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Milwaukee Public Museum

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Featuring more than 4.5 million objects and a variety of exciting exhibits, this is considered one of the best natural history museums in the United States. Kohl's Thank You Thursday allows free admission to the museum the first Thursday of every...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
800 W Wells St, Handicap accessable door and if there are scooters, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478
+1 414-278-6143
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The public museum hasn’t changed much in a long time, but we do like the new streets of old Milwaukee and take time to see the special exhibit when there is one. I have yet to find them all but there are still some secrets...More

Thank MaRR1900
Reviewed 3 days ago

My sister and I had two hours to kill before she took me to the airport. This museum could have easily taken all day, so we had to pick and choose where we went. My favorite exhibits were the frogs, the butterflies, the mummies and...More

Thank Kim O
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum isn’t gigantic, like something in Chicago or New York, but it covers all the basic exhibits you’d see at any metropolitan museum. Where it really shines is how it showcases how Milwaukee was an integral part of the history of building the country,...More

Thank mmbernadette2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to spend a day. Exhibits are great and the planetarium was a lot of fun. Really like the Old World Milwaukee displays.

Thank Keith D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Streets of Milwaukee and dinosaur exhibits are especially well done, but I try to make it to their special exhibits. The current one on frogs have varied and fascinating live specimens which any age can enjoy although the exhibit is geared to a grade...More

Thank nancygH189OE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Milwaukee Museum, this trip we only went to the planetarium and IMAX movie. We went to the Wisconsin sky show, it would be great for kids, but we were adults. We also attended a 3D underwater movie, I was expecting IMAX (full...More

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I haven’t been here since I was a teenager (about 25 years ago) and there was so much that hasn’t changed (comforting and familiar, yet slightly off that it hasn’t been updated a bit). I always loved the Old Streets of Milwaukee and I still...More

Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Great place to orient to Wisconsin - not just current but history, pre-historic, and life over the time the area was settled. Something for everyone in the family.

Thank Jo H
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Plan to spend several hours at the Milwaukee Public Museum. They emphasize Wisconsin, but cover much of the world. It is a natural history museum, but with enough about various societies to make it relevant in history. Be advised that the "planetarium" is not a...More

Thank BigfootMN
Reviewed 23 September 2018

I love that place. I have been there so many times. I love the planetarium and the IMAX theater. It is a good and educational place.

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14 October 2018|
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Response from Bruce S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took a lot.
27 August 2018|
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Response from Akira306 | Reviewed this property |
There are benches in the exhibit area where yo can take a break but I don't think you can have food. You will have to come down and have your food at cafe/lunch area.
26 May 2018|
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Response from Richard M | Reviewed this property |
All the answers make sense to me, really. I could spend a couple hours, or a whole day, depending on other commitments. Plus, because I live in the area I can always go back!