Education Investigations

Education Investigations are led by Museum Educators, and content is developed based on DPI curriculum standards.

boy with magnifying glassEach Education Investigation links classroom lessons to the Museum collections, allowing students an opportunity to learn in our unique environment.

Lesson Guides

Click on each topic title to open a printable lesson guide.


These programs are available Monday-Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. *subject to availability.

  • Minimum of 10 students per program with a maximum of 30 students, groups that exceed 30 children require multiple reservations
  • 1 adult teacher/chaperone (18+ years) for every 10 students
  • Group size per program may not exceed 33 guests
  • Pre-registration and adherence to chaperone policy


$4 per student (in addition to MPM admission)


50 minutes

Grades 1-3

Handle real dinosaur fossils and investigate the evidence behind dinosaur extinction. Examine the tools of a real paleontologist and learn how to distinguish fossils from bones, carnivores from herbivores, and test your dinosaur recognition skills with the Museum’s legendary Dinosaur Challenge.

Using a life-size model, students will participate in the step-by-step process of mummification, including organ removal, the process for wrapping, adornments, and final entombing of pharaohs and other royalty of ancient Egypt. Learn how each step provides insight into the ancient Egyptians understanding of the afterlife. We’ll also spend time getting up close and personal with Djed-Hor, one of the Museum’s authentic Egyptian mummies.

general storeSigns and Symbols in Streets
The Streets of Old Milwaukee gallery represents Milwaukee from the 1880s through 1910. Immersed in the physical environment of the times, students are presented with artifacts and their purpose as they compare and contrast with objects and uses in their lives today. They also explore how, in this era of diverse immigrant populations and languages, people relied on symbols and images as a form of communication.

Stories of the Skies
In this dynamic program, we explore our unique corner of the galaxy as we build together a scale model of the solar system. Then, venture through the Museum’s exhibits to share exciting stories of constellations and the night sky from ancient cultures around the world. Add a Planetarium program to maximize this educational opportunity.

Grades 4-8

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations
Employ archaeological methods to examine artifacts from the Museum’s collection, drawing conclusions about the similarities and differences between cultures that they reveal. Working in teams, students use the Museum’s exhibits to conduct their own archaeological field survey, delivering oral reports on their observations.

Using a life-size model, we’ll follow details of ancient Egyptian mummification, examine the context, origins, and refinement of this ancient procedure, and identify the general concepts of the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Participate in the step-by-step process of mummification, including organ removal, use of canopic jars and the process for wrapping, adorning, and entombing of pharaohs and other royalty of ancient Egypt. We’ll also get up close and personal with Djed-Hor, one of the Museum’s authentic Egyptian mummies, and compare and contrast this form of intentional mummification with the unintentional mummification found in our exhibited Peruvian mummies.

Grades 9-12

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations
Archaeological methods provide the focus as students examine artifacts from the Museum’s vast collection to better understand what they reveal about past cultures.


Call 414-278-2714

Field Trip Call Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

We cannot accept reservations via email.