Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

Global Kitchen:
Food, Nature, Culture

Travelling Tour by American Museum of Natural History



Learning tour to Milwaukee Public Museum to view a special traveling exhibit, one that explores the complex food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating, the Global Kitchen exhibition illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world.

It examines the intersection of food, nature, culture, health, and history—and considers some of the most challenging food issues of our time. Included inside the exhibit is a demonstration kitchen which offers cooking demonstrations and samples of local delicacies. The demo kitchen’s theme on June 1 is springtime fruits and vegetables of Wisconsin.

Members of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, Culinary Historians of Chicago and the Greater Midwestern Foodways Alliance are also visiting the Global Kitchen exhibition on June 1. Here’s a chance to get to know fellow food history enthusiasts from around our region!

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Wisconsin Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Cost: $7 for the exhibit (possibly $5 more, if we can get a tour for us)
First Thursday of the month is free general admission courtesy of Kohl’s ($18 value)


We’ll aim to arrive at 9:30 am on Thursday, June 1. (Note: The Museum opens at 9 am.) Please plan to pay for and tour the exhibit as individuals that day (no group tours are offered), but we’ll be there at the same time so that we can enjoy it together, and share observations with each other as we go along.

As we finish the exhibit, those who care to will gather in the Museum Café (ground level) to further discuss what we’ve seen, and to enjoy snacks or lunch at the café.

Available tour for an extra fee:

MPM Exposed: Secrets of Sustenance Tour

Who loves food?! We certainly do! Join us on this Adults Only exhibit tour to learn about ancient food-ways, the miracle of fermentation, and why chocolate makes us feel happy. Hear stories and play games in our exhibits to learn about the history and science behind your favorite foods and beverages.

Thursday, June 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person plus Museum general admission; $3 MPM members
Duration: 2 hours

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 414-278-2728 or at the Museum. If you require accessibility accommodations, please contact our Accessibility Coordinator at 414-278-6943.

For more info about the exhibit visit:

This program is co-hosted with the Greater Midwest Foodways. To reserve, please e-mail: or call 847-432-8255.


If you’re interested in carpooling for this field trip, call 847/432-8255 or email with include your address. We will not arrange rides for you, but we will connect people who want to carpool with others. Of course, you’re free and encouraged to arrange your own carpool, too!


From the North

Go south on I-43. Take the Highland Ave exit ramp. Turn left onto State St. Turn right on James Lovell St. Parking structure will be on your immediate right.

From the South

Go north on I-94/43. Take Exit 72A toward Michigan St./10th St. Continue straight on 10th street. Turn right onto Wells St. Turn left onto James Lovell St. Parking structure will be on your left.

From the West

Go east on I-94. Go past exits for Green Bay and Chicago. Exit 1H James Lovell St. Veer left on to James Lovell St. Go north 3 blocks. Parking structure will be on your left.


There are metered spaces available on most downtown streets. Meters are free on Sundays. There are also several municipal lots near MPM, including MacArthur Square parking structure which is adjacent to the Museum and is accessible via James Lovell Street. The parking structure includes an entrance to the Museum on the ground level, eliminating the need to walk outside. Members receive a discount when visiting the Museum (this $5 flat-rate is for MPM members only — get your ticket validated at Member Services). For more parking options and maps, visit The Milwaukee Public Museum is also fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Access by Amtrak, Greyhound Bus and MegaBus

The Museum is located just a little more than a half-mile from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, the city hub for Amtrak, Greyhound and Megabus. Print the PDF located under the map on this page to find an easy walking route to MPM from this station. Visit or call 1-800-USA-RAIL for Amtrak fare and schedule information. Visit or call 414-272-2156 or toll-free at 800-231-2222 for Greyhound fare and schedule information. Visit MegaBus at

Amtrak roundtrip tickets: Adult $25-$35, Seniors $21.25-$29.75

Amtrak: Chicago to Milwaukee
June 1, Hiawatha 329, Leaving 6:10 am, Arriving 7:39 am
June 1, Hiawatha 331, Leaving 8:25 am, Arriving 9:54 am

Amtrak: Milwaukee to Chicago
June 1, Hiawatha 336, Leaving 1:00 pm, Arriving 2:29 pm
June 1, Hiawatha 338, Leaving 3:00 pm, Arriving 4:29 pm
June 1, Hiawatha 340, Leaving 5:45 pm, Arriving 7:14 pm
June 1, Hiawatha 342, Leaving 7:35 pm, Arriving 9:04 pm

MegaBus roundtrip tickets: Adult $10-$20 or more.

MegaBus: Chicago to Milwaukee,
Located at: W Polk St. between S Clinton St and S Canal St
June 1, Leaving 7:20 am, Arriving 9:45 am

MegaBus: Milwaukee to Chicago
June 1, Leaving 4:00 pm, Arriving 6:50 pm
June 1, Leaving 7:10 pm, Arriving 9:00 pm

Greyhound roundtrip tickets: Adult $21-$37, Seniors $21.25-$29.75

Greyhound: Chicago to Milwaukee
June 1, Leaving 6:15 am, Arriving 8:35 am
June 1, Leaving 5:45 am, Arriving 10:45 am

Greyhound: Milwaukee to Chicago
June 1, Leaving 1:20 pm, Arriving 3:15 pm
June 1, Leaving 3:30 pm, Arriving 5:25 pm
June 1, Leaving 4:45 pm, Arriving 6:40 pm
June 1, Leaving 7:00 pm, Arriving 8:55 pm

Access by Milwaukee County Transit System
The Museum is at the intersection of West Well Street and North James Lovell Street (7th Street). Several buses also stop a block or two from the Museum on Wisconsin Avenue, which is a block south of West Wells Street. If riding on Wisconsin Avenue, get off at the stop nearest North James Lovell Street (7th Street).

Visit for schedules, routes and fares or call MCTS at 414-344-6711; TTY for Hearing Impaired 414-937-3299, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day.