We know you've missed T-rex, the butterflies, and Granny Hannah in her rocking chair in the Streets of Old Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Public Museum will reopen to the public on Friday, August 21, and they've implemented a slew of new policies and safety measures to help keep everyone healthy:
Timed Tickets: A timed ticket is required for entry for all visitors. Tickets are limited to meet a reduced visitor capacity.
Masks: Masks are required to be worn by all visitors over the age of three per the City of Milwaukee ordinance.
One-Way Paths: One-way paths have been created through each floor of the Museum.
Updated Cleaning Procedures: Updated cleaning procedures include a professional cleaning team onsite during operating hours to sanitize and clean the entire building, deep cleaning when the museum is closed, fresh air circulating throughout the building, and signs displayed to remind visitors to wash their hands.
Staff Requirements: Staff members must pass a COVID-19 screening before reporting to work, are required to wear a mask in all common areas, are required to wash their hands frequently, and will maintain a six-foot social distance or be behind a plexiglass barrier and avoid touching surfaces.
One Entrance/Exit: All visitors must enter through MPM’s main entrance on Wells Street and during the 30-minute entry window indicated on their ticket. All visitors should exit through the MacArthur Square parking structure exit in order to avoid cross-traffic patterns.
In addition, hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the Museum. Visitors are asked to maintain six-foot social distancing between family groups during their visit (which is about the distance of a triceratops skull or Simba the lion!).
In September, guests can visit the Wisconsin Woodlands exhibit on the second floor. They are highlighting the flora and fauna of Wisconsin and helping guests understand Wisconsin's natural environment. Programs were designed to appeal to all ages, from children to life-long learners.
There is an at-home component to this exhibit, too! It's for everyone to enjoy, but especially those who are not yet comfortable venturing out yet. Activities online include biodiversity bingo, a leaf identification booklet and learning how to press a plant specimen just like museum experts.
Find out more about the Museum's reopening plans at www.mpm.edu/reopening.