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Wisconsin's Natural History Museum

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50 Years of Volunteers

Throughout 2019, MPM will celebrating 50 years of our volunteer program!
 

Summer Camps

Give your child an unforgettable summer of fun and learning at MPM’s summer camps.

BioBlitz

While the scientists are in the field, join us for fun during the BioBlitz Festival at Riveredge Nature Center!

MPM All In

Our free mobile app  helps families and groups, including visitors with autism and disabilities, plan their visit or interact while at the Museum.

MPM on the Move

Our outreach program brings the Museum to the community!

 

Become a Member

Receive free general admission for one year, free Planetarium programs, 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.

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The Power of Poison

Explore poison’s role in nature, myth, history, and health.

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Programs

There's always something exciting happening at MPM!

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Research & Collections

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

Friday, May 24th

Planetarium - Wisconsin Stargazing

  • 10:30 am
  • 12:30 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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Robots 3D

  • 2:00 pm

robotTake a lively tour of the world to meet a dozen of the most remarkable robots in Europe, Japan, and the US! From Robonaut, the first space robot handyman, to robot butlers and home-helper humanoids to eerily human-looking androids to search-and-rescue robots, this film showcases the latest cutting-edge efforts —as well as the challenges —driving roboticists, engineers, and scientists around the globe to new breakthroughs. Take an  exciting look at what makes us human, how far machines must go to look and act like us, and how humanoids are already changing our world. Addressing technological and philosophical questions with clarity and humor, Robots 3D provides a glimpse into a future in which man and machine forge an increasingly sophisticated relationship.

Showing March 30 - June 14, 2019

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Great Barrier Reef - Giant Film

  • 11:30 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm

boat with reefEvery year, millions of visitors travel by way of fins, flippers, and feet to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world: the Great Barrier Reef – a living treasure trove of biodiversity. There is still so much to learn, and knowledge is the key to understanding more about this living Eden. A thriving metropolis populated by a cast of characters straight out of an adventure novel – heroes, bad guys, sidekicks, lovers, and clowns – they’re all players in this vast underwater drama. Today, a new generation of reef guardians are committed to protecting this marine reserve, making a difference and sharing their knowledge of this extraordinary ecosystem, the beating heart of the reef. Learn how this amazing sanctuary has endured for thousands of years and will continue to do so far into the future.

Showing March 30 - June 14, 2019

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Planetarium - Cosmic Colors

  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 3:00 pm

nebulaTake a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond!  Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red, and more. Explore the invisible universe! Tour within a plant leaf and voyage inside the human eye.  Investigate x-rays at the doctor's office and in a monstrous black hole. You'll even witness the real color of an ancient dinosaur!

Showing March 30 - June 14, 2019

 

 

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