Milwaukee Public Museum Open on Wednesdays, Starting November 17

November 15, 2021

Jenny Gross, 414-390-5500

Museum extends hours of operation as part of phased reopening plan

MILWAUKEE — Starting on November 17, the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) will extend its days of operation to include Wednesdays, bringing MPM to six days each week when visitors can explore and enjoy the Museum. This extension comes as part of the Museum’s phased reopening plan and increases the number of days when the public may visit. Visitors can access MPM exhibits Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Reopening the Museum on Wednesdays is an exciting next step for Milwaukee Public Museum,” said MPM President and CEO Dr. Ellen Censky. “We have been working toward this milestone since reopening the Museum in March, and it is another sign of progress toward pre-pandemic operations. We are excited to offer visitors another weekday full of opportunities to explore the natural world and learn about cultures from across the globe.”

MPM now has all exhibits open to Museum visitors - including the Puelicher Butterfly Wing, featuring live tropical butterflies, and the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium and Dome Theater, Wisconsin’s largest planetarium. The Museum also features Voyage to the Deep, a limited-engagement, deep-sea adventure geared toward children. 

Last month, in addition to reopening on Mondays, MPM and Zilli Hospitality Group also reopened both the Café and coffee kiosk. Refreshments are now available for purchase during limited hours of operation, Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the coffee kiosk, and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Café. In conjunction with this opening, visitors and members of the public will once again have access to the Museum’s ground floor seating areas where they can enjoy food and beverages.

Tickets for Museum admission, which includes Voyage to the Deep, can be purchased online at or by calling 414-278-2728. Visitors are required to follow MPM’s COVID-19 procedures, such as, but not limited to, social distancing and mandatory masks. 

This announcement comes one month after the Museum announced their Monday schedule re-opening. Learn more about the Monday opening here.

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.