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Milwaukee Public Museum

800 West Wells Street

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The Milwaukee Public Museum, one of the largest in the United States, is a museum of human and natural history providing a dynamic and stimulating environment for learning, with something to excite and challenge visitors with a diversity of interests.

The Museum Center hosts over 700,000 visitors per year and is conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee, just minutes from the interstate.

From its modest beginnings in 1882, the Milwaukee Public Museum has grown considerably, with its current collections containing more than 4.5 million specimens. Permanent exhibits are contained in three and a half floors of exhibit area, with additional space for traveling and temporary exhibits. Tour the Museum's 150,000 square feet of exhibit space to visit Africa, Asia, Europe, the Arctic, South and Middle America, the Pacific Islands and a Costa Rican Rainforest.

Take a small step back in time to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee and European Village and to ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Or, take a giant leap back more than 65 million years to The Third Planet, to see the one of the largest dinosaur skulls ever found and a life-sized replica of Tyrannosaurus rex. Stroll amid free-flying butterflies from around the world in The Puelicher Butterfly Wing.


Ee Vang

Friday, July 6, 2018
I really love coming to the museum with my kids. You can always learn something new and spy new things you walked past by before. Love the butterfly exhibit and the old homes from back in the day. It's amazing. I sometimes love to imagine being there and going back in time. I would recommend for anyone!

Jason Strode

Sunday, July 22, 2018
We visited on a Friday (family of 7 children 4 months- 8 years). My kids thought this place was great. They really enjoyed the IMAX, the Old Milwaukee display and the European village. For the price we thought it was great. Would recommend if you have children who are interested in history and learning.

Diane Wolter

Thursday, July 19, 2018
So much to see. First Thursday of the month is free. As a senior it takes more than one visit to see everything. Live butterfly room was wonderful. Nice cafe. Great place to take visitors from out of town.

Lyndsay Nejdlik

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Love love love the museum!! I go here multiple times a year and have gone ever since I can remember. It's my favorite place to go. Have gone here for many birthdays and dates. I also participated in the overnight sleep over, a very unique experience. Plus the first Thursday of the month is free admission! Amazing place, beautiful exhibits.

JK 47

Sunday, June 10, 2018
My wife and I had a good time. My wife had never been there, and I haven't been there in 30 years. It is a lot bigger than I remember. It was neat seeing the exhibits I remember from childhood still there. My wife really enjoyed the butterfly exhibit, as well. If you come prepared and energized, you can definitely get your money's worth out of your visit.

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