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 2026. Here's a look at what has happened to date and what we have to look forward to in the coming years.

We are currently accepting proposals for commissioning services. The application deadline is February 3, 2023. To request the RFP, please contact Katie Sanders at sandersk@mpm.edu.


Community Engagement

Nov 2019

Hired Chief Planning Officer

Oct 2020

Exhibit Storyline and Concept Development

Jan 2021

Announced Thinc Design as Exhibit Designer

Jan 2021

Announced Ennead Architects/Kahler Slater as Architecture Design Team and Mortenson/ALLCON as CM

Jan 2021

Acquired Site at 6th & McKinley

May 2021

Received $150,000 Grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to support site development

June 2021

Secured $40M from State of Wisconsin

Sept 2021

Design Team Toured State of Wisconsin

Mar 2022

Secured $45M from Milwaukee County

May 2022

Exhibit Conceptual Design

June 2022

Demolition of First Building

July 2022

Building Conceptual Design

July 2022

Announcement of Building Design

Oct 2022

Announcement of Owner's Representative

Jan 2023

Exhibit Schematic Design

May 2023

Building Schematic Design

June 2023

Demolition of Remaining Buildings

Dec 2023

Breaking Ground to Begin Construction

Dec 2023



Exhibit Fabrication and Installation


Future Museum Opens!