What Will You Find?

Think you’ve seen everything there is to see at MPM? 

You haven’t! With three floors of exhibits, there’s a new adventure around every corner. 

Here are some of our favorite things to see -- be sure to check them out during your next visit! 

Share some of your favorite things you see at MPM on social media using #MPMWhatWillYouFind.


Pacas use the cover of darkness to search the forest floor for food. Walk through the Rainforest on the First Floor and you may come across a paca.

mammoth teethWoolly Mammoth Teeth

If you want to get a sense of how massive mammoths really were, step into the glacier on our First Floor.

bakeryHair Wreath

In the late 1800/early 1900s, it was popular to memorialize your family by adding a lock of hair to the family wreath. When a family member died, a sample of their hair would be taken, shaped it into a flower, and added to the wreath. Each flower would start at the top of the wreath, the spot reserved for the newly deceased, before being moved to the sides or bottom when another loved one passed on. Can you spot the memorial wreath in  the Streets of Old Milwaukee?

feathered dinosaurFeathered Dinosaur

Recent research discovered that Dromaeosaurs have feathers! Be sure to check him out when you visit the First Floor. 

mummy armTattooed Mummy Arm

This mummified Peruvian forearm dates from AD 1100–1400 and can be found on the Third Floor Mezzanine. The tattoo designs were made with long animal bone needles and worn by a majority of Chimu men and women. 

wood post chunkAztalan Post

Aztalan is one of the largest and most significant archaeological sites in Wisconsin. Located halfway between Milwaukee and Madison, the Aztalan was a settled community of about 350 people dating roughly to AD 1050-1250. This site is noted for its large, earthen pyramid mounds, distinctive house forms, and enormous stockade. Be sure to check out what was found there on the Second Floor.

brown snakeSnake Button #2

@MPMSnake would disagree, but finding the second snake button is just as much a Wisconsin tradition as finding the first one! Here’s a hint: It’s somewhere on the First Floor. 

green rockFloat Copper

Touch a piece of the last Ice Age  -- real float copper from thousands of years ago -- when you visit the glacier on the First Floor!

faded stampDjed-Hor's Customs Stamp

You can still see the customs stamp from when Djed-Hor's tomb entered the country in the 1880s when you visit the Third Floor.

What will you find next time?

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