Milwaukee is renowned for its diverse and captivating museums, offering visitors a rich cultural experience with a wide range of exhibits and collections.  One museum that holds a special place for us is the prestigious Milwaukee Public Museum, committed to delving into the natural and cultural history of the world. Our family enjoyed exploring the diverse exhibits, lifelike dioramas, and interactive displays, making it a memorable and educational experience for all.


  • See the Dinosaurs at Third Planet (Level 1). The dioramas are based on their expeditions to Montana.  Tip: Head upstairs for a better view of the dinosaurs.

  • Visit The Streets of Old Milwaukee and the European Village (Level 1). We loved strolling through the recreated village still decked out for the holidays. Even better when the candy shop was open and we could buy candy!

The European Village features 33 different European countries showcasing the different holiday traditions. It was nice to see different Christmas trees decorated in the specific culture.

  • Watch as butterflies fly around you at the Puelicher Butterfly Wing. (Level 1)

  • Go around the world (3rd Floor). The recreated villages of Asia, Africa, and Pacific Islands were amazing.

TIPS TO ENJOY A DAY AT Milwaukee Public Museum

  • Park at the garage ($$) or find street parking for free
  • Look out for free days like Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays. ALL visitors* (excluding groups) receive FREE access to the permanent exhibits of MPM on the first Thursday of every month during Kohl’s Thank You Thursday. You can reserve tickets online. 
  • Save money. Get a CityPass or ASTC Membership (we love ASTC and have gotten our money’s worth by visiting only 2 museums!)  to save money.
  • Bring your pennies and change. I think penny machines are the best souvenir. You can find a few throughout the museum.
  • Feel free to pack a lunch and eat it at the designated tables. They also have a cafeteria.
  • Nurse your baby in private. Located on the First Floor near the elevators, is a private, locked space for personal care needs including medical and adult changing needs with supplies. A museum staff member must unlock the space for use.


Location: 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Hours: Check website for hours.
Ticket prices: Adult 18-64: $24; Teen 14-17: $24; Senior 65+: $20; Youth 4-13: $18; Military/College: $20
Parking: Connected parking garage $$