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Samurai Armour on exhibit in Weapons Beyond the Blade

Weapons: Beyond the Blade

MPM is excited to present our new cutting-edge exhibit, highlighting stunning examples of weapons throughout history.

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There's always something exciting happening at MPM!


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

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MPM Overnights

Join MPM on Friday, May 18 and explore the mysterious Maya  ruins at this action-packed overnight expedition!  On sale soon.

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Saturday, November 18th

Deck the Streets: Kick-Off Celebration

  • 10:00 am

Experience the   Streets    like never before, as our turn-of-the-century exhibit transforms into a holiday wonderland. Peek into some of your favorite storefronts adorned in traditional seasonal flair, parade past exterior façades garnished with the Victorian-era touch... Think wreaths, ribbons, garland, holly, bell pulls, and more!

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One World, One Sky

  • 9:30 am

Website_poster_graphics_oneworld.jpgTake an adventure with Big Bird into outer space and learn about the Sun, the Moon, and the constellations. Together with Elmo and a new pal from China, Hu Hu Zhu, you’ll see the night skies from Sesame Street, Zhima Jie, and all over earth. On this cross-culture voyage, our little viewers will discover how different outer space is from Earth, and how people all over the world are connected to each other. For children ages 4-6. One World, One Sky plays at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday morning.

This Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium show is funded by PNC.

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Hidden Stories: Warfare Tour

  • 11:30 am

Website_poster_graphics_Weapons2.jpgIn this docent-led tour in conjunction with Weapons: Beyond the Blade, hear stories about MPM's most interesting weapons of warfare from around world.

Dates: Saturdays, October 7 - December 30*
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: $4/person plus admission; $2 MPM members

*There will be no tours October 28 and December 2.

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Planetarium - Wisconsin Stargazing

  • 10:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 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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Sky Wars: Battles of Discovery

  • 11:30 am
  • 3:30 pm

Website_poster_graphics_skywars.jpgIn this Planetarium program, follow the struggles as new discoveries alter our view of Earth and its place in the universe. Witness the connections and conflicts between astronomy and astrology. See how the Earth went from a flat place to a round world -- from a static, motionless home to a spinning, orbiting planet! Finally, voyage into the galaxy to glimpse how future discoveries might start new battles about the sky above.




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Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D

  • 12:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm

secret ocean posterThe ocean as never seen before!

Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D offers a breakthrough-look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all -- that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend.




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Amazon Adventure

  • 10:30 am
  • 1:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm

Website_poster_graphics_amazon.jpgAmazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates's fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850s.

As in any great detective story, audiences will experience, in giant-screen format, the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive. Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science and, most importantly, putting the first-ever case for the creation of a new species, which Charles Darwin called the "beautiful proof" for Natural Selection.

Audiences will be wowed by the mind-boggling examples of camouflage and mimicry and inspired by Bates's endless curiosity and determination to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy. Nature is extraordinary and science is adventure, just waiting to be discovered!

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November Overnight: Dream Big

  • 6:30 pm

Join MPM on November 17 as we celebrate engineering and other STEM fields at this dynamic Overnight! Build your own earthquake-resistant structure out of marshmallows, enjoy an action-packed Dome Theater showing of Dream Big, and explore science with real engineers.

Visit our Overnights page for information on cost, reservations, and more. >>

All Overnights include Museum exploration, hands-on activities, a Dome Theater show, a self-guided flashlight exploration of the third floor, light breakfast, and all-day Museum admission for Saturday.

For scout groups and families with children ages 6-12. Overnights begin at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and last until 8 a.m. the following morning.

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