“A museum of human and natural history”
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.
Kind of a mixed bag for me. For a public museum, it has a TON of exhibits (it's four floors) that can easily fill an afternoon with wandering and reading and some are absolutely top notch. They also bring in some truly interesting traveling exhibits. At the same time, some of the exhibits feel dated (think 60s nature film or textbook) or offer little information on their subject (like a diorama that doesn't name the creatures depicted). They've made some other updates recently, so maybe my gripes will be addressed in the future.
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Milwaukee Public Museum
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