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Published on October 30, 2018
Where to go: Milwaukee's top 4 museums to visit nowHarley-Davidson Museum. | Photo: Daniel C./Yelp

Looking to visit the top museums around? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best museums in Milwaukee, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list for locals and visitors alike. 

1. Harley-Davidson Museum

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Topping the list is the Harley-Davidson Museum. Located at 400 Canal St. in Menomonee River Valley, it is the highest rated museum in Milwaukee, boasting 4.5 stars out of 190 reviews on Yelp.

The museum examines the history, the construction, the detail and the different models of the Harley-Davidson brand. Current special exhibits include Taming the Road in Style, which covers everything from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of the Harley-Davidson Softail models; and the Panorama Display with over 10,000 photos of the brand throughout the years. Check out the website for a complete list of exhibits and more information. 

2. Milwaukee Public Museum

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Next up is the Milwaukee Public Museum, situated at 800 W. Wells St. With 4.5 stars out of 138 reviews on Yelp, the natural history museum has proven to be a local favorite. One of the largest museums in Milwaukee, it features collections on anthropology, botany, geology, history, photography and zoology. 

Exhibits include everything from the world's largest-known dinosaur skull to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee and European Village. Visit the website for more information. 

3. The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

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The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, located at 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the museum 4.5 stars out of 81 reviews.

This museum showcases the history of the Pabst family and the architectural feat of the mansion, which was completed in 1892. Rent out the mansion for a private event or stop by and tour the grounds and buy some souvenirs. Here's the website for more information. 

4. Chudnow Museum

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The Chudnow Museum is another much-loved go-to, with five stars out of 16 Yelp reviews. Head over to 839 N. 11th St. to see for yourself.

This nonprofit organization operates as a history museum in a historic building that displays the late Avrum Chudnow's extensive and eclectic collection of early 20th century Americana.

Exhibits include Grafman Grocery Store, depicting a typical, turn-of-the-century immigrant-run store; a speakeasy, which dives into the underground world of illegal alcohol sales during prohibition; and many more. Take a peek at the website for a full list of exhibits.