By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 08, 2021 at 8:31 AM

Milwaukee Public Museum will restart its monthly Kohl’s Thank You Thursday on March 18, offering free onsite admission to visitors that day.

Kohl’s, which has supported the free admission program at the museum on the first Thursday of every month since June 2015, also helped MPM provide online programming for students, teachers, families and others during the pandemic shutdown.

“We’re very grateful for Kohl’s support,” said Dr. Ellen Censky, museum president & CEO. “While we were closed, they were incredibly flexible allowing our funding to be moved to support virtual efforts.

“Now that we’re able to safely be together in-person, they are continuing to support us bringing people into the building to experience what MPM does best, a blend of authentic artifacts and specimens, immersive exhibits and creative and unique programming.”

While will be free, reserved time slots are required and can be made up to one week in advance online at or calling (414) 278-2728.

Watch for me to do a Facebook Live (via the OnMilwaukee Facebook page) museum walk on Thursday, March 18 from the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Visitor capacity will be limited and tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Safety measures, including timed entry, social distancing, a ban of food and beverages (besides bottled water), mandatory masking and one-way paths through exhibits, will also be in place.

During March’s the museum is offering fun dinosaur programming and activities at, which will continue to offer online resources for those who prefer virtual visits for now.

Kohl’s and its Kohl’s Cares merchandise program have supported the museum with more than $2 million since 2009.

More information on Kohl’s Thank You Thursday is at


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.