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Beyond renderings: Butterflies, rainforest, rooftop terrace coming to MPM's Future Museum

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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.

Milwaukee Public Museum has unveiled the fifth and final set of renderings depicting its permanent exhibits at the Future Museum, showing the next steps for the beloved loved butterfly vivarium and rainforest exhibit. Both exhibits will make the move to the new space and take a new form, while a new rooftop plaza will extend visitors' immersion of the natural elements to the outdoors, Radio Milwaukee reported Tuesday.

Milwaukee Public Museum / Thinc Design

In a virtual press conference, museum officials showcased the renderings and shared specifics, including how fan favorites will translate to the new space, like "secret" buttons in the rainforest exhibit and the opportunity to interact with live butterflies.

On this week's podcast, Bobby and I react to the renderings and share what might be coming next after the slew of announcements this spring. Then, we hear directly from museum designers who spoke at the press conference.

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