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Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

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Milwaukee Public Museum displays human and natural history through millions of artifacts. The museum's permanent exhibits spread over four floors and cover everything from tiniest animals to recreated natural habitats, villages and artwork from all over the world. The Wisconsin area is also well-represented with exhibits covering its geology and the natural world, as well as recreated streets of Old Milwaukee. The museum features a dome theater with 3-D projectors and digital surround system that regularly shows educational movies. You can take a tour of the skies in the museum's planetarium, the largest one in Wisconsin. Rental wheelchairs and strollers are available, as well as a family space for nursing mothers and visitors with small children. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Milwaukee holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Milwaukee Public Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Myself, my sister and her kiddos visited recently and had a great time. A lot of exhibits and very informative. 
    Myself, my sister and her kiddos visited recently and had a great time. A lot of exhibits and very informative.  more »
  • We always enjoy this museum. There is a lot to view, and the dioramas are excellent. The butterfly exhibit is a must see. There are many interactive exhibits. Plan to spend at least 3 hours to... 
    We always enjoy this museum. There is a lot to view, and the dioramas are excellent. The butterfly exhibit is a must see. There are many interactive exhibits. Plan to spend at least 3 hours to...  more »
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  • Awesome! I have visited numerous museums in the US and around the world. This one stands out as one of the best collections and experiences I have ever had. You can spend an entire day at the museum and still not have seen everything they have to offer. One of the best exhibits is the butterfly sanctuary. Here you fully engage in nature and history. This is a must see for everyone! Please note that the museum will be be moving to a new facility in 2026, in order to house their collection of 4 million and growing.
  • Very informative History Museum. The employees are very friendly, and always willing to help if asked. Love how much information is tied to each exhibit. This is not a museum that you can do quickly, as even walking through it would take you several hours. I think honestly to interact and read everything it would take you multiple trips. We've been here numerous times over the years, and I continue to learn new information when going. We did take our school-age children here, and after spending several hours, they did get tired towards the end. Although we're ones to really read through things. The museum itself is multi-leveled, there are escalators, stairs and elevators to access the various levels. You do get a map when entering , as well as there are various places throughout the museum that has maps. On the ground floor there is a Cafe and a Coffee House with traditional Museum prices. They do have kid friendly options, as well as warm food and snack type items. However, with very good reason, food and drink are not allowed in the exhibit area. The planetarium is very cool! We saw the stargazing in Wisconsin presentation, and it was both informational and wonderful to see. Definitely not something you should do if you have motion sickness though. Also a big fan of the butterfly exhibit. Love that this is part of the museum. We saw hundreds of butterflies and even had a few land on us in the 20 minutes we spend in here. There is a parking garage attached to the museum. You can pay when you're leaving, or at the kiosk prior to getting in your car. Bonus, I'm always surprised how clean it is as well! Kudos to the cleaning staff.

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