SPARK! Programs

SPARK! programs are designed for people in the early- to mid-stages of memory loss to visit with their family, caregivers, or group facility.

2017 SPARK! Conference
The 4th Annual SPARK! Conference (November 2-3, 2017) will provide a diverse offering of training focused on best practices for creative engagement through art, nature, and culture. The conference will feature nationally-recognized presenters and in-depth, hands-on sessions, which will include brain health, theater, art-making, grant writing, building community partnerships, and many others.

If you are a museum or medical professional looking for fresh and engaging activities to enhance programs for people with memory loss, this conference is for you!

Families & Care Partners
Family SPARK! programs are offered at 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 2:00 p.m. on the dates listed below on the Sunday SPARK! schedule. There is a 30-minute coffee social before each program for participants to become comfortable and socialize with peers before we begin. Families are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum after the program or visit the Café for lunch.

Groups & Care Partners
These programs are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and are offered to groups. The facility must provide enough staff to assist all attendees. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to use free of charge. Participants meet in the main concourse 10 minutes prior to the program after obtaining your wristbands at the reservation windows.

Space is limited and reservations are required by calling (414) 278-2714.

Learn more about what SPARK! has to offer through the video below:

Sunday SPARK! Schedule
Programs are offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Group and Care Partners: Please call 414-278-2714 to schedule Tuesday or Thursday dates.

January 15
Hidden Wisconsin: 
Discover the hidden secrets of our state as we venture into our latest temporary exhibit.

February 19
due to MPM’s Food & Froth Fundraiser.

March 19
Streets of Old Milwaukee:
Experience the life of a Milwaukeean at the turn of the century -- roughly the 1800s to just prior to World War I. Learn about daily life and local businesses and interact with several “mystery objects” that will leave us appreciating the technologies of today.

April 16
due to Easter weekend.

May 21
Visit MPM’s Asia exhibit and immerse yourself in the simple beauty and tranquility of Asian decorative arts as we learn about customs and celebrations.

June 18
Bugs ALIVE!:
Interact with live bugs from around the globe as we discuss habitats, survival, and natural adaptations. A trip into the live butterfly garden will provide a time to relax as we are surrounded by dozens of these beautiful creatures in flight.

July 16
Dome Theater Show:
Shows will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Title to be announced.

August 20
India Marketplace:
Experience the exciting culture of the market in Old Delhi, India through sight, sound, touch, and smell. We will also learn the secret skills of the snake charmer and discover why a boy is leading an elephant through the market.

Due to the Walk to End Alzheimer's happening on the same day, the September 17 SPARK! programs will be cancelled. Please register for the next weekend programs November 19.

There will be no program due to MPM's Gala.

November 19
Explore the many meanings of weaponry from the MPM’s vast collection. From the ingenious shark-tooth swords of Micronesia to the ornate daggers of Persia, learn about the people who have wielded them and how these profound inventions have shaped history. This exhibit is predominantly non-firearm.

December 17
Cultural Masks:
Discover the many different masks from around the world, how they were made, why different cultures wore them, and the celebrations connected to them.


Registration must be received at least three days in advance of your selected program(s). To register, please call 414-278-2714. Pre-registration required.

To learn more, contact Dawn Koceja at

Learn more about SPARK! programming and other partner Museums: Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin