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929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-390-KIDS (5437)
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Hours and Fees:
Monday-Saturday9am - 5pm
SundayNoon - 5pm
See calendar for special hours.
Adults & children age 1 and older $8.00
Seniors (age 55 and older) $7.00
Children younger than 1 year FREE
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What's New
Trivial Pursuit: A 50-State Adventure
October 18 - February 1
Sponsored by: Tourism Cares: Sharon and Bill La Macchia Grant

Q: What national traveling exhibit allows you travel to each of the 50 states all in one day?

A: The Museum’s Trivial Pursuit: A 50-State Adventure exhibit!

We’ve partnered with Hasbro, Inc. to put an all-new twist on our popular travel-themed exhibit! We’ve reimagined the experience by introducing the ever-popular board game, Trivial Pursuit, into this wildly fun pretend trip across the country for visitors of all ages. Kids can select their next vacation destination with opportunities to “visit” each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each stop highlights one of America’s most spectacular places, including historic sites, tourist destinations, arts and sports venues and favorite family attractions. Packed with activities, fantastic photos and fun trivia about U.S. geography, history and culture, there’s much to learn as you pedal-power a riverboat down the great Mississippi, hike to Old Faithful, hit a home run at Fenway Park, mush a dog-sled team in Alaska, gear up for winter fun in Wisconsin and more. A Trivial Pursuit game component for both kids and adults offers individual play or a bit of family-friendly competition! Touch-screen kiosks present fun and interesting questions ranging from easy to hard about U.S. geography, history, arts and literature, science and nature, sports and leisure, and entertainment. The whole family will discover something new about the U.S. as they play together!

The Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Trivial Pursuit, the associated logo, the distinctive design of the game board, trivia cards, game tokens, and scoring wedges are all trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. 1981, 2013 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02861-1059 USA. All Rights Reserved.
Home Town businesses
Now open
Sponsored by:

Through January 4:
The Real Estate Office, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Children can pretend to be the real estate agent or the homebuyer as they explore maps, home styles and design, and how agents work to help families find the perfect home in this pretend Home Town business.

January 9 - March 29:
The Pizza Factory & Cafe, sponsored by Palermo’s Pizza

Role-play as the factory supervisor, a pizza maker in the mini manufacturing line or a worker in the packaging department. Or, pretend to be a customer and enjoy a slice at the bistro table!
Word Headquarters
Opening February 14
Sponsored by: Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the Museum will introduce its newest exhibit, Word Headquarters, on Feb. 14! The exhibit reflects our shared commitment to ensuring that children in our community have access to experiences that build critical school-readiness and literacy skills, preparing them for academic and lifelong success.

A busy pretend factory will provide the setting where employees are “hard at play” cranking out the building blocks of literacy – including letters, words and the punctuation needed to create sentences, stories, songs and other forms of self-expression. Incoming and outgoing orders for compound words, verbs, nouns and other literacy concepts will demonstrate the mechanics of reading and writing, while “employee training programs” and “customer service” activities offer word games, audio books, an interactive performance space and role-play opportunities that help build the skills of early learners and emerging readers. Word Headquarters will remind caregivers that literacy requires more than just memorization of the alphabet and the beloved tradition of reading a book at bedtime by offering simple and engaging activities for adults to support the learning process, including ways to develop a child’s print awareness, alphabet knowledge, reading comprehension and more.

Word Headquarters has been designed for the space adjacent to Be A Maker, the Museum’s new communal workshop that invites children and adults to explore a variety of do-it-yourself projects using tools, materials, digital resources and technologies that encourage children to build new skills, collaborate and share what they accomplish. To highlight important connections between literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Word Headquarters and Be A Maker will share a visual communication activity inspired by the work of internationally recognized graphic designer and author Chip Kidd. Together, Word Headquarters and Be A Maker will transform the Museum’s North Gallery and provide endless opportunities for learning through play!

Faculty from Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assisted with the development of Word Headquarters, helping create an environment for activities that engage children and help adults understand how they can support a child’s development.
Art Central Gallery
Our mini art gallery, featuring art by and for children
Sponsored by: Mike & Jennifer Keough

Now showing:
Brush Strokes for Little Folks
Through February 1, 2015

Young Charlie Whitehead of Janesville, Wis., created many paintings during his short life. His parents developed the works into a book that honors Charlie, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, and his talent. The book will be on display, along with 20 of his original paintings.

Milwaukee Montessori School
February 7 - April 12

Enjoy artwork from the students of Milwaukee Montessori School, who receive art instruction in a wide array of art mediums such as watercolor and acrylic paints, porcelain clay, chalks and charcoal drawing pencils, wire, and soapstone.

Wisconsin State Fair's Young People’s Art Exhibit 2015 Preview
April 25 - July 25
This impressive collection will feature a variety of pieces created by 6th to 9th grade students statewide, including drawings, paintings, prints, collages and photographs.
Exciting changes coming to Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit
Grand reopening April 6
Sponsored by: Kohl's Cares and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Please note that the Kohl's Healthy Kids: It's Your Move! exhibit is currently open for play! It will close for refurbishment this spring (date to be determined) and reopen on April 6.

Thanks to our continued partnership with Kohl’s Cares and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Museum is developing a variety of new and engaging activities and safety messages for our popular health and wellness-themed exhibit, Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! The Museum is moving components in our popular game board-style exhibit to make way for new hands-on learning experiences for children, and important injury prevention information for adults.

Created with guidance from the experts at Children’s Hospital, the newly designed Safety and Injury Prevention and Practice 9-1-1 areas will feature key messages about water, fire and traffic safety; avoiding head injuries and falls; and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Kohl's Healthy Kids: It's Your Move! Grand Reopening
Monday, April 6

Join us as we celebrate the opening of this newly remodeled exhibit. Please check back for details!

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