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Museums & Attractions
The Milwaukee area is blessed with a variety of cultural attractions, including the Harley-Davidson Museum. Located in the Menomonee Valley just south of downtown, it details the history of the legendary motorcycle and its impact on America. Other notable Milwaukee-area museums and attractions include:
- The recently expanded Milwaukee Art Museum, includes masterpieces by Rembrandt, Durer, Picasso and Warhol. The museum's stunning Calatrava-designed addition has added a dramatic architectural signature to the lakefront.
- A tradition of excellence in exhibits, education, collections and research has been the hallmark of the Milwaukee Public Museum since it was established in 1882. Permanent exhibits include multi-level displays of dinosaurs, North American Indians, a tropical rain forest, 19th-century Milwaukee neighborhoods and an environmentally controlled butterfly pavilion.
- The Betty Brinn Children's Museum features hands-on exhibits for children ages 1 through 10.
- Discovery World is a lakefront science and technology museum designed for young adults and children.
- The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the top zoological parks in the country. The 200-acre park is known for its open concept, which simulates the animals' natural environments by using moats to separate predators from their prey. Its Aquatic & Reptile Center includes sharks and alligators, as well as more than 200 fish that are native to Wisconsin lakes.
- Those who want to test their luck will want to head to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Located in downtown Milwaukee, it attracts more than 6 million visitors every year and offers action 24/7 with nearly 100 table games, 3,000 slot machines, a bingo hall, poker room, off-track betting room, 500-seat theater and six unique restaurants.
- Plant enthusiasts will want to explore the recently renovated Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Known locally as "The Domes," the facility consists of three 85-foot domes. One contains a desert environment, another houses tropical plants and the third features changing displays.