Milwaukee Public Museum Offers Free Admission to All Wisconsin Tribal Members in Recognition of Native American Heritage Month

November 11, 2021

Jenny Gross, 414-390-5500


MILWAUKEE — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Milwaukee Public Museum is partnering with Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to offer special Museum programming focused on indigenous culture and free admission to all Wisconsin tribal members. This promotion will last until November 30.

“We are continuously looking for ways to honor the important and ongoing contributions Native Americans have made in Wisconsin and throughout the United States,” said Dr. Ellen Censky, President & CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “We are proud to partner with Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to provide additional educational opportunities for Museum visitors and the general public to learn more about the rich history and culture of first peoples.”

In addition to MPM’s Native American galleries and featured exhibit A Tribute to Survival, on-site special programming will take place on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the month of November. These programs include:

Rice Gathering
Learn about environmental threats that impact wild rice today. Discover how Western science and Indigenous knowledge can work together to preserve wild rice for future generations.  

Birchbark Canoes
Birchbark canoes are an amazing technology, created and used by Native American peoples. Join us as we explore the history, science, usage, and creativity of canoes.

Virtual programming is also available, including a 360 Virtual Exhibit Tour, Wisconsin Projectile Points Identification Flowchart & Game and the Science and Culture of Birchbark Canoes. 

There will be a free, virtual webinar titled "Returning to The People: How MPM Works With Indigenous Groups to Bring Their History and Ancestors Home" with Dawn Scher Thomae, Curator of Anthropology Collections. The live webinar will take place Friday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is online. 

The Native American galleries are open during regular MPM hours — Thursday through Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wisconsin tribal members can reserve free tickets by calling 414-278-2728 or visiting admissions when they arrive at the Museum. Visitors are required to follow MPM’s COVID-19 procedures, such as, but not limited to, social distancing and mandatory masks. 

About the Milwaukee Public Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum is Wisconsin’s natural history museum, welcoming over half a million visitors annually. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the Museum was chartered in 1882, opened to the public in 1884, and currently houses more than 4 million objects in its collections. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rainforest, and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium. MPM is operated by Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc., a private, non-profit company, and its facilities and collections are held in trust and supported by Milwaukee County for the benefit of the public.