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King TutCrossroads of Civilization - King Tutankhamun in Chariot

Created by MPM artist Craig Yanek in 2014, this chariot is an exact replica of one found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Yanek also created the forensic reconstruction of the king. The life-size Arabian horses were produced by Museum artist and taxidermist Wendy Christensen. King Tutankhamun, his chariot and horses are part of the Milwaukee Public Museum’s exhibition Crossroads of Civilization: Ancient Worlds of the Near East and Mediterranean.

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StreetcarRexnord Streetcar

The new Rexnord streetcar entrance sets the mood for the visitor as they enter the Streets of Old Milwaukee. A showcase of the time, place and ideas in Milwaukee at the turn of the 19th century, the streetcar helps the visitor transport to the mindset and feel of the 1900s. 

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LumberNorth Side Lumber & Fuel

Chartered in 1904, North Side Lumber & Fuel is a new storefront in the Streets of Old Milwaukee. The company represents the many lumber and fuel purveyors that were important in providing the material to build and maintain Milwaukee housing stocks and neighborhoods. The building’s interior is made up of 111 year old lumber taken from the original building. Still family-owned, North Side Lumber & Fuel goes by Bliffert Lumber & Hardware today. 

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CourtyardThe Courtyard

The streetcar entrance leads into the new courtyard created for the Streets of Old Milwaukee’s 50th Anniversary. The courtyard is made up the Falk Company, North Side Lumber & Fuel, the Rexnord streetcar, the Sendik’s fruit and vegetable cart, and the streetcar garage barn. 

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Police BoxThe Police Sentry Box

One of the Streets of Old Milwaukee’s most misidentified objects the police sentry box is the only original sentry box from Milwaukee still in existence. It has been newly outfitted with items an officer would have stored while on patrol as well as a recreation of a police telegraph unit that was used by police to communicate with central dispatch. The sentry box was originally located near the bakery but can now be found between Granny’s House and Toepfer Lock Shop. 

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Falk co.The Falk Company

The Falk Company began as a family brewery business under patriarch Franz Falk. The brewery was sold in the 1890s as the Falk’s refocused their energy to heavy industry. A new factory was built in the Menomonee River Valley and the Falk Company began making rail joining systems for the railroad industry. Later the company moved into making huge cast steel and machined components for large gear, mechanical power transmission applications around 1900. The foundry building resides in the new Streets courtyard. 

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_DCS0169_FountainMural_0.jpgThe Fountain Mural

The fountain mural was painted by MPM exhibit artist Art Shea and is a composite of Milwaukee’s parks and green spaces at the turn of the 19th century. A starry sky frames the top of the mural and was partly funded through the Complete the Streets fundraising campaign.

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pfister hotelThe Pfister Entrance

Billed as the Grand Hotel of the West, these are the original doors from the Pfister Hotel when it opened in 1893. As part of the Streets’ reimagintion, visitors can peep inside the windows to see some of the bustling activity the hotel saw during the turn of the 19th century.

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granny's houseGranny’s House

Granny’s house has been a fan favorite since the Streets of Old Milwaukee opened in January 1965. During the Streets’ reimagining, Granny’s house was fitted with a 1905 Badger water meter in the basement window, signifying water becoming available to the most affluent homes. 


sendik's fruit cartThe Sendik’s Cart

In the late 19th century, Salvatore Balistreri came to Milwaukee and started his grocery career in the the great tradition of the European street vendors. Each item on the cart was specifically chosen to reflect the season of time and the palates of the neighborhood being visited that day. The Sendik’s fruit and vegetable cart can be found in the new courtyard. 


general storeThe General Store

A part of the original Streets of Old Milwaukee design in 1965, the General Store has been renovated to allow guests to go inside and take a peek at the products for the first time ever.


bison hunt on horsebackBison Hunt

The "Bison Hunt on Horseback" diorama portrays an event that was a regular part of life for the American Plains Indians. The bison hunt on horseback was common from the late 1700s until the late 1880s, when the commercial hunters had nearly exterminated the bison. This diorama is in the North American Indians wing on Second Floor.

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girls with butterfliesExploring Life on Earth

The "Exploring Life on Earth" exhibit explores biological diversity-the variety of life on Earth-and how it has changed over time. This exhibit is in the Herzfeld Hall of Science on First Floor.

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market exhibitGuatemalan Market

The "Antigua, Guatemala-The Public Market" diorama depicts Mayan Indian villagers of the southern highlands of Guatemala visiting the market for staple items such as beans, corn, chili peppers, coffee, rice and bananas. A moment from the mid-20th century is frozen in time-the women are depicted in traditional clothing rarely seen in present times due to the influence of the modern world on the Indians' culture. This diorama is in the Middle, Central and South America wing on Third Floor.

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dinosaursHell Creek

In this life-size re-creation of a lowland forest floodplain, Tyrannosaurus rex feeds upon a dead three-horned Triceratops. Three small Dromaeosaurus dinosaur wait patiently nearby to scavenge its share. This dinosaur diorama portrays eastern Montana 66 million years ago. Milwaukee Public Museum scientists documented the plants and animals depicted in this diorama from their expeditions to the Hell Creek Formation in eastern Montana. This diorama is in the "Third Planet" exhibit on First Floor.

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adobe dwellingHopi Adobe

The Milwaukee Public Museum's Southwest Indian dioramas, also fondly called "The Hopi House," are part of the Museum's world-renowned style of experiential exhibits, which allow visitors to feel they are part of daily activities of the Indian culture including weaving and meal preparation. This diorama is in the North American Indians wing on Second Floor.

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kids with dinosaurThird Planet

Dinosaurs-perhaps the all-time favorite attractions of Museum visitors-are found in the "Third Planet" exhibit, that explores the origins of life here on the third planet from the sun. Earth has been home to many life forms over the millions of years of its existence. This exhibit takes you on a journey through geologic time (measured in eras and periods) to see many of the life forms that have appeared and disappeared due to the forces that have changed the surface of the Earth over time.

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