Natural History & Culture Museums

Make your trip to Milwaukee educational and fun with stops at these popular local museums. Experience interactive exhibits, touch live butterflies, and step back into the past and forward into the future.

  1. Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

    Family-friendly Museum

    Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

    Milwaukee's only museum designed specifically for kids ages 10 and younger, featuring hands-on exhibits and interactive programs. Step inside Home Town, a kid-sized community where kids can explore a manufacturing exhibit, post office, construction site, TV studio and more. Kids will discover exciting hands-on exhibits that teach them about healthy lifestyles, art, trains and rotating special exhibits.

    929 E. Wisconsin Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 390-5437
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  2. Discovery World

    Science & Technology

    Discovery World

    This spectacular museum complex on Milwaukee's lakefront brings science, technology, and water to life through fun and educational activities kids love. Take a 3-D journey into virtual environments, lie on a bed of nails, drive a racecar simulator and more. See aquatic life from the Great Lakes, North Atlantic and the Caribbean in the Reiman Aquarium, including a walk-through tunnel and creatures to interact with in the Touch Tank. Other exciting experiences include day sails on the Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan, DIY projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab, and live theater shows.

    500 N. Harbor Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 765-9966
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  3. Celebrate the history and contributions of Southeastern Wisconsin’s Jewish community. Changing special exhibits like “Jews Who Rock” and “Stitching History from the Holocaust” explore the breadth of the Jewish experience alongside historic pieces in the permanent collection.

    1360 N. Prospect Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 390-5730
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  4. Travel around the world, back in time, and to the depths of the oceans. Visit the turn of the century at the Streets of Old Milwaukee and European Village exhibits – not far enough? How about going back 65 million years with one of the world’s largest dinosaur skulls? You’ll also visit Africa, Asia, Europe, the Arctic, South and Middle America, the Pacific Islands, and a Costa Rican Rainforest. Add in special exhibits and the live butterflies the Puelicher Butterfly Wing, and you can see practically the entire world in these three and a half floors downtown.

    800 W. Wells Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53233
    (414) 278-2728
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  5. You don’t need to be flying to visit this free aviation museum located in the General Mitchell International Airport, but it is a great way to spend some time at the airport! Exhibits feature great aviators, historic aircraft, and the history of General Mitchell Field.

    Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
    5300 S. Howell Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI • 53207
    (414) 747-4503
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