Milwaukee Public Museum to reopen butterfly wing this week

Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum.

The Milwaukee Public Museum will reopen its newly updated Puelicher Butterfly Wing on Thursday.

The wing includes the Bugs Alive! Exhibit and the Jack Puelicher Vivarium and features new interactive elements and updates to the Butterflies Alive theater.

“We look forward to welcoming families and visitors back into the Puelicher Butterfly Wing, a beloved exhibit here at the museum,” said Dr. Ellen Censky, president and chief executive officer of MPM. “Throughout time and history, individuals representing cultures around the world have used images of butterflies for art, research, and to understand the world we live in. From caterpillars to chrysalises to colorful winged insects, butterflies are a symbol of change — something we’ve all become familiar with in the past year. For MPM, re-opening the Puelicher Butterfly Wing represents cultural connection and a positive next step.”

The butterfly wing features a two-story, tropical garden with hundreds of live butterflies flying freely throughout the habitat. The nearby Wall of Diversity showcases more than 1,000 species of butterflies and moths from MPM collections, and the new Butterflies Alive interactive area now includes crawl-through elements. The wing also includes a learning gallery and a working butterfly laboratory with a super-sized habitat for kids to explore.

Admission to the butterfly wing is included as part of museum admission.

MPM reopened its doors to the public in March, following closures related to COVID-19. In July, it reopened its Daniel M. Soref Planetarium with the debut of “Stargazers of Africa.”.

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