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The Milwaukee Public Museum Unveils Stunning Renderings of a New Contextual Design


The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) unveiled the much-anticipated renderings of the five-story, 200,000-square-foot structure on a 2.4-acre site in the Haymarket area. 

According to Museum CEO Dr. Ellen Censky, the project will be the biggest cultural undertaking in the history of the state. In the first ten years, it is anticipated that 5.5 million people would attend, including 1.5 million schoolchildren. 

The general idea of the museum as well as each exhibit’s design will be developed by the New York-based company Thinc Design. Few design firms have experience designing natural history museums, and even fewer have a focus on exhibitions. Both were essential, and Thinc met both requirements.  

Video Source: Milwaukee Public Museum

The design is centered on four main principles:  

  • Community 
  • Nature 
  • Education 
  • Preservation 

The architectural group will be composed of Ennead Architects and Kahler Slater. With offices in New York and Shanghai, Ennead brings local, regional, and global knowledge to its architectural designs. Past projects by Ennead include the Shanghai Astronomy Museum and the Natural History Museum of Utah.  

The Milwaukee-based architectural company Kahler Slater, on the other hand, has a plethora of expertise and experience developing structures in and around the state, including the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Milwaukee’s BMO Office Tower. When considering the site’s immediate neighborhood, the distinctive geography of this region of the country, and Wisconsin’s influence on the rest of the world, Kahler Slater’s local viewpoint on the project is crucial. 

Mortenson will be in charge of managing the building’s construction, drawing on their expertise in creating intricate facilities like Fiserv Forum to realize the vision of the neighborhood, MPM leadership, and the aforementioned creative teams. With its headquarters in Minneapolis, Mortenson operates offices throughout the country, one of which is in Milwaukee. Mortenson is collaborating with ALLCON, a local, Hispanic, woman-owned general contracting business. ALLCON, which was founded in 2009 and has its corporate office in Butler, Wisconsin, focuses on the carpentry and electrical trades. 

The design team sought to create a building that reflected Wisconsin’s rich natural history, as well as a new community focal point and a learning destination for students of all ages and backgrounds. The museum is also intended to serve as a center for research, carrying on the institution’s tradition of scientific innovation that has had an impact on both the national and international levels since 1884. 

The building is influenced by Milwaukee’s and Wisconsin’s ecological past, and it is reminiscent of the geological formations found in Mill Bluff State Park as well as the region’s varied landscapes created by the flow of water. 

The framework of the building is made of concrete and glass, and its outside texture is designed to resemble the historic sea stacks found in Mill Bluff State Park. The building’s rounded angles will also symbolize how Wisconsin’s glacial landscapes have eroded and weathered through time to define much of the state. The interior spaces of the museum, whose three separate entrances converge into one dynamic meeting place, reflect the convergence of Milwaukee’s three rivers, Milwaukee, Kinnickinnic, and Menomonee. 

Milwaukee Public Museum

The new Milwaukee Public Museum, which will be situated at the intersection of Sixth and Vliet Streets, will have two gardens—one at the front entry and another on the rooftop—that will host local Milwaukee plants in an effort to restore them to the city. 

Visitors can socialize in a naturally lit communal atrium on the first floor, which is modeled after a community center. Sightseers will be able to preview several exhibition floors and get a behind-the-scenes peek at collection areas and items that are generally hidden behind closed doors thanks to the flexible building plan. The museum will also have a planetarium, offices, labs, classrooms, a cafeteria area, and storage for the items. A permanent installation, a butterfly vivarium, and a distinctive exhibit piece will be on show on the rooftop. 

The project is anticipated to start construction in late 2023, with a public opening following in 2026. 

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