Learning is always open at MPM.
As Wisconsin’s resource for nature and culture, we are committed to being there for you and your family as we navigate this together.
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Fun Things To Do
We’ve got plenty of fun things for kiddos to do with their adults!
- Test your dinosaur vocabulary with this crossword puzzle
- Connect the dots
- Color our Torosaur or a butterfly
- Pose with Museum yoga
- Name a dino using puzzle pieces (Instructions | Puzzle | Record)
- Make flashlight constellations
- Build a diorama
- Enhance your sensory experience
- Write a haiku
- Practice sustainable habits
- Match dinosaurs with the food they eat
- Preserve an apple mummy
- Play a memory card game
- Be an archaeology detective
- Participate in a community science project
- Complete a backyard BioBlitz
- Play Nature Bingo outside
- Identify leaves with our coloring book
- Match paleontology tools to their use
- Write your own exhibit label
- Visit MPM virtually on Google Street View
- Play mummy trivia (then check your answers)
- Try a science experiment in the kitchen
- Complete the Web of LIfe
- Draw a friend using the Canon of Proportions
- Play senet
- Compare and contrast arthropods
- Draw insects
- Design butterfly wings
- Write a story
- Find missing words to learn about metamorphosis
- Explore ideas in From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Helligman
- Compare mammoths and mastodons
- Create a silly "MadLibs" style story
- Play a mummies-and-fossils sorting game
- Explore Ancient Egyptian colors
Adults: You’re never too old to learn something new!
Get an inside look at the Museum’s collections and research when you watch MPM Untold, a series that tells you the stories you don’t know. Then, test your new knowledge with our quizzes!
- Japanese Oni - Video | Quiz
- The Dromaeosaur - Video | Quiz
- A New Genus - Video | Quiz
- The Silurian Reef - Video | Quiz
- The Object Loan - Video | Quiz
- The Jumping Spider - Video | Quiz
- The Hellbender - Video | Quiz
- Charles Darwin's Research - Video | Quiz
What Our Curators Are Reading
- Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
- Damn the Old Tinderbox!: Milwaukee’s Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era by Matthew Prigge
- A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold
- Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town by Robert Birmingham and Lynne Goldstein
Question with an Expert
- Did butterflies live with dinosaurs?
- How are museum objects conserved?
- How are MPM scientists continuing research at home?
- Can you find dinosaur fossils in Wisconsin?
- How does MPM care for its live collections?
- What is an arthropod?
- What is a Collections Manager?
- What is a Registrar?
- What type of research is done on MPM's Anthropology collections?
Who doesn’t enjoy some friendly competition? Test your MPM knowledge remotely against your friends and family with questions on your favorite exhibits, labels, and research!
MPM's original Planetarium productions are now available online! Explore the skies with Planetarium Director Bob Bonadurer.
What will you find… behind the scenes?
Check out a 360-degree view of our labs and learn some fun facts. You may find a surprise guest hidden in each room! 🐍
Check out this timelapse video of the Museum’s Green Roof construction.
Creating an Exhibit
Learn about some of MPM’s unique exhibits, artifacts, objects, and specimens!
These Jones Island figurines are rare folk art carved by John Mickowski.
This Kayapo headdress of yellow oropendola and red macaw feathers from Brazil came into MPM’s collections in an unusual way.
The Tule Boat seen here is one of the oldest Native American boats at the Museum.
Our Sumner W. Matteson photography archive is the travel record of an adventurer who saw the frontier become a settled society.
This rare glass plate image features the Chef and his assistants at the Newhall House Hotel, the destination hotel and restaurant for many Milwaukee social functions which opened in 1857.
These iridescent men's ear ornaments (akitiai) from the Shaur (Jivaro) who live in the Amazon region of Ecuador and Peru are composed of beetle elytra (forewings) and toucan feathers.
This duck weight is a plaster reproduction of one that was found at the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur in what is now known as Iraq.
The Ojibwe created dream boards by carving images into wood that would serve as a visual record of an event.
The bronze sculpture of the kneeling Native American man and geese displayed on the exterior wall of MPM was created by art deco artist Marshall Fredericks in 1963.
These Hopi earring pendants from Arizona are made of small pieces of blue and green polished cut turquoise with an abalone shell fragment in the middle.
We received an urgent report from our Museum Security staff that our dinosaurs are lonely! Can you send us something to cheer up our dinos? A drawing, a photo, a song... Anything, please!
Animal Crossing Virtual Museum
Have you been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons during isolation? Our staff were thrilled to find many of the specimens you can collect can also be found in MPM's collections!
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