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Betty Brinn Children's Museum

929 East Wisconsin Avenue

Mission Statement

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.


Amber Raflik

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
A place for parents to bring their children and let them run rampid while they sit on their phone. There is no method or supervision to how the children play. If you want your child to try an exhibit, be ready to wait for at least half an hour while the other child takes their turn since no one emphasizes sharing or taking turns. The available exhibits are pretty neat, and there could be some strong learning if there was any supervision or guidance to the play.

Clint Hendricks

Sunday, July 22, 2018
The museum itself probably deserves more stars but we had such a horrible experience just getting there. This place may be fun for kids if you can ever find it. There was no clear signage from the lakefront. We finally cut through a parking garage. When we did find a sign there was no indication of an entrance with a ramp for strollers or wheel chairs so we ended up carrying the stroller. The entrance required opening some closed unmarked metal doors. Then after entering the museum we discover the transportation exhibit promenently displayed on its website has been removed from the museum. This is the exhibit that my son wanted to see for the giant train locomotive. He was extremely disappointed and we were done with our experience. Thankfully a manager refunded our admission. I don't think we will be returning.

Sami Garza-Nagel

Saturday, June 16, 2018
This place is amazing! I took my son and his cousins and they had the best time. From playing in the shopping/work area, to the nature area, to the big like factory-esque area, to the ramps with the golf balls, and the big play place. They were just thrilled. We went on a free night but the prices are so reasonable that we are planning on doing a day trip as well. Great for kids to be active and learn indoors on crummy days. Loved it!

Ryan Nielsen

Friday, June 29, 2018
My children loved it here. There is so much to do. The little village set up in there is amazing it let's the kids get a feel for all different types of grownup jobs. Even a little supermarket for them to pretend shop.

Marlo Hendricks

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
First this is terribly signed. There is no clear place to park. There are 2 US Bank parking garages, do not park at the Michigan one. Second there is no signage on how to actually get into the museum. We walked around for 20 minutes trying to find the entrance. And very few elevators around the entrance. Third there is no train. After walking around for 15 minutes we asked and they informed us it's been taken down to move to another museum. They need to remove the photo of it from their website. Not impressed, in fact very disappointed. Will not return.

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