General Interest Museums
Betty Brinn Children's Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee; The Milwaukee area's only museum designed specifically for children ages 10 and younger, where children and grown-ups learn alongside each other. Features hands-on exhibits, educational programs, events and performances. Open 9-5 Mondays-Saturdays; 12-5 Sundays; See website for special holiday hours. Telephone: (414) 390-5437; www.bbcmkids.org.
Discovery World Science + Technology Center
500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee; Milwaukee’s premiere science and technology center that offers fun and learning for the whole family. Explore interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, eight learning labs, educational programs, and summer learning experiences aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan – a 137-foot recreation of a 19th-century Great Lakes cargo schooner. Hours: Mondays (closed seasonally – see website for details); 9-4 Tuesdays-Fridays; 10-5 Saturdays and Sundays. Telephone: (414) 765-9966; www.discoveryworld.org.
400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee; Offers a glimpse of American history and culture through the successes and trials of an iconic American company started in a Milwaukee garage. Exhibits, events and tours. MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. May-September: 9-6 daily; until 8 Thursdays; October-April: 10-6 daily; until 8 Thursdays. Telephone: (877) 436-8738; www.h-dmuseum.com.
Logic Puzzle Museum
533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington; More than 60-plus hands-on logic and brain puzzles to work and solve for families, adults, school groups, youth and scout groups, for ages 5-105. Annual events include: Mystery Objects, International Tongue Twister Contest, Brain Twister Day, Tangram Celebration, Sam Loyd "Puzzleman" Birthday. Gift shop open year-round. Call for hours. Telephone: (262) 763-3946; www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org.
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee; Life-size dioramas, hands-on experiences, and traveling special exhibits. Travel back more than 65 million years to the land of dinosaurs. Gaze at ancient civilizations and see real mummies. Surround yourself with the sound and feel of the tropical rainforest. Walk the “Streets of Old Milwaukee” to experience the city as it was at the turn of the 19th century. Watch a butterfly wriggle out of its chrysalis in a two-story butterfly vivarium. Daily tours, special events and cultural programming. Open 10-5 Mondays-Fridays; 9-5 Saturdays; 11-5 Sundays; open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Butterfly Vivarium closes at 4:30 p.m. daily. Telephone: (414) 278-2702; www.mpm.edu.
The Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium
800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee; Offers visitors three unique visual experiences: 3D films, planetarium programs and screen shows on a six-story-tall screen with digital surround sound. Free with MPM general admission or membership. Telephone: (414) 319-4629; www.mpm.edu.
Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum
533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington; Features 35 hands-on toy tops and top games; a 2,000 item exhibit of tops, yo-yos, and gyroscopes from around the world; plus a live presentation by a top expert. Events include Annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toy Convention, Yo-Yo Summer Day Camp, and gyroscope contest. Yo-Yo classes and old-fashioned top-spinning classes are offered for groups and birthday parties. Call for hours. Telephone: (262) 763-3946; www.topmuseum.org.
War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee; Stunning architectural landmark on Milwaukee's lakefront stands as a memorial to those who died in service, served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services. Original World War I and World War II poster collection, eternal flame and reflecting pool, Purple Heart Memorial, 9/11 Memorial and Fox Company Memorial. Open Daily; Free Admission. Telephone: (414) 273-5533; www.warmemorialcenter.org.
Wisconsin Automotive Museum
147 N. Rural St., Hartford; Wisconsin’s largest auto museum houses more than 110 vehicles, including Studebakers, Kaisers, Fords and the world’s largest collection of Kissel automobiles, which were built in Hartford between 1906 and 1931. Exhibits feature gas pumps, signs, license plates, oil cans and other petroliana; outboard engines; and a 1913 Soo Line steam locomotive. Hours: May 1-September 30: 10-5 Mondays-Saturdays, 12-5 Sundays; October 1-April 30: 10-5 Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 Sundays, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Telephone: (262) 673-7999; www.wisconsinautomuseum.com.