Wisconsin's Natural History Museum
What will you find?
The Power of Poison
Explore poison’s role in nature, myth, history, and health.
There's always something exciting happening at MPM!
Research & Collections
Find out more about the 4,000,000+ objects in our collection.
Thursday, June 27th
- 12:00 pm
- 3:00 pm
Take a thrilling 3D ride back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska in the Cretaceous period, 70 million years ago, the last great flourish of the dinosaur era. Journey through the seasons and experience a year in the life of dinosaurs fighting, feeding, migrating, playing, and hunting. A BBC Earth/Giant Screen Film.
- 11:30 am
- 2:30 pm
Take 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.
- 7:00 pm
A special part of summer is the sudden, floating glow of a firefly.
Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, members of the insect order Lampyridae are truly fascinating. Participate in this summer's joint firefly monitoring project on select dates from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - everyone is welcome!
- 10:30 am
- 1:30 pm
- 4:30 pm
Every 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 - September 26, 2019Learn More
- 10:00 am
- 1:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
Time impacts us everyday -- but what is it exactly? Where does time come from? Explore these mysteries and many more in the Planetarium’s newest creation. Join friendly robots Tortoise and Hare in their voyage around the Earth and beyond to discover the wild origins of time! Grades 3 and up.
Showing June 15 - October 4, 2019