We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478
Phone Number:
+1 414-278-2702
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

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.).

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$25.00*
and up
Milwaukee Sightseeing Bus Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 774 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 481
    Excellent
  • 223
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
One of my favorite museums!

I was impressed when I first came here 8 years ago and I felt that the museum was even better this time around. The Rainforest exhibit is interesting and interactive. Walking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Ayesha M
,
Downers Grove, Illinois
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Milwaukee

Add Photo Write a Review

774 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 760: English reviews
Downers Grove, Illinois
Level Contributor
185 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was impressed when I first came here 8 years ago and I felt that the museum was even better this time around. The Rainforest exhibit is interesting and interactive. Walking through the butterfly exhibition was fun because there are butterflies everywhere. The old streets of Milwaukee is just absolutely fabulous. You definitely need a good 4 hours at least... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ayesha M
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We're very proud of our exhibits and we're glad you enjoyed them. Please visit us again soon as we make updates to other exhibits. Thank you for the review. More 

Level Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent time. Informative exhibits that are well done. Old Milwaukee exhibit takes you back in time. The Native American exhibit was very interesting. The IMAX/planetarium show well worth seeing. A must see if you are in Milwaukee.

Helpful?
Thank Tom M
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

That was such an informative review about our informative exhibits. We're so happy you had an excellent time during your day at the Museum. Thank you for the review. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Known for it's outstanding exhibits. The IMAX theater is always showing something interesting and fun.

Helpful?
Thank Nowcat
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Our National Geographic Dome Theater usually changes out it's show offerings quarterly. Thank you for the review. More 

Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a different range of age groups here. A little was to young. But older kids seem to enjoy it.. Lots of reading to do. 3 floors couldnt find any maps to show me around. Love all the old stuff and kids learning about all the stuff... parking was expensive. for handicap .

Helpful?
Thank nastassja b
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

If you are unable to find a visitor map on the exhibit floor, we always have them at each admission window and our Visitor Services desk. Thank you for the review. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had been at least a year since I had been to the museum and it's just as wonderful as remembered, and actually more so with the renovations to the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit. The museum complex really has something for everyone. A planetarium show, an IMAX theatre, the permanent exhibits that really wowed me as a child and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Deanne W
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

As one of the largest natural history museums in the country, with over 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, we have something to satisfy every curiosity. Your review sums up all that we love about our Museum and more. Thank you for the review. More 

Park Ridge, Illinois
Level Contributor
42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is easily a 5 hr tour & worth it. Great exhibits to learn from. By all means make this a stop & see everything there is.

Helpful?
Thank Larry K
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We agree, everyone should make this a stop whether it is 2 hours or 8 hours. Thank you for the review. More 

Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
138 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the nicest and most interesting museums with lots and lots of information for kids and adults alike. I will visit again.

Helpful?
Thank swiffy_new
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We can't wait for you to visit again! Thank you for the review. More 

Hartford, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely museum to visit for the day! Tons of things to see and interact with. Butterfly garden is just fabulous! New displays in Old Milwaukee and European villages was just marvelous! If you are from Milwaukee there is a lot of places from our childhoods that are still in business! Great learning experiences!! Fun for all ages!!

Helpful?
1 Thank Kate E
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Lots of places from our childhoods, but we're adding new favorites for you to love. Thank you for the review. More 

Okemos, Michigan
Level Contributor
34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spending a few hours wandering the streets of Old Milwaukee, entering the butterfly room and seeing the National Parks movie at the planetarium on a cold winter day. Great place for families!

Helpful?
Thank lizpahl
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We love when families spend a day with us at the Museum! Thank you for the review. More 

United States
Level Contributor
46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow. I love this museum!! This was my first time visiting and I am very impressed!! This museum sure gives the Chicago Field Museum a run for their money!! The exhibits are fantastic and the staff members were so helpful! Love this museum and will return again on my next visit to Milwaukee!! This was a perfect place to spend... More 

Helpful?
Thank tpadul
Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We love this Museum as well and we love your review! Thank you. More 

Travellers who viewed Milwaukee Public Museum also viewed

 

Been to Milwaukee Public Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Milwaukee Public Museum and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
11 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Milwaukee Public Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?