Bobblehead Museum: A Must-See Milwaukee Gem for Kids

If you’re looking for something truly unique to do with the kids in Milwaukee, I’ve got just the spot for you – the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

The museum opened its doors in 2019 after local collectors Phil Sklar and Brad Novak realized they had amassed more than 3,000 bobbleheads.

Today, this museum stands out not only for its vast collection (the world’s largest!) but also for the engaging activities it offers for all ages.

Here’s a bullet-point guide to help you decide if a visit to this bobblehead paradise is the right adventure for your family:

Why Visit the Bobblehead Museum

  • A Vast Collection: With over 10,000 bobbleheads, some dating back to the 1800s, the museum boasts the world’s largest collection, covering sports, pop culture, and beyond. From local hero Giannis Antetokounmpo to old-school Home Alone characters, and even literary characters like Laura Ingall’s Wilder, you’ll find a Bobblehead that makes you smile.
  • Fun-Filled Scavenger Hunts: There are regularly updated scavenger hunts for all ages that encourage exploration and engagement, ensuring that visitors of all ages can enjoy the fun of discovering hidden gems among the thousands of bobbleheads. Ask the front desk for one. The best part? Everyone gets a prize!
  • Extras: Be sure to watch the short film they provide and peek at the timeline of Bobblehead History. You can also add an idea to their Suggestion Wall for what Bobblehead they should make next!
  • Easy on the Wallet: At $5/person, admission is reasonable, making it a cost-effective option for family entertainment in Milwaukee.
  • Penny Press Machine: Don’t miss the penny press machine where you can turn your pennies into one of three unique souvenir pennies. More affordable fun for kids!

Fun Fact: The museum uses a high-quality air filtration system to limit the dust, but their staff also spotted cleans the bobbleheads regularly.

Tips for Visiting

  • Location: Located in the Third Ward on the second floor above a burger and cozy Colectivo cafe, it’s perfectly situated for a full morning or afternoon out with the kids.
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot next to the entrance which is at the northeast corner of the building. Visitors can park in the angled parking spots which are reserved for visitors of 170 S. 1st St. There is also an abundance of non-metered street parking surrounding the building. There are also several paid parking garages in the Historic Third Ward which is a block north.
  • Time to Spend: Visitors often plan for a short visit and end up staying for hours, so allocate at least 1-2 hours for your visit to fully enjoy the museum.
  • Visit Planning: Considering the space can get crowded, especially with group visits, planning your visit during off-peak hours can provide a more relaxed experience.
  • Shop and Souvenirs: Don’t miss the gift shop for unique bobblehead souvenirs, whether you’re adding to your collection or looking for a special gift.
  • No Touching: Before you head out, talk to your kids about not touching the Bobbleheads so that everyone can enjoy them for years to come.

What Sets It Apart

  • Diverse Exhibits: Beyond sports, you’ll find bobbleheads of famous personalities, fictional characters, and even unique pieces that might surprise you.
  • Interactive and Fun: The museum’s approach to making learning fun through scavenger hunts and interactive displays is perfect for families looking to enjoy a day out with an educational twist.
  • A Piece of Pop Culture: This museum offers a fascinating insight into the quirky side of American culture and history through the lens of bobbleheads, making it a memorable visit for you and your kids.


Whether you’re a Milwaukee local or just passing through, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is a fun, educational, and downright interesting place that offers a break from the usual.

Whether you’re looking to fill a free afternoon or find a new spot to explore with the kids, it’s definitely worth a visit. So next time you’re brainstorming family outings, throw this one into the mix!

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