By Tiffany Crouse
Milwaukee County residents hardly have an excuse for boredom on a Thursday.
There are a variety of activities that a few museums offer to Milwaukee residents for free on Thursdays.
The first Thursday of every month is “free admission day” to both the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) has an assortment of exhibits meant to attract the interest of resident of varying ages.
If you head over to this upcoming “Thank You Thursday”, you can visit the museum’s newest permanent exhibit in over a decade: Crossroads of Civilization.
This exhibit includes intriguing facts and interactive elements about cultures from Egyptian to Greek.
An interactive timeline sports colorful photos. This exhibit has two mummies on display, as well as a life-sized recreation of King-Tut himself that’s appeared to attract the attention of younger crowds.
“Milwaukee County owns the Museum facility and collections, and as a ‘thank you’ to the County and its constituents, we offer this opportunity for residents to visit MPM the first Thursday of every month without charge” according to MPM’s website.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is also free on the first Thursday of every month.
MAM hopes to inspire the Milwaukee community to enjoy art, and create it. On the next free Thursday, May 7th, The Art Museum will be opening up a new theme in their Kohl’s Art Generation Studio.
The theme will be: the printed word. Kids can come between 10 A.M. and 7 P.M. to draw, paint, and create things with in the studio.
There are a few events at the Art Museum for adults as well. On that same day, Heather Korte, the Museum Sommelier, will teach the art of wine and food pairing at 5:30 P.M. Shortly after that, at 6:15 p.m., Dr. Randy Griffey, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be discussing the painter Thomas Hart Benton.
Admission to this talk is free with your free admission to the art museum.
On the third Thursday of every month, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s admission is free. This upcoming third Thursday, May 21st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., kids join the Be A Maker program.
This allows children to design and build components for a large 3D sculpture with other children.
This Sculpture will be on display at the Betty Brinn Museum.
Kids will also get to make their own creation to take home.
Get out into your city this next Thursday, Milwaukee Museums have got you covered.
For more information on free days at these three Milwaukee Museums visit their websites at:
Milwaukee Public Museum: http://www.mpm.edu/plan-visit/calendar/thank-you-thursday
Milwaukee Art Museum: http://mam.org/calendar/events/index.php?d=2015-05-7&m=1
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: http://www.bbcmkids.org/calendar/extraevents.php