Milwaukee Public Museum design reflects rock formations at state park

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Milwaukee Public Museum design reflects rock formations at state park

The Milwaukee Public Museum first introduces the design of a new downtown museum inspired by the famous Wisconsin State Park.

The five-story museum, which will open on West McKinley Avenue and North Six Street in 2026, will be primarily concrete and glass construction.

Its exterior design is reminiscent of the formations of Milbluff State Park overlooking Interstate 90 near Camp Douglas in central Wisconsin.

The texture of the exterior of the building mimics the ancient rock pillars of Milbluff, and its rounded corners represent the erosion and weathering that occurs as the landscape evolves.

Milbluff was one of the dozens of Wisconsin museums, parks and other landmarks visited by the museum’s design team, including the architect of Kahler Slater in Milwaukee, led by Todd Schliemann and Jarrett Pelletier of New York-based Ennead Architects. ..

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