Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go
We're ready to welcome you. Please see the information below to make the most of your visit.

Staff at the front desk can provide helpful information for your visit. Please feel free to stop by at any time you have a question.


Certain galleries will be closed when we are changing exhibits. 
Galleries will be closed at the following times: (dates are subject to change)

Bathroom Remodel Summer 2024:
  • The 1st floor bathrooms will be remodeled 6/3/2024- 7/19/2024 (dates are subject to change). Portable outdoor toilets will be available during this time.  
Walter Gallery:
  • Germs section 8/13/2024-9/7/2024
Community Room Gallery:
  • 3/1/2024-3/29/2024
  • 5/20/2024-5/25/2024
  • 11/3/2024-TBD mid November 2024
Discovery Room:
  • 4/5/2024-4/8/2024
Byram-Manger Gallery:
  • 5/20/2024-6/1/2024​
  • ​9/30/2024-10/19/2024
WPS Gallery:​
  • 11/4/2024-11/22/2024

Exploring our exhibitions

The Museum contains multiple exhibits.

The following exhbitions require visitor discretion:

Telling our Stories: LGBTQ+ Voices of Northeastern Wisconsin
* Please be aware that sections of this exhibit include adult content and themes. We ask that guests use their own judgment when navigating this exhibit. 
**Language Statement: In this exhibit, you may come across terms that are new to you or terms that have had different meanings over time. The terms were intentionally chosen as they originally appear in the primary resources. As a result, some parts of the exhibit contain outdated or offensive terms. It is important to present these words as they originally appeared because it provides an accurate representation of the language used at the time and provides full context to the history.

Spectacular Science: Light
*Please be aware that this section includes flashing lights.


Service Animals

Trained service animals are welcome in all spaces throughout the museum.
Other supervised and leashed domesticated animals are allowed only outside of the building.


Food and Drinks

Food and drinks must remain closed and stowed away in your bag during your visit.
There is no eating and drinking in the galleries. Please enjoy food and drink on the ground floor at the tables near the gift shop.


Health and Safety

Safety is the Museum’s number-one priority. Wearing a mask is optional inside the Museum. We encourage our visitors, staff, and volunteers to follow the mask-wearing practices that make them feel most comfortable. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor available data and public health conditions and react appropriately.

Please stay home if you feel ill or are running a fever.
The museum has hand sanitizer available for guest use during your visit.