Lunch & Lecture

The Milwaukee Public Museum Lunch & Lecture speaker series is going online! 

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We are pleased to host several great speakers ready to share their knowledge through the 2020-21 virtual Lunch & Lecture series. To maintain the health and safety of our guests and staff, current Lunch & Lecture programs will be conducted online, and as a temporary measure, we have put the post-lecture lunch or an onsite tour on hold. We plan to resume these features as soon as possible.


Online Lecture - 11:30 a.m.

Cost and Tickets

FREE for students* and members; non-member price is $5 per household. 

To purchase for groups of 10+ (non-household), please call 414-278-2728 during Call Center hours (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 1; then Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).

Tickets for sale below; advance registration required. Registration will close two days before a scheduled lecture. Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom one day before the lecture.

*Students must register by calling 414-278-2728.

2020-21 Lunch & Lecture series 
chris tyrrellMay 18, 2021 - DNA Sequencing, Morphometric Analysis, and Supercomputers: How Museums Are More like Star Trek Than Downton Abbey

Dr. Christopher Tyrrell, MPM Assistant Research Curator of Botany, Director of Library & Informatics, and Interim Head of Anthropology, History, Geology, and Registration

You may have heard about DNA sequencing and supercomputers in the news, or you may be fortunate enough to use them where you work. But did you know that scientists at MPM and natural history museums around the world apply these tools to specimens that were collected tens to hundreds of years ago? The Milwaukee Public Museum’s own Dr. Christopher Tyrrell will explain the technology behind DNA sequencing and specimen analyses and show how — when applied to historic museums specimens — they can yield new discoveries about our natural world.

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Past Lectures

April 13, 2021 - "Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation"
Karen S. Oberhauser, Director, UW-Madison Arboretum; Professor, Dept. of Entomology

March 9, 2021 - "Ruffled Feathers: The History and Art of MPM’s Dromaeosaurid Models"
Patricia Burke, Curator of Geological Collections/Senior Collections Manager

February 9, 2021 - "The Archaeology of Dogs in the Western Great Lakes"
Richard (Rick) W. Edwards IV, PhD, RPA, Principal investigator for Commonwealth Heritage Group and an Honorary Fellow at UWM

November 10, 2020 – "Stereotypes, Biases, Myths, Oh My!"
Dr. Heather Ann Moody

October 20, 2020 - "Herstory at MPM"
Dawn Scher Thomae, MPM Curator of Anthropology Collections

March 10, 2020 - "CONSTELLATIONS! Investigation, Imagination, & Inspiration"
Robert Bonadurer, Planetarium & Dome Theater Director

February 11, 2020 - "Don't Judge a Brook by Its Cover -- Use Bugs!"
Jessica Orlofske, UW-Parkside and MPM Adjunct Curator

November 19, 2019 -   "Our Grandmother's Dress"
Siobhan Marks, Communications & Marketing Director, Indian Community School 

October 8, 2019 - "How Spiders Become Parents"
John Dobyns, Director of Outreach and Operations, UW Oshkosh CAPP Office

May 14, 2019 - "'Lumos!' Taxonomy and Biology of Wisconsin Fireflies"
Dr. Daniel K. Young, Professor of Entomology and Director of Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC)

April 9, 2019 - "A Poisonous Mushroom in a New Country and the Genes It Carried with It"
Anne Pringle, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Departments of Botany and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 12, 2019 - "Handicrafts for Hard Times: The WPA Milwaukee Handicraft Project"
Jackie Schweitzer, History Collection Manager

February 12, 2019 - "The Bees of the Southern Lake Michigan Region: An Ecological and Faunistic Monograph"
 Laura Rericha-Anchor, Wildlife Biologist II at Forest Preserve District of Cook County

November 6, 2018 - "Tribute to Survival"
James Kelly,  Exhibit Director Emeritus

October 9, 2018 - "A History of Native American Policy and Activism: From the American Indian Movement to Today"
Heather Bruegl, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

And more!