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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Rediscover a lost civilization beginning February 10, 2018 at our upcoming special exhibit.

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There's always something exciting happening at MPM!


Research & Collections

Find out more about the 4,000,000+ objects in our collection.

Spring Break

Visit us for various programs in Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed and out on our Museum floors.


Adult Sleepover

Adults—ever wonder what it’s like to spend a night at the Museum? Brave MPM after dark on Friday, April 20, 2018!

Summer Camps

Give your child an unforgettable summer of fun and learning at MPM’s day, two-day, or week-long summer camps.


New Museum App

MPM All In  is a free app that helps families and groups, including visitors with autism and disabilities, plan their visit or interact while at the Museum.

414 Day

Immerse yourself in all things Milwaukee on 414 Day at MPM!


Become a Member

Receive free general admission for one year, free Planetarium shows, parking discounts, event invites, and many other benefits!

Make a Donation

Your gift helps inspire curiosity, excite minds, and increase desire to preserve and protect our world’s natural and cultural diversity.

Corporate Partners

Support education programs, community outreach, and scientific research, while creating unique opportunities for your company.

Thursday, March 22nd

Planetarium - Wisconsin Stargazing

  • 11:30 am
  • 2:30 pm

Website_poster_graphics_WiStar.jpgTake a live tour of the current Wisconsin night sky in this 22-minute guided Planetarium program. A lively astronomy educator will show you all of the current sights on a clear Dome Theater “sky,” such as planets, constellations, meteors, and other fun celestial phenomena. The program includes a cosmic Q&A session and requests from the audience.



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Humpback Whales - Giant Film

  • 1:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:30 pm

whaleNarrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.


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Planetarium - The First Stargazers

  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

stargazerTravel back in time to explore The First Stargazers! Experience how ancient eyes saw the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who reveals amazing tales from cultures all across the globe. Witness the very first stargazer making a moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god of the Maya. You will also tower above the Giza pyramids, fly around fascinating Stonehenge, and have many more ancient adventures!




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