Wisconsin Wonders: Timeline

Building a natural history museum, designing the exhibits, and moving millions of collections items is thrilling, and yet a project of this magnitude also requires a considerable amount.

While a lot has happened since we announced the location of the Future Museum on the northeast corner of Sixth and McKinley Streets in the fall of 2020, we have many significant milestones before we open in our new location in early 2027. Here's a look at what has happened to date and what we have to look forward to in the coming years.

  • Demolition of all three structures on the Future Museum site was completed in 2023.
  • In February 2024, collections and curatorial staff began the multi-year effort to pack the Museum's collections, starting with 23,000 glass and ceramic objects from the History Department.
  • A ceremonial groundbreaking celebration was held on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
  • Construction will begin in June 2024.

Wisconsin Wonders project timeline