Another building being demolished at future Milwaukee Public Museum site

Milwaukee Public Museum rendering for its planned, $240 million new museum building and campus slated to be constructed on a 2.4-acre site at the corner of 6th Street and McKinley Avenue in the Haymarket neighborhood near downtown Milwaukee. (Ennead Architects/Kahler Slater)

Demolition work continues today at the future site of the Milwaukee Public Museum, northeast of North Sixth and Vliet streets near downtown Milwaukee.

Today, contractors will take down the second of three buildings on the site, making way for the future museum building that will be set on a combined 2.4-acre site.

“Having finalized the architectural design for the future museum and shared sketches of interior views, our team is excited to see additional steps be taken in preparation for our future museum’s construction,” said Dr. Ellen Censky, president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “Demolition today gets us one step closer to breaking ground.”

So far more than $128 million has been raised for the $240 million museum project, including $45 million from Milwaukee County and $40 million from the state. Construction of the building is expected to begin late this year or early next year and be completed in late 2026.

Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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