Considered among the best natural history museums in the country, this museum houses more than 6 million specimens and artifacts. One hallmark is the "Streets of Old Milwaukee," depicting the city in the 1890s. Cul-de-sacs showcase domestic settings representing the ethnic groups that have settled Milwaukee, such as Greek, Scandinavian, and German. At the candy shop, you can buy penny candy, stick candy, and other old-fashioned favorites. Explore the two-story rain forest, and examine the levels of tropical life from the ground to the treetops. "Third Planet," complete with full-size dinosaurs, lets visitors walk into the Earth's interior to learn about its history. Butterflies fly free in their own enclosed habitat, and visitors can walk among them. The museum also houses the Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater and the
Daniel M. Soref Planetarium 800 W. Wells St. 414/278–2700. www.mpm.edu. Museum $11, IMAX $8 ($10 feature films), Planetarium $8. Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. noon–5.