Milwaukee, Wisconsin, visitors have much to choose from. Situated on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers the beach, boating, fishing, kayaking, and urban trails. With a population of about 600,000 people, Wisconsin’s largest city also hosts festivals several times a year, brewery tours, art and theater experiences, and museums — great museums. Explore the following four museums on your next visit to Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Public Museum
From your accommodations at your Milwaukee hotel, you can easily get to the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Here you’ll enter a life-size diorama that transports you back to the turn of the 19th century. The streets are dark, lit only by gaslight as guests stroll past shops, businesses, and homes.
You can walk among native and exotic butterflies in a two-story glass-enclosed garden. You may enjoy meandering through a Costa Rican rain forest with its toucans, macaws, tree frogs, and tropical plants. Or you can gaze up at a life-size dinosaur.
You’ll need to plan for at least half a day to explore this exhibit as well as displays representing other parts of America and the world.
Spread out over a 20-acre campus, the Harley-Davidson Museum chronicles the motorcycle’s history and brings a new appreciation for the legendary transportation whether you are a motorcycle enthusiast or not.
Permanent displays include 450 motorcycles and artifacts including the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle: Serial Number One. In one gallery, a display 180-feet-long displays motorcycles from 1903 to the 1940s. A second gallery that’s just as impressive chronicles Harley-Davidson history from the 1940s to present day. Other exhibits help explain the design process and the culture and clout surrounding the motorcycle.
The complex has a restaurant, the Motor Bar and Restaurant, featuring all-American cuisine and an expansive gift shop to help you find that perfect motorcycle memorabilia.
Discovery World and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Are you curious about science, traveling with children, or simply young at heart? Check out this pair of downtown museums sure to please everyone who steps over their thresholds.
Whoever thought of the idea of science museums was brilliant. Discovery World is a fine example of how science and technology can be fun and educational.
Located on Lake Michigan, this science and technology center features the Reiman Aquarium, interactive exhibits, and learning labs focused on biology, sound, energy, and ecology.
With much to see and do, you could make a visit here last a full day. An on-site restaurant, dk Express by Bartolotta’s, offers sandwiches, salads, and sushi. A gift shop offers geek sheik items for scientists of all ages.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is — in a word — fun. This place will help your little one’s imagination soar. Stand back and watch as children learn about insects at Bugs on the Balcony, shop for groceries, become a store clerk or a bus driver in Home Town, or — for babies, toddlers, and preschool children — Pocket Park features age-appropriate activities.
Milwaukee has much to offer its visitors. Make sure to include visits to its museums when planning your next Midwest adventure.
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