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Milwaukee Public Museum

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Address: 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478
Phone Number: +1 414-278-2702
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Featuring more than 4.5 million objects and a variety of exciting exhibits,...

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 month with extended hours (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.).

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A surprise gem in Milwaukee

The attention to detail is a bit astounding. The streets of old Milwaukee exhibit is very fun. It's like blinking your eyes and being transported to a giant doll house. Whoever... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The attention to detail is a bit astounding. The streets of old Milwaukee exhibit is very fun. It's like blinking your eyes and being transported to a giant doll house. Whoever put a real candy shop in there was genius. The Native American dioramas are very impressive as well. There's a lot to see. Plan for about 4 hours if... More 

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

There is a lot to see here with exhibits spanning three floors and a mezzanine. Thank you for the review. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my wife took my daughter and her friend both age 10 to the museum for about 4 hours. The top thing was the butterfly exhibit for the girls, they really enjoyed the interaction with the beautiful butterflies. The next top spots were European Village and the Ancient Civilizations. The planetarium also was a family favorite. I would highly... More 

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Our ASTC reciprocal member benefits give FREE admission to more than 300 museums worldwide. Thank you for the review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to go to learn our history and kill 3 hours if needed. The planetarium is a must see. There is also penny smashing machines.

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We have 5 penny pressing machines throughout the Museum with 8 different designs to choose from. Thank you for the review. More 

Manchester Township, New Jersey
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place had it all. It was like going back in time. It was three floors of informative history. Be prepared to walk for about two hours and it's worth it. I love history and learned plenty. Make sure you have enough time on your parking meter. It is worth your while to stop and and learn about our history.

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We are connected to a parking structure owned by the city, Mac Arthur Square, if you don't want to worry about metered parking. Thank you for the review. More 

Ontario, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum and a definite must see if in Milwaukee. There is lots to see and the exhibits are wonderfully done, very life like and detailed. Not only is there a great deal of history about Milwaukee and Wisconsin (we learned a lot about the area) there are many other exhibits to see and learn about - Arctic region, Africa,... More 

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We are a beloved experience for many local schools. If you're looking to steer clear of "bus loads of school kids," I would recommend avoiding Monday-Friday mornings during the months of October-May. Thank you for the review. More 

Hillsboro, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

my kids love the butterly room and the ancient civilization areas. wonderful museum with something for everyone

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Our butterfly vivarium is one of the most popular exhibit spaces, and Crossroads of Civilization being our newest permanent exhibit created is gaining its own fan base as well. Thank you for the review. More 

Middle River
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was on a business trip and wanted to explore Milwaukee I had a few hours on my own so I walked to the museum from my hotel. I enjoyed the museum displays of the villages and all there exhibits It is one of the best I have ever visited I recommended it to other people at the convention I... More 

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Being only a block and a half from the Wisconsin Convention Center, we're a great place to stop while visiting. Thank you for the review. More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kids absolutely loved going here! With the planetarium and cafe inside also perfect day spent with my little ones and my college student!

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Little ones, college students, guests of all ages will find something to engage their interest. Thank you for the review. More 

Delaware
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42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is a really nice museum with a diversity of exhibits that showcase regional archaeology and history. There is a coffee shop if you need a rest and easy parking. This is a great activity for rainy or cold days.

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We're also a great stop for hot days. Thank you for the review. More 

Pasadena, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

A lot of natural science and a lot about different cultures. You can find things to entertain adults and children. Lotd pf lifesize dioramas

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We have something for visitors of all ages. Thank you for the review. More 

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