Events, Programs, and Resources

MPM offers unique events, programs, and resources throughout the year.


Visitors: The Streets of Old Milwaukee and European Village exhibits are temporarily closed through February 2 while holiday decorations are removed.

Upcoming Events: Visitors and members enjoy unique events hosted by the Museum throughout the year. Explore ↓

Planetarium: Take a tour of the universe with an awe-inspiring Planetarium program or learn about the wonders of our world with a giant screen film. Explore ↓

Ongoing Programs and Initiatives: Together with our partners, MPM's programs and initiatives make learning about the wonders of the world accessible, engaging, and fun for the community. Explore ↓

Online Resources: Want to learn more about your favorite MPM topics? Check out our educational videos, virtual exhibit tours, and partner links. Explore ↓


Upcoming Events

BioBlitz
Saturday, June 22, 2024

The annual BioBlitz brings together scientists, nature enthusiasts, and community members to celebrate and learn about biodiversity. Surveyors from all around the state gather in a particular natural area in southeastern Wisconsin where they race against the clock to see how many species they can discover in 24 hours.

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Dino Days of Summer
July 22 - August 17

Join MPM for four weeks of dino-themed programming! You'll have the chance to examine real dinosaur fossils, think like a paleontologist, and learn how these amazing creatures lived.

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Members Only
Member Appreciation Celebration
July 22 - August 17

On these dates, MPM members receive special perks as a “thank you” for supporting the Museum.

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Family Dino Trivia Night
July 25

Are you a Di-know-it-all? Test your Di-knowledge at Family Trivia Night! Compete for the ultimate bragging rights as the MPM Dino Trivia Champ. Recommended for dino experts ages 6 and up.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

MPM celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday of October with special programming and educational resources that highlight indigenous cultures, traditions, and history.

Annual Gala
October 5, 2024

Attend our annual fundraising gala for an evening of cocktails, gourmet dining, and dancing, where you and your guests will get the chance to talk with the exhibit designers and architects of the Future Museum project as well as our world-class curators.

Members Only
Halloween Hauntings
2024 Date TBD

Trick-or-treat through the Museum's exhibits (costumes encouraged), where you'll also encounter live birds of prey and critters like snakes and frogs. You'll also enjoy arts and crafts, ghost tours, and much more!

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European Village Alive!
December 8-9, 2023, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The American holiday season was shaped, in part, by the thousands of Europeans who immigrated here in the 19th century. Discover what traditions have endured, as well as those that have been forgotten with Museum docents in period dress. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season, see holiday artifacts not usually on display, and participate in fun, hands-on activities.

Sustainer+ Members Only
Cocoa and Candy Canes with Santa
Saturday, December 9, 2023

Get your photo taken with Santa at MPM! While you wait, enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes, and holiday-themed arts and crafts.

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Sustainer+ Member Perk
Mystery at MPM: Adult Edition
Friday, March 15, 2024

Test your MPM knowledge at this interactive scavenger hunt game. Solve a series of clues that will take you around all three exhibit floors.
This event is sold out.

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Shop Your Favorites

This holiday season, shop your favorite Museum merch! Our onsite and online marketplaces feature unique, local gifts.

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Spring Break at MPM

No sunscreen necessary!

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Solar Eclipse Viewings
Monday, April 8
2 p.m.

Safely view the solar eclipse at MPM or other local safe-viewing locations with special telescopes and/or special eclipse glasses, available in the MPM gift shop for $2. Meet near the clock on Wells Street, outside the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium.

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Sustainer+ Member Perk
Mystery at MPM: Family Edition
Saturday, June 1, 2024

The family version of our after-hours mystery caper! Test your MPM knowledge at this interactive scavenger hunt game. Get an extraordinary opportunity to get up close and personal with one (or two) of our rarely seen objects!

This event is sold out.

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Planetarium

Now Showing at the Daniel M. Soref Theater and Planetarium

Check out the Planetarium programs and giant films playing daily.

June 21, 2024 through September 30, 2024

10:15 a.m. Wisconsin Stargazing
11 a.m. T. REX
Noon Cosmic Questions? Answers & Mysteries
12:45 p.m. T. REX
2 p.m. Wisconsin Stargazing
2:45 p.m. Great White Shark
3:45 p.m. Cosmic Questions? Answers & Mysteries
4:30 p.m. T. REX

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Ongoing Programs and Initiatives

Kohl's Thank You Thursdays
First Thursday of every month

All visitors enjoy free admission to MPM thanks to generous support from Kohl's.

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Science on Tap

Grab a brew (or root-brew!) and meet us at the Museum or online to listen to a lecture from some of the best minds in natural and cultural sciences. Lectures are scheduled every couple of months.

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Docent Tours

Explore the hidden wonders of our exhibits and galleries with free half-hour docent tours every Saturday at 1 p.m.

SPARK!

This program is designed for people in the early-to-mid stages of memory loss to visit with their family and care partners. Programs are offered at MPM at 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

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Summer Connections

MPM's annual summer initiative provides free, educational programming and access to the Museum for K-8 students throughout Milwaukee in coordination with community partners.

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Wisconsin Statewide Community Science Project

This community-based initiative seeks to make science accessible to a broader audience throughout Wisconsin, even nationally, so the public can feel trust towards science by participating directly in it. The data is then used for future research.

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MPM Book Club

A volunteer-led monthly program that invites interested adults to join lively monthly discussions about nonfiction books of a scientific nature that relate to Museum exhibits, research, or programs.

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Online Resources