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; Special Hours for Holidays and Special Events. Open 9-5 Mondays-Saturdays and 12-5 Sundays. 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 390-KIDS(5437) Website: 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 featuring the Caribbean walk-through tunnel, and DIY projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab. In the summer months, enjoy a Family Sail on Discovery World's Tall Ship, the Denis Sullivan – a 137 ft. 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; Website: www.discoveryworld.org.
400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee; More than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Harley-Davidson Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you've never seen before through the successes and trials of an iconic American company that was started in a Milwaukee garage. MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. May-September: 9-6 daily; until 8 p.m. Thursdays; October-April: 10-6 daily; until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Telephone: (877) 436-8738; Website: 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; Website: 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; Closes at 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Telephone: (414) 278-2702; Website: www.mpm.edu.
The Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium
800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee; Offers visitors three unique visual experiences in one venue: a thrilling 3D film, a planetarium show, or a magnificent giant screen film on a six-story screen with digital surround. Telephone: (414) 319-4629; Website: 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 Website: 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; Website: www.warmemorialcenter.org.
Wisconsin Automotive Museum
147 N. Rural St., Hartford; Wisconsin's largest auto museum with more than 100 cars and trucks of all makes and vintages, a 250-ton steam locomotive and the world's largest collection of Kissel automobiles, which were built in Hartford between 1906 and 1931. Hours: May 1-September 30: 10-5 Mondays-Saturdays, 12-5 Sundays, Open Holidays; October 1-April 30: 10-5 Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 Sundays, Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Holidays. Telephone: (262) 673-7999; Website: www.wisconsinautomuseum.com.