Public Museum Hasn’t Moved Yet
We’re just getting started with the plan to improve MPM – and welcome your input.
It’s a rare opportunity in life when we have a chance to make a difference for generations to come. I was given that chance when I joined the Milwaukee Public Museum to head up an effort that will shape how one of Milwaukee’s most beloved institutions interacts with the next generation. As Chief Planning Officer, I’m tasked with advancing the museum’s effort to build a 21st century museum of nature and culture for the people of Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Since joining the team, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: Wisconsin loves MPM. So many of us have fond memories of visiting MPM throughout our entire lifetimes; being awed by the dinosaurs, curious about beetles and delighted by the butterflies. It’s important that we find a way to honor and build upon MPM’s past, while ensuring that we provide an incredible experience for future generations.
Our pursuit of a new home has received a lot of attention throughout the community – a testament, again, to the importance of this institution. That coverage has, in many cases, led individuals to believe we’re further along in the process than we actually are. While a new museum has made headlines and we are pursuing it with great focus and attention, we don’t know what it will look like yet. We are committed to MPM’s legacy of an object-based and immersive experience, but we don’t know which objects and artifacts will be on display or how exhibits will be designed. The intentional, careful process to determine these details is just beginning, and it will include statewide community input. MPM is Wisconsin’s Natural History Museum, and as stakeholders in our future, Wisconsin residents should and will be invited to participate.
We have an incredible opportunity to inspire a new generation of museum-goers and lovers of learning and I personally believe we are up to the challenge. Will you join us? Learn more at http://www.mpm.edu/future and sign up to receive our MPM newsletters.
Conceptual Designs For a New Museum
Katie Sanders is Chief Planning Officer at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
- Op Ed: Public Museum Hasn’t Moved Yet - Katie Sanders - Mar 11th, 2020
- Op Ed: Worried About Milwaukee Public Museum - Christopher Hillard - Feb 25th, 2020
- Public Museum Could Lose Accreditation - Corri Hess - Aug 22nd, 2019
- Plats and Parcels: The Public Museum’s Big Plans - Graham Kilmer - Jul 29th, 2018
Read more about Milwaukee Public Museum's Big Plans here