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Milwaukee Public Museum Report Demonstrates Statewide Education, Science and Research Impact

The inaugural report includes a recap of the museum’s 2018 educational, accessibility and science and research endeavors.

By - Apr 26th, 2019 02:07 pm
Community Impact Report

Community Impact Report

MILWAUKEE – April 26, 2019 – Today, the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) released its 2018 Community Impact Report, highlighting the museum’s impact throughout the State of Wisconsin. The inaugural report includes a recap of the museum’s 2018 educational, accessibility and science and research endeavors.

“We are proud of the impact the museum has had throughout our Wisconsin community and in the scientific community,” said Ellen J. Censky, PhD, Interim President and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “As the state’s natural history museum, our goals include bringing educational programming to locations throughout the State of Wisconsin and ensuring that the artifacts and specimens we are entrusted to preserve, and the daily scientific research we conduct, are showcased to all members of our community.”


In 2018, MPM encouraged more than 140,000 young people to explore science during 809 field trips, 18 summer camps, several early education programs and more. Students from 42 Wisconsin counties attended MPM exhibits in 2018.


To ensure that access to MPM exhibits, programming and objects is widely available, MPM’s outreach vehicles brought 106 museum programs to 53 locations around Wisconsin.

Inside of the museum, special programming gave 2,400 individuals with memory loss the opportunity to experience MPM through the Spark! program.

Science & Research

Behind the scenes at MPM, anthropologists study culture while botanists, geologists and zoologists are continuously at work to better understand the natural world – and share their findings with the scientific – and local- community alike. In 2018, scientists discovered a never-before-known genus of bamboo and scientists identified 1,021 different living species during BioBlitz.

For additional statistics about the museum’s effect in Wisconsin, please see the full 2018 Milwaukee Public Museum Community Impact Report.

About the Milwaukee Public Museum (

The Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Museum was chartered in 1882 and opened to the public in 1884. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rainforest, and a live butterfly garden as well as the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium. The Museum houses more than 4 million objects and hosts some half a million visitors each year.

MPM is operated by Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc., a private, non-profit company, and its facilities and collections are held in trust and supported by Milwaukee County for the benefit of the public.

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