Future Museum Groundbreaking

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Milwaukee Public Museum took a MAMMOTH step forward in its design and construction of a new natural history museum—set to open in 2027!

Hundreds gathered at a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration for the Future Museum—the largest cultural project in the Wisconsin’s history and an iconic new landmark for the city that is expected to draw more than five million visitors in the first decade it’s open. Learn more here.


"The Future Museum will have a multi-generational impact that will shape our community and state for the next century."
- Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley

This exciting milestone would not have been possible without the guidance, generosity, and expertise of so many—from tribal nations and focus group participants to the project’s architecture and exhibit design teams to elected officials and private donors. 



"We are growing Milwaukee. We are building a city that will attract more investments, more tourists, more jobs, more people, and more dreams. And the Future Museum—right in the heart of downtown Milwaukee—is a major driver in that growth."
- Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson

The Future Museum site, located at the corner of Sixth and McKinley streets in downtown Milwaukee, will include a five-story building that will house Milwaukee County’s priceless collections items and feature four floors of immersive exhibits. It will also include a planetarium, rooftop terrace, enclosed butterfly garden, and an outdoor ground-level plaza plus attached parking garage. Most importantly, the Future Museum will be a place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences to come together to learn about and better appreciate the world around them—instilling a sense of wonder for generations to come.

"Kids, we are building this Future Museum for you and for your children. We’re honored to give it to you, and hope you will find knowledge, joy, awe, and wonder in it to last your lifetimes."
- MPM President & CEO Dr. Ellen Censky