The Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and the Board of Directors of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (BBCM) recently voted to pursue an alliance that would enable the museums to colocate.
“While the details of the alliance between MPM and BBCM remain to be ironed out, this marks the first critical step in what will be a years-long process to create a space where our community can enjoy two world-class museums under one roof,” said Dr. Ellen Censky, President & CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “MPM has been working toward a new museum for several years now, and while we still need to finalize where that new museum will be located, we are thrilled that this alliance will enable Betty Brinn Children’s Museum to colocate in that space.”
The proposed alliance would enable the museums to remain two distinct entities, with Betty Brinn Children’s Museum being a tenant in a new, state-of-the-art building. MPM and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will both benefit from being located in a new, custom-built space.
“We could not be more excited as we look to the future and see all the potential that this alliance with the Milwaukee Public Museum will mean,” said Brian King, Executive Director of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. “Colocating these two organizations will benefit our community by providing an even richer, more diversified museum experience for visitors of all ages, and making the visitor experience easier for families throughout Wisconsin.”
This milestone comes after months of exploration and discussion with museum leadership, community stakeholders and potential donors. It represents a collaboration between two organizations that have held formative roles in education in Wisconsin for decades and it enhances the ability of both organizations to further their individual missions.
In the coming days and weeks, leadership from both organizations will come together to determine the details of the alliance and to envision how it can further strengthen both organizations’ abilities to inspire curiosity and learning for those in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and beyond. In the meantime, additional information about how and why MPM and BBCM are pursuing a partnership is available at mpm.edu/alliance.