Betty Brinn Children's Museum
The Betty Brinn Children's Museum is dedicated to providing interactive exhibits and educational resources that promote the healthy development of children in their formative years - from birth through age ten. The Museum experience encourages hands-on learning and the development of fundamental skills, self-esteem, and the ability to work with others. Caregivers use the Museum as a resource that provides information on early childhood brain development, learning styles, and effective parenting skills. The Museum maintains a strong commitment to providing access to all children and families in the community, including low-income and special needs families.
The Betty Brinn Children's Museum opened its doors on April 4, 1995, thanks to a grassroots effort begun by three Milwaukee women determined to create a place where families in Southeastern Wisconsin could learn and play together. Therese Binder, Susie Gruenberg and Julie Sattler-Rosene rallied community support to secure a location for the Museum and to raise the necessary funds. After six years of persistence and hard work, their hope for a children's museum finally came to fruition. The Museum has become a Milwaukee landmark and treasured educational organization for locals and visitors alike.
I've been taking my children here since 2004, and they love it. My teenage son has fond memories of time spent playing with the various sets, but my daughter is young enough to still go. She begs me all the time to take her, and it's hard to get her to leave when it's time to go. The admission price is pretty good and the different sets are educational, interactive, and so cool. It's always changing, too. Every time we go, it's so different, but always the kids have really enjoyed themselves. It's so clean inside, which must be hard with all those small toys. Parking is easy, and you can get your ticket validated which gives you $2 off. The walk from the car to the building was all indoors, which I appreciated since it was well below zero outside. Overall, it was a great experience!
Kids had a great time! There were many different opportunities for the children to explore. There were also some new exhibits that were cool. The kids loved the baseball one where they ran their fastest and had their speed clocked. Unfortunately there were also many areas in need of repair. Hopefully next time everything will be working as it should.
My kids wanted to go "one last time" because they have actually outgrown this museum. There are a few really nice editions that are educational and encouraging kids to read. A place to bring toddlers on a cold winter day. We have great memories from when they were little which is awesome.
Fun displays and lots to do. It's a little disappointing that there is no place to buy lunch in the museum itself, but my kids had fun. I love the little Sendicks market and the channel 4 News Station. I will def go back.
Great place for kids. The staff was friendly, engaging, entertaining, and most of all knowledgeable. There are a lot of life areas for children to explore. I would return for another visit.