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Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum

Founded 1882, the Milwaukee Public Museum, one of the largest natural history museums in the United States, is an intersection of human history and natural science. We educate, explore, discover and preserve the world and its people. The Museum 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 currently houses over 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.


Milwaukee Public Museum

800 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233


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Accessibility Information


There are metered spaces available on most downtown streets. Meters are free on Sundays. There are also several municipal lots near MPM, including MacArthur Square parking structure which is adjacent to the Museum and is accessible via James Lovell Street. The parking structure includes an entrance to the Museum on the ground level, eliminating the need to walk outside. Members receive a discount when visiting the Museum (this $5 flat-rate is for MPM members only — get your ticket validated at Member Services). For more parking options and maps, visit The Milwaukee Public Museum is also fully accessible to people with disabilities. Please see our accessibility page for details.


Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

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