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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.


Katie Knutson

Friday, March 2, 2018
The price is a bit steep since you have to pay for kids and adults, but it was a fun and unique place to spend a few hours. There was an area specifically for kids 4 and under which was great for the 2-year old we brought. The giant train with dials and a horn seemed to be a favorite for many. The museum is basically a bunch of educational toys (some extremely sophisticated) and many interactive science type toys that looked fun for elementary aged kids. Several activities weren't set up or were broken. It seemed like they were prepared to lead groups of older kids through the activities. We didn't witness this, but if it happens, that would be the way to do it. Lots of signs and words explaining things but the kids weren't interested in reading them on their own - they seemed to prefer a more unorganized free play approach, probably because that's what they felt that they had.

Jake Baldwin

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
I cannot recommend this place enough. If you live nearby and can get out here at least 3-4 times a year; buy a membership. Just going 3 times will pay for itself, and members only pay $3 for any length of parking. The interactive exhibits focus on work (you can pretend to do many jobs) along with props and costumes. They also have an area that focuses on reading and different arts and crafts (including graphic arts) for kids. They have an indoor playground area where the floor plan is one big board game, and they have a gated section for very small children. My girls never want to leave.

Benjamin Page

Monday, March 12, 2018
We loved exploring the museum and the number of different, imaginative spaces for play had us lost for hours! There is a cool local flare to many of the "career" themed places, and ample opportunity for learning and different activities to suit all kinds of children. I recommend arriving early to beat the crowds, as it was much easier to move about and enjoy. You can pack a picnic lunch and take it in the lobby.

Yolanda Thomas

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Very nice place for 3 to 7 or 8. The inner workings of many things lie here, awaiting your child's reaction. Despite it being downtown, parking was not an issue and the walk was quite picturesque. Be prepared to do a lot of explaining to the little ones- there is much for them to get an understanding of

Mike Norris

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Fun place for kids. Some interesting things that will keep adults entertained as well. That said, can get crazy packed. And it kind of smells like a kids play place in spots. Ovefall not a bad time.

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