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The Milwaukee Art Museum had its origin in two institutions, the Layton Art Gallery , which was established in 1888, and the Milwaukee Art Institute, founded in the early 1900s. These two institutions joined forces in 1957 to form the private, nonprofit Milwaukee Art Center (now the Milwaukee Art Museum), and moved to its current lakefront location.
The Pettit National Ice Center is a U.S. Olympic Training Facility that supports the development of skating among people of all ages and abilities. The Center, through education and training helps develop amateur athletes for local, regional, national, and international competition in skating sports. In addition, it actively promotes to the general public, young and old, the mental and physical rewards of recreational skating.
Tour the Museum's 150,000 square feet of exhibit space to visit Africa, Asia, Europe, the Arctic, South and Middle America, the Pacific Island and a Costa Rican rainforest.
Take a small step back in time to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee and to ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Or, take a giant leap back more than 65 million years to The Third Planet, see the world's largest-known dinosaur skull and a life-sized replica of Tyrannosaurus rex.
Experience the Museum's permanent exhibit, The Puelicher Butterfly Wing, where you can stroll amid free-flying butterflies from around the world.
In 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst was finished, and was considered the jewel of Milwaukee's famous avenue of mansions called the Grand Avenue. At the time of its completion Captain Pabst was 57 years old and was an accomplished sea captain, beer baron, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts.
The Pabst Mansion is a testament to his success, his love of life and his German heritage. Boasting 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces, the Mansion helped make the 1890's the "Pabst Decade" in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee County Zoo is considered among the finest Zoos in the country. It is situated on 200 wooded acres and is home to approximately 2500 animals, representing 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates.
The Zoo celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1992. In 1882 the Zoo began as a miniature mammal and bird display located in Milwaukee's Washington Park. In 1958 the Zoo moved to it's current location and has grown to house its collection of exotic and endangered animals.