Milwaukee Public Museum released sketches of the future museum’s Time Travel Gallery on Tuesday, the images are just first of the five galleries the museum plans to share over the next several months.
Each gallery features an overarching theme including prehistorical nature, the state’s geological features, a replacement for “Streets of Old Milwaukee” and a greenhouse with butterflies. Time Travel’s features exhibits representing the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, Milwaukee Public Museum President and CEO Dr. Ellen Censky said in a statement.
The museum plans to move from 800 W. Wells St. to a new 2.4-acre site at the corner of Sixth and McKinley Streets, a museum spokesperson said. Museum officials working with designers from New York-based Thinc Design will roll out gallery renderings from March 7 until May 23, the spokesperson added. Gallery names include “Milwaukee Revealed,” “Wisconsin Journey” and “Rainforest.”
Censky told The Daily Reporter the museum reviewed dozens of applications and followed a proposal and interview process before the leadership selected Thinc Design as the project’s exhibit designer.
“Since embarking on the project, our design partners at Thinc have immersed themselves into MPM’s collections, community and Wisconsin more broadly. In 2021, MPM and our project partners took a tour of the state, finding inspiration for the architecture and design processes ahead, exploring the geographically diverse and culturally rich wonders we have in Wisconsin and learning about the unique place the Future Museum will examine and reflect,” Censky said in a message.
The future museum building will be around 200,000 square feet with a 50,000-square-foot off-site collections storage building, a museum spokesperson said. Contractors Mortenson and ALLCON will oversee construction and groundbreaking is expected in late 2023, the spokesperson added. Museum officials expect the project to be completed in 2026.