Pop-up anything is a huge trend right now, from restaurants to stores to art galleries.  The idea is to open up a temporary location and to gain some attention for a brand without incurring the expenses of a typical brick and mortar business.

The Milwaukee Public Museum has jumped on the pop-up bandwagon, periodically traveling around the area and popping up with what MPM describes as “a small, temporary exhibit created by the community, showcasing objects and stories that fit a theme.”

These events invite community involvement, asking participants to bring their own artifacts, treasures and stories to share.  As such, it’s a great way to teach kids that history isn’t just something that happened a long time ago, and that culture isn’t just something from far away.  It’s made up of all of us and our own experiences.  Yes, even kids have artifacts!

The Milwaukee Public Museum has two pop-up museums ready to make their appearance in September.

On September 29, guests will be invited to participate in a “made in Wisconsin” pop-up museum at the Fresh Thyme farmers market at 470 E. Pleasant St. from 4 to 8 p.m. Just bring anything hanging around your house that was made in Wisconsin!

There's also an October 9 pop-up museum at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme for that one is "Changing Seasons", and guests are encouraged to bring stories, souvenirs, artifacts, or pictures that show off how families celebrate the changing seasons.

For more information on the pop-up museums, visit MPM's website.

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