ON-Lion Letter

The Milwaukee Public Museum's (MPM) beloved Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit will close temporarily on August 3rd to be reimagined and renovated in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

"Most exhibits showcase history.  Streets has become part of Milwaukee's history," according to MPM president and chief executive officer Dennis Kois.  "We're very excited to build on that history by implementing changes that will enhance not only the Streets themselves, but deliver the kind of visitor experience contemporary museum-goers expect."

Streets opened in January 1965, under the direction of then-Director Carl Borhegyi, who was inspired by a 19th Century barbershop and drugstore exhibit in the Museum's library building.  MPM artist Edward Green designed the original exhibit to transport the visitor back to a Fall evening at the turn of the century. 

For its 50th anniversary, the MPM exhibits team will raise the bar further by providing visitors with a heightened sensory experience -- including new soundscapes, "secrets" to discover, sights, and even smells, as well as the integration of cutting-edge technology to engage audiences.

"Milwaukee has a history of building world-class, innovative exhibits,” said MPM exhibit director Julian Jackson.  "We're building on the shoulders of giants here.  Carl Akeley created the very first habitat-style diorama here in 1889.  The Indian Crow Bison Hunt was the largest open diorama in the world when it opened in November 1966.  The re-imagination of Streets will live up to and build upon that level of quality."

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports MPM, where the Streets of Old Milwaukee will reopen in December.

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