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Four of the best places to explore STEM in Milwaukee

fun with stem Aug 06, 2021

The cream city might have its fair share of haters, but if there’s one thing Milwaukee does right, it’s fun! Throughout the year, Milwaukee is home to a number of festivals, museums, zoos, and more where science, technology, engineering, and math are king—or, at least, really important.

No matter if you’re looking for some last-minute summer fun or a way to escape the winter cold, Milwaukee has something for you.

Mitchell Park Domes

524 S. Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215

The Domes might be one of the most quintessential landmarks in Milwaukee and sits in Mitchell Park. Inside each of these three glass behemoths is 1 acre of plants and walking paths. Each dome is home to unique species of plants and animals; there is a desert dome, a tropical dome, and a show dome.

Inside of the Desert Dome. Photo courtesy of Mercedes Zabel

Inside of The Domes, you’ll find information and history on the structure and design of the world’s only conoidal glass house as well as information on the ecology and conservation of the plants and animals that call The Domes home. Additionally, there are formal programs for children, adults, and families run by the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for juniors(6–17 years old), and free for children(under 5).

Discovery World

500 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Discovery World is a non-profit science and technology center that features tons of interactive exhibits, an aquarium, and educational labs and programs. Discovery World’s unique hands-on exhibits offer learners young and old the opportunity to explore the world around them, and to get a better idea of what STEM means in their lives.

Photo courtesy of Nolan Tremelling

Want to check out one of the newer areas at Discovery World? Be sure to visit the WE Energies Foundation Power On exhibit! You’ll get to learn about different types of energy and how it transforms our lives. Do you think you have what it takes to power a blender? Make sure to see how much energy you can make in this super fun exhibit!

General admission is $20 for adults and $16 for children.

Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Leonardo da Vinci once said that “details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.” Where else in Milwaukee will you find more attention to detail than at the Milwaukee Art Museum?

The Quadracci Pavilion. Photo courtesy of abovemke

Inside of the Museum, which is home to the world-renowned Quadracci Pavillion, you’ll find 30,000 works of art. In addition to the vast art collection, the Milwaukee Art Museum offers programs to learn and play while at the museum. Inside of the Kohl’s Art Studio you can try your hand at making art, or join the MAM for a Play Date with Art and design and construct a boat that floats! Teens and adults can also partake in the museum’s programs through internships, lectures, gallery talks, music, and film.

While visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum, be sure to watch for the Burke Brise Soleil—the large wings on the museum. The Burke Brise Soleil open at 10:00 am, “flaps” at noon, and closes at 5:00 pm. 

Admission is $19 for adults, $17 for students, seniors(65+), military, and free for children(12 and under.)

Green Meadows Petting Farm

33603 High Drive, East Troy, Wisconsin, 53120

If you’re looking for a trip outside of the city, make sure to check out Green Meadows Petting Farm in East Troy. Only 40 minutes away from downtown MKE, Green Meadows is home to furry and feathered farm friends!

There amazing staff will help you to learn about life on the farm, how they take care of their animals, and what farming in Wisconsin is like. You’ll get to play with goats, pigs, ducklings, kittens, cows, and so much more during your visit!

Photo courtesy of Jill Harp

You can’t visit a farm in America’s Dairyland seeing a cow—so be sure to do something even better and learn how to milk a cow during your trip to Green Meadows.

Day passes are $14 for anyone 2 and older, seniors day passes are $12.


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