Milwaukee Public Museum

800 West Wells Street

About us:

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.


Cynthia Nelson

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

I love this museum. I specifically went to see the Weapons exhibit. Loved the addition of interns in the Weapons exhibit to questions and guide visitors within the exhibit. Pleased to see older exhibits being replaced or upgraded. During my visit the Streets of Old Milwaukee were decorated for Christmas. I was disappointed decorations were not historically appropriate. They had modern trimmings in garlands. Will return in February/March when the new Maya exhibit opens.

Cayla Devine

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Didn't let us into the special exhibit until an hour and a half before they were closing (would have had 2.5 hours if they just let us in after paying). When we got in there were only like 6 people in there anyway... But the Maya exhibit was great, lots of interactive exhibits. Had to speed through and miss most of it though.

Gary Burant

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Always a fun time at the museum. Doesn't matter if you're with some kids or just looking for an afternoon activity, it's always worth the trip. There's always something new to see with the special exhibits. My personal favorite spot is the crossroads to civilization on the top floor. One can easily spend an entire day walking around the museum.

Seth Wheeler

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Fantastic natural/human history museum- much bigger than I expected. The miniatures and models of humans were very realistic and I was very impressed by them, I even thought a few of them were real people! The museum covered a number of controversial topics in a way I (as a white man for what it's worth) thought was pretty tasteful. Despite referring to native Americans as Indians throughout the exhibits, they managed to portray their culture and some interesting facts without ignoring that these people still exist today like many exhibits do. They also pay attention to a number of smaller cultures, especially on the third floor with cultures surrounding Tibet, the Pacific Islands, and so on that I had never heard of. I wouldn't recommend what I saw of the planetarium/theatre but it was free with the ticket so it's worth going just to see how big the screen is. Some of the taxidermy looks a little cheesy and old but overall this is one of the better museums I've been to and is definitely worth checking out- with or without kids.

Jodie Statler

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

I attended a wedding here. It was beautiful and classy. The museum allowed us to tour parts which led a fun atmosphere to event. Candy shop open to guests. Food was delicious, dance floor was open and large enough. I have been to museum numerous ous times in past and have always enjoyed it. Large, children friendly. Displays are kept up, and area is clean. Ample parking. Prices fair.