Milwaukee Public Museum Finds Inspiration at The Ridges

A group of globally-renowned exhibit designers and architects found inspiration at the Ridges Sanctuary. The team selected to advance plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum’s new building got a crash course on Wisconsin — and its abundant natural and cultural assets — as they joined MPM leadership for a statewide tour.

As design plans for the new museum begin to take shape, the design team drew inspiration and understanding from visits to places like the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Crex Meadows Wildlife Center, Frog Bay National Park, Potawatomi Cultural Center and Tower Hill State Park.

“The Ridges Sanctuary was my favorite stop on the tour,” said Oronde Wright, Senior Exhibit Designer at Thinc Design. “It was incredible to see such a unique formation holding water and all matter of plants and animals.”
Teams from Kahler Slater, and New York-based Thinc Design and Ennead Architects sought inspiration from across the state as they embark on planning for the new museum project.

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