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How MPM 'Future Museum' architects captured Wisconsin's natural beauty

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Every week on Urban Spelunking, Radio Milwaukee’s Nate Imig and OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo dig into the buildings and architectural features that help retain the city’s sense of history while it builds for the future.

On this episode, we go right to the source: the architects and designers of the Milwaukee Public Museum's "Future Museum."

The striking new building is set to open in 2026 on the northeast corner of 6th Street and McKinley Avenue, adjacent to the Deer District, and draws inspiration from Wisconsin's natural beauty. It aims to explore the intersection of nature and culture both in its design and eventual exhibit content.

Bobby sat down with MPM Chief Planning Officer Katie Sanders, and architects Jarrett Pelletier of Ennead and Chris Ludwig of Kahler Slater to ask about the journey that led them to the Future Museum design.

We share our reaction to the exclusive interview — recorded remotely overseas — as well as the timetable for future exhibit announcements coming this spring.

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