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MPM Exposed Tours

Think you know MPM’s exhibits? Think again! Join this November tour series of your favorite exhibits and learn the stories our labels don’t tell you.
 

Decline, Decay, & Death of the Universe

Celebrate the Halloween season at MPM: Pick a show, tour, or combine both for a double dose of death!

Community Conversation

Join us for a facilitated conversation about museums, interpretation, and Native American collections.  Presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

MPM All In

Our free mobile app  helps families and groups, including visitors with autism and disabilities, plan their visit or interact while at the Museum.

MPM on the Move

Our outreach program brings the Museum to the community!

 

Become a Member

Receive free general admission for one year, free Planetarium programs, parking discounts, event invites, and many other benefits!

Make a Donation

Your gift helps inspire curiosity, excite minds, and increase desire to preserve and protect our world’s natural and cultural diversity.

Corporate Partners

Support education programs, community outreach, and scientific research, while creating unique opportunities for your company.

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Frogs!

Limited engagement October 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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Programs

There's always something exciting happening at MPM!

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Research & Collections

Find out more about the 4,000,000+ objects in our collection.

Friday, October 19th

Mystery at MPM

  • 7:30 pm

mysteryJoin us for an after-hours mystery caper!

This event has sold out.

 
Event Details

Explore the mysterious and  spooky side of MPM as you put your sleuthing skills to the test!   Solve diabolical riddles, interview shady characters, and gather tips to aid your investigation. So invite your friends and prepare for a night of tricks, treats, and general mayhem!

  • Mystery at MPM is an 18+ event. 
  • Team sizes of 2-8 people are recommended. 
  • Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will help fuel your adventure!
  • The mystery begins  promptly at 7:30 p.m.
 

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Frogs!

  • 10:15 am
  • 10:45 am
  • 11:15 am
  • 11:45 am
  • 12:15 pm
  • 12:45 pm
  • 1:15 pm
  • 1:45 pm
  • 2:15 pm
  • 2:45 pm
  • 3:15 pm
  • 3:45 pm
  • 4:15 pm

green frogExperience the vocal and visual beauty of frogs at this special exhibit!
Limited Engagement: October 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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Frog Feedings: Stop by to watch the frogs get fed by a professional keeper and learn something new! Feedings occur daily at 11:00 a.m. for about 15 minutes.

Monday - Amazon Milk Frogs and/or Mexican Dumpy Frogs 
Tuesday -  African Bullfrog and/or Ornate Horned Frogs
Wednesday -  Giant Monkey Frogs and/or Amazon Milk Frogs 
Thursday -  Poison Dart Frogs
Friday  - Amazon Milk Frogs and/or Mexican Dumpy Frogs 
Saturday -  African Bullfrog and/or American Bullfrog
Sunday - Poison Dart Frogs

 

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Planetarium - Space Aliens

  • 10:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

alien faceJoin our alien experts — “Hopeful” and “Skeptical” – as they examine Xtra-terrestrial files and try to convince each other whether or not life exists beyond the Earth. Follow their cosmic arguments from the ocean floor to a journey across the galaxy!

 

 

 

 

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Mountain Quest - Giant Film

  • 10:30 am
  • 1:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:30 pm

mountainsMountain Quest is tapestry of jaw-dropping action combined with rich STEM content and  physics of the real world – how climbing is a tug-of-war between friction and gravity, while skiing involves the same battle of forces in reverse, and more. Educational insights on engineering are seamlessly integrated with dramatic visuals and action. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.

 

 

 

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Saturday, October 20th

Planetarium - One World, One Sky

  • 9:30 am

Website_poster_graphics_oneworld.jpgTake an adventure with Big Bird into outer space and learn about the Sun, the Moon, and the constellations. Together with Elmo and a new pal from China, Hu Hu Zhu, you’ll see the night skies from Sesame Street, Zhima Jie, and all over earth. On this cross-culture voyage, our little viewers will discover how different outer space is from Earth, and how people all over the world are connected to each other. For children ages 4-6.




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Planetarium - Wisconsin Stargazing

  • 10:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

Website_poster_graphics_WiStar.jpgTake a live tour of the current Wisconsin night sky in this 22-minute guided Planetarium program. A lively astronomy educator will show you all of the current sights on a clear Dome Theater “sky,” such as planets, constellations, meteors, and other fun celestial phenomena. The program includes a cosmic Q&A session and requests from the audience.

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Frogs!

  • 9:15 am
  • 9:45 am
  • 10:15 am
  • 10:45 am
  • 11:15 am
  • 11:45 am
  • 12:15 pm
  • 12:45 pm

green frogExperience the vocal and visual beauty of frogs at this special exhibit!
Limited Engagement: October 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Tickets

Frog Feedings: Stop by to watch the frogs get fed by a professional keeper and learn something new! Feedings occur daily at 11:00 a.m. for about 15 minutes.

Monday - Amazon Milk Frogs and/or Mexican Dumpy Frogs 
Tuesday -  African Bullfrog and/or Ornate Horned Frogs
Wednesday -  Giant Monkey Frogs and/or Amazon Milk Frogs 
Thursday -  Poison Dart Frogs
Friday  - Amazon Milk Frogs and/or Mexican Dumpy Frogs 
Saturday -  African Bullfrog and/or American Bullfrog
Sunday - Poison Dart Frogs

 

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Mountain Quest - Giant Film

  • 10:30 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm

mountainsMountain Quest is tapestry of jaw-dropping action combined with rich STEM content and  physics of the real world – how climbing is a tug-of-war between friction and gravity, while skiing involves the same battle of forces in reverse, and more. Educational insights on engineering are seamlessly integrated with dramatic visuals and action. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.

 

 

 

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Oceans: The Blue Planet 3D

  • 1:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm

otterTake a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, hear the untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing creatures. Meet fascinating characters like the ingenious tusk fish that uses a tool to open its food. Find a cunning octopus who shields herself in an armory of shells to hide from predators. Journey through the oceans to experience these extraordinary discoveries and uncover a spectacular world of life beneath the waves.
 


 

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Planetarium - Spooky Space

  • 11:30 am
  • 2:30 pm

pumpkin in skyLooking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the stars -- the stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts -- and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes,   zombie stars, and   spectacular ghostly nebulae!

Special Halloween programming - Showing October 13 to 31

 

 

 

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Hidden MPM Tour: A Tribute to Survival

  • 11:00 am

native americans with flagIn honor of the 25th anniversary of the Museum's groundbreaking A Tribute to Survival exhibition,  join us for a fascinating overview exploring how First Americans survived and thrived while shaping U.S. history and transforming the rest of the world. Presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Dates and Times

Saturdays, September 22 - November 10
11:00 a.m. (50 minutes)

Cost

$4 non-members, $2 members  plus general admission
Tickets available online, by calling 414-278-2728, or at Admissions.

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