Potential Partnerships and Locations

While MPM's initial investigation for its future location is just getting started, and there is much thorough due diligence ahead, we are excited about our future.

To date, the community has shared our excitement and in some cases, possible concepts, dynamic partnerships, and several potential locations. 

We are committed to a thorough research process and exploring many different, exciting concepts that we believe will produce a new Museum that will inspire generations to come. 

While designing a new Museum facility is a significantly complex project and there will be many ideas MPM will be exploring over the coming months, we are excited to share just a few of the many possibilities we are exploring:

  • One concept involves bringing three of Milwaukee's beloved cultural institutions onto one campus in the heart of downtown -- the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Betty Brinn Children's Museum on the current site of the Marcus Center parking garage. Initiated and led by the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the 2017 Marcus Prize winner Jeanne Gang, a studio of talented graduate students is currently envisioning several innovative and bold concepts for a shared cultural campus. The work of the students will be completed and shared publicly in December 2018.
  • Announced in October 2018, County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic has proposed Mitchell Park as a possible site for the new Milwaukee Public Museum and recommended a combined governing structure to manage the Museum and the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. As an amendment to the 2019 County Budget, the County Board of Supervisors' Finance and Audit Committee has recommended the creation of a new task force created by Milwaukee County to explore the feasibility of collocating the facilities in Mitchell Park. MPM will participate in the task force and is interested in the findings the process will produce.
  • Local firm Rinka Chung Architects graciously donated its time and talents to create a visionary concept for a future Museum building. Click here to view their concept.
  • Additionally, Milwaukee firm Zimmerman Architectural Studios used MPM as a case study for their design teams to create several concepts on sites of their own choosing. One of the Zimmerman design teams played with the idea of an MPM concept located on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Click here to view their concept.
  • We’ve also enlisted major museum design firms from around the country, including Gallagher & Associates (Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco and Singapore), Luci Creative (Chicago and Boston), Local Projects (New York City), Peter Hyde Design (Brooklyn, NY), and MPM’s very own exhibit designers to create design concepts for future exhibits. Click here to view the concepts.