Museum Days Returns for 2023
With special exhibits and free and reduced admission at 27 metro area museums.
Sure, it’s cold and rainy, and might turn snowy, but it also happens to be the best time of the year to visit a local museum.
Milwaukee Museum Days, the annual event organized by Visit Milwaukee, returns this week offering free or reduced admissions to museums and cultural institutions around the city. The event was first launched in 2019 to gin up awareness and visitors to Greater Milwaukee museums.
“Milwaukee’s art and cultural heritage, its ethnic diversity, and historic assets housed in our museums provide a rich sense of identity and pride that improves the quality of life for residents and overall experience for visitors,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, VISIT Milwaukee president and CEO. “We’re so proud to promote these institutions and we hope to introduce them to new visitors throughout the region.”
The effort to spur interest — specifically from out-of-town visitors — appears to have worked in recent years. During the 2022 run, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and the Harley-Davidson Museum both had an increase in visitors of well over 50%.
Museum Days also offers an opportunity to return to beloved Milwaukee institutions that badly need support and others that will soon change forever.
Another popular Milwaukee museum that isn’t in danger of going away, but will almost certainly never be the same, is the Milwaukee Public Museum. The nonprofit that operates the museum is in the process of developing a new $240 million home for the institution. But it will be very different, with everything from the museum’s name to some of its most popular exhibits slated for change.
- America’s Black Holocaust Museum
- Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
- Bucyrus Museum
- Cedarburg Art Museum
- Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Art Museum
- Discovery World
- Grohmann Museum
- Haggerty Museum of Art
- Harley-Davidson Museum
- IPAMA Institute for the Preservation of African American Music and Arts
- Jewish Museum Milwaukee
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center
- Lynden Sculpture Garden
- Milwaukee Art Museum
- Milwaukee County Historical Society
- Milwaukee County Zoo
- Milwaukee Public Museum
- Milwaukee War Memorial Center
- Mitchell Park Domes – Horticultural Conservatory
- National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
- Pabst Mansion
- Photoverse Selfie Museum
- Racine Art Museum
- RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts
- Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel
- Selfie Hop
- Warehouse Art Museum
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