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Love a good natural history museum? Head to Wisconsin!

The Milwaukee Public Museum began life all the way back in 1882, and today is home to over 4 million specimens that YOU can see!

The permanent exhibits are spread across three and a half floors, and we haven't started on the temporary exhibit space either! As you walk around the 150,000 sq ft of exhibits the family can explore the marvels of Africa, the wonders of Europe, be amazed as you delve into South and Middle America, and even stretch out to discover the Pacific Islands and even a Costa Rican Rainforest!

Love history? At the Milwaukee Public Museum kids can take a step back in time to explore the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee as well as explore a European Village. Want to see how ancient Mediterranean civilizations work? Here you can!

Then you can go back even further and see the world's LARGEST known dinosaur skull! Pretty amazing! That and a life sized replica of a T Rex and you are back in the Jurassic times!

Keep an eye out for the many events that the Milwaukee Public Museum host across the year too, as they are great for families! There are also guided museum tours, book clubs, "Science On Tap", seasonal fun and SO much more!

So why not explore the wonders, animals, cultures, and natural environments of this amazing world we live in. It's a great learning experience for kids, and there is plenty to see!

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How much does it cost?






$10 to $11



Free access to permanent exhibits the first Thursday of the month


Free Under

3 years


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Any top tips?


Check out the times for the Planetarium shows online before you go so you don't miss out!

I'm Hungry!


They have a Museum Cafe where you can pick up some delicious meals, as well as the coffee kiosk to grab a delicious hot drink!

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Where is it at?

Teachers corner


Educator resources and field trip options available.

Can I get one of those?


Bring that pocket money because there is not only a Museum Marketplace to grab those gifts and souvniers, AND a Candy Store!

Need a little extra help?


Wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent at the ticket windows on a first-come, first-served basis. They aim to make the whole experience available to all, but check with staff when you arrive

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Baby Facilities

A quiet, private space on the first floor is available for use by nursing mothers and parents of small children who need a break.

When can we go?


10am - 5pm weekdays / 9am - 5pm Saturday / 11am - 5pm Sunday (early closes on select days so check online)

Open year round but closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day

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