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The Hare Brained Road Trip gets turned around at Milwaukee Public Museum

We had one final day in Wisconsin so we spent it in downtown Milwaukee.  I had booked us into the Hilton Milwaukee City Center hotel and we had plans to hit the city! Naturally we parked at the hotel and walked the couple of blocks to the public museum.

Friends of ours had told me how fun the museum is, how much their kids enjoyed it and how it was an easy walk from downtown.  Having a child the same age I knew she would love this museum!  We were really excited it is an ASTC member museum so we can visit for free.

Unfortunately when I get together with my sister we do not always do well with details. It might be a genetic thing but for the life of us we couldn’t figure out how to heck to enter this museum. Every door we tried was locked.  It was to the point of being comical, we would grab a door handle, pull, and nothing happened.  Really it was just odd, we finally found a door that opened from the courtyard where people were snacking.  Once we  entered a very dis-interested young man finally helped us with tickets after I stared at him for 2 minutes at the ticket counter.  So far not a great start as we couldn’t get in and then we couldn’t get helped with admission.  This is a museum, you would think you want people to visit?

On the plus side it was free with our ASTC membership (Association of Science – Technology Centers) so I did not have to pay admission for the three of us.  Normal admission is $15 for adults while Children(3-12) and seniors are $11. We only visited the MPM and did not do the Dome Theater Show.  Metered parking is free on Sunday on the street otherwise there is parking in a covered ramp adjacent to the museum. (Walking up like we did we missed the main entrance which is from the parking ramp.) Parking in the ramp varies from $5-$12 depending on the length of your visit.

The ground floor is only the museum store, dome theater entrance and admission.  Up the stairs there are three floors and amazing exhibits on everything from streets of Old Milwaukee to Africa.  I have to say this museum had some of the best exhibits I had seen. We have visited a lot of museums but Milwaukee Public had incredible displays! There was a replica of a European Village, Native American exhibit, Africa exhibit and a rainforest.  Very impressive!



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Save on Museum and Science Center Visits


Save on Museum and Science Center Visits

We stumbled upon a Groupon that was a huge savings for us. In fact this type of membership is a savings even if you pay full price for it!

I purchased in 2011 a Groupon to the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek for a family membership.  Huhhhh?  Why would I want to purchase a family membership to a museum?  And how is that a good deal????!?!?!??

I paid $20 for the Groupon back in 2011; I had to drive to the museum to activate it and to get our membership started. It wasn’t a huge deal but it took up a good chunk of a Saturday with drive time and then touring the smaller museum.  Then the same Groupon appeared in late 2012 for $18 and I could do it online.  Sold!!!!

So why did I want a family membership to a small local museum?  The Kingman Museum is an ASTC member. So joining the Kingman gets us reciprocal memberships to many museums and science centers. They need to be be over 90 miles away as the crow flies from my home to qualify for benefits.  And lucky us the Chicago locations are close to 95 miles away!  So my membership allowed us entry during spring break 2012 to the Alder Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.  The membership saved us $49 on that trip.

Then we went to Milwaukee in the summer of 2012, used it for the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Discovery Center in Milwaukee.  Once again we got in free and $53 saved on the Milwaukee trip alone.

This fall joining the Kingman Museum for $50 is something I will most likely be doing if there is no Groupon.  We travel to the Museum of Science and Industry several times a year. And it’s nice to have something free to do as we travel and we have used it in Florida and Washington on prior trips.

Here is a link to the ASTC website to view the museums near you

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