Onsite School Programming

Milwaukee Public Museum is excited to welcome back schools for onsite education programs!

Below are our current offerings available to field trip groups.

EDUCATION INVESTIGATIONS

Led by Museum educators with content based on DPI curriculum standards. Each Education Investigation links classroom lessons to the Museum collections, allowing students an opportunity to learn in our unique environment.

Requirements
  • Minimum of 10 students per program with a maximum of 30 students
  • Groups that exceed 30 students require multiple reservations
  • Pre-registration and adherence to chaperone policy
Duration and Availability

Weekdays (excluding Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; 50 minutes

Cost

$4 per student, plus Museum admission

Program Topics
  • Archaeology
    Students are the archaeologists in this program that explores how scientists use observational skills to examine artifacts from past cultures and determine what they reveal about the people who used them. Through hands-on interactions and teamwork, we learn how to define and interpret artifacts. Students are sent into the Crossroads of Civilization gallery to conduct their own field surveys of ancient artifacts and deliver oral reports on their conclusions. Grade levels: 3-12
  • Dinosaurs
    This intensive program leads students on an interactive journey back in time through the Third Planet gallery to explore the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. Students handle paleontologist tools, take a close look at a wide range of real dinosaur fossils, and test their dinosaur-recognition skills with the Museum’s legendary “Dinosaur Challenge.” Grade levels: 1-3
  • Mummies
    Using a life-sized model, we follow details of the major phases of Egyptian mummification, examining its context, origins, and refinement, and identify the general concepts of the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Participate in the step-by-step process of mummification, including organ removal, use of canopic jars, and the procedure for wrapping, adorning, and entombing the pharaohs and other royalty of ancient Egypt. We conclude the program up close and personal with one of the Museum’s authentic Egyptian mummies. Grade levels: 3-12
  • Signs and Symbols in the Streets
    Tour the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit and discover how the artifacts and symbols of earlier times reflect the life of the city’s past. In this interactive, hands-on program, we examine mystery artifacts and search for the symbols that guided immigrants through a new world. Grade levels: 1-3
  • Stories of the Skies
    In this dynamic program, we explore our unique corner of the galaxy as we build together a scale model of the solar system, then venture through the Museum’s exhibits to share exciting stories of constellations and the night sky from ancient cultures around the world. Add a Planetarium program to maximize this educational opportunity. Grade levels: 1-3

EXHIBIT TOURS

Exhibit Tours are led by highly trained Museum docents. These tours complement classroom lessons by offering students the ability to explore real objects, both hands-on and through exhibit displays.

Requirements
  • Minimum of 10 students per program; maximum 25
  • Groups that exceed 25 students require multiple reservations
  • Pre-registration and adherence to chaperone policy
Duration and Availability

Weekdays (excluding Tuesdays), 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; 50 minutes

Cost

$4 per student, plus Museum admission

Program Topics

Grades 1-3

  • Biodiversity and Climate
    • Discover the Animals of Wisconsin: Learn about the many animals that call Wisconsin home through our exhibits and hands-on artifacts.
    • Amazing Butterflies: Explore the fascinating life cycle and adaptations of butterflies.
    • Let’s Travel to the Arctic: Learn how the Arctic climate shaped the unique adaptations of its native animals and the lifeways of Arctic peoples.
    • Who Lives in the Rainforest: Explore how climate impacts the daily life of different animals and plants in the rainforest.
  • Native American Tours
    • Wisconsin’s First Peoples: Explore the long history and current lifeways of the Native American communities of Wisconsin.
    • From the Desert to the Ocean - Comparing Diverse Ecosystems: Explore how Native American communities have adapted to and thrived in diverse environments over thousands of years.

Grades 4-6

  • Science
    • Tropical Rainforest Journey: Let’s explore the amazing climate and life of one of the most diverse places on Earth.
    • Geology and Fossils of The Third Planet: Explore how the Earth formed and changed over time to support life in all its diversity, with a special emphasis on Wisconsin’s unique geological past.
  • History
    • Streets of Old Milwaukee Past and Present: Look at life in Milwaukee during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and see how it has changed over the years.
    • Exploring the Ancient World - Crossroads of Civilization: Discover how people lived thousands of years ago in Greece, Rome, and Egypt through the artifacts they left behind.
  • Native American Tours
    • Wisconsin’s First Peoples: Explore the long history and current lifeways of the Native American communities of Wisconsin.
    • From the Desert to the Ocean - Comparing Diverse Ecosystems: Explore how Native American communities have adapted to and thrived in diverse environments over thousands of years.

Other areas and grade levels may be available; please contact our reservations department to make a special request.