'Day of celebration': Milwaukee County leaders sign into law $45M for new Milwaukee Public Museum

NOW: ’Day of celebration’: Milwaukee County leaders sign into law $45M for new Milwaukee Public Museum

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's official. The Milwaukee Public Museum will remain a community staple.

County officials signed into law $45 million in funding for a new location.

"And now, together, we can continue to provide access to inspiring and educational opportunities through a world class museum for generations to come," Milwaukee Public Museum President & CEO Ellen Censky said.

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley providing the final signature on the legislation Monday, March 21.

"When you look at this museum, this is a very important piece to this community as it serves some of the diverse clientele," Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.

The County Board of Supervisors approved the money last week, which means a new home for the museum.

The current building dates back to the 1960s, and is unsuitable for the more than four million objects and specimens inside.

"This institution is being renewed and reimagined, re-envisioned for future generations of Milwaukee and Wisconsin," Milwaukee County Board Finance Committee Chair Jason Haas said.

The funding also ensures the museum does not lose its accreditation, keeping critical revenue streams and its status.  

"The museum would no longer be eligible for important federal research grants. It could no longer receive loan collections from other museums for the community to enjoy," Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson said.

The groundbreaking on the new site, near the Deer District, is sometime next year.

The grand opening is planned for 2026.


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