Milwaukee Public Museum Breaks Ground on Future Museum

May 8, 2024

Joined by community leaders, the design team, and project supporters, Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) held a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration for the Future Museum in Milwaukee.

Heavily influenced by the ecological histories of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, the design of the new Museum will be reminiscent of the geological formations in Mill Bluff State Park, emblematic of the region’s diversity of landscapes formed by the movements of water through time. The convergence of Milwaukee’s three rivers—the Milwaukee, Kinnickinnic and Menomonee—inspire the Museum’s interior commons, with entrances welcoming visitors into a dynamic gathering space.  

The design team of Kahler Slater, Ennead Architects, and Thinc Design are partnered to create the engaging state-wide asset that explores the interconnectedness of nature and culture. Community engagement, inclusive design, and sustainability are significant factors in the development of the design.  The building will be approximately 200,000 square feet, including five stories:, and include two gardens designed by GGN.  Mortenson and ALLCON are partnered to construct the building, with plans to open in early 2027.

“On behalf of Kahler Slater, we congratulate the Milwaukee Public Museum on this monumental next step in creating a new icon and resource which will positively impact our community and the state of Wisconsin. The Future Museum will be highly visible, accessible to all and positioned to welcome visitors to downtown and transform how we explore this city.” - Al Krueger, CEO.