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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!
 

Birthdays

Enjoy up to two hours of time in our party space, admission to the Museum, and best of all, the chance for your entire birthday bunch to interact with MPM!

Tours

Take a guided tour with Museum experts and experience MPM in a brand new way!

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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Spiders Alive!

On exhibit October 5, 2019 through January 12, 2020

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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.

Monday, August 19th

Walking with Dinosaurs - 3D Film

  • 12:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm

large dinosaur in forestTake 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. 

 

 

 

 

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Planetarium - Wisconsin Stargazing

  • 11:30 am
  • 2:30 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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Let's Find Fireflies!

  • 7:00 pm

firefly on leafA 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!






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Great Barrier Reef - Giant Film

  • 10:30 am
  • 1:30 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 - September 26, 2019

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Planetarium - It's About Time!

  • 10:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

two robots and a clockTime 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

 

 

 

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