It’s Milwaukee Museum Week! Here Are Four Ways to Participate

We love this week, and thought we’d share four special events worth checking out.

MILWAUKEE MUSEUM WEEK is back for 2020, offering discounts and special programs at more than a dozen local museums and cultural sites. More than 35,000 people participated in last year’s inaugural Museum Week and each of 2019’s featured sites will be back for 2020.

Of the dozens of events that will be offered, here are a few that we recommend checking out:




Milwaukee County Historical Society Museum Week Scavenger Hunt

Milwaukee County Historical Society | All Week

The County Historical Society recently opened “Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures,” a new exhibit showcasing some fascinating, yet little-seen artifacts. Paired with this is a special all-ages scavenger hunt, which will encourage visitors to dig deep into the city’s past with the chance to win a special prize. The hunt will be held daily.

A scale model of downtown Milwaukee circa 1900 is part of the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Museum Week exhibits.




Hidden MPM – Behind the Scenes at the Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum | Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Milwaukee Public Museum has so much to see, you might need two trips to take it all in. The exhibits, however, only tell part of the museum’s story. On Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., visitors to the museum can learn about some of MPM’s secrets and learn more about the history of its exhibits. This tour is included with museum admission.

Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Museum




Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Multiple Locations | All Day Monday 

Museum week will include three special events on MLK Day: 

At the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a lunchtime presentation by Nurturing Diversity Partners will explore Dr. King’s legacy and how to “answer his call.” The program opens at 11:45 a.m. and boxed kosher lunches are available.

At the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette professor Dr. Cedric Burrows will discuss the Joel Sternfeld photograph from the National Civil Rights Museum, which is currently on display in Milwaukee. The program starts at 2 p.m.

And at the Milwaukee Public Museum between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., visitors can interact with the Watson family, one of Milwaukee true-life pioneering African-American families, and permanent residents of the Street of Old Milwaukee.

Photo courtesy of the National Archives.




Dial “M” for Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Museum | Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

For the amateur detectives out here, stop by the Harley Davidson Museum on Thursday, where the museum will be hosting an all-day “Museum Mystory” that features puzzles, cryptic clues and a chance to solve an interactive mystery as it plays out among hundreds of antique choppers and Harley relics. This program is free with admission.

Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

Museum week will run through Jan. 26. For a complete list of participating museums and a schedule of all events, go to Visit Milwaukee’s Milwaukee Museum Week page.

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