What is Milwaukee's cultural scene like?

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Milwaukee’s cultural scene is booming, thanks to a broad array of performance venues and museums — surprisingly robust considering the city’s small size. In downtown Milwaukee, you’ll find the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts Broadway and off-Broadway shows; the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where you can catch drama and cabaret; and the landmark Pabst Theater for live music from nationally touring bands, dance and more. The city also has its own ballet (Milwaukee Ballet) and orchestra (Milwaukee Symphony), plus other smaller theaters and companies that perform at the Marcus Center.

There are also the museums, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, which has attracted global attention for its Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and the Milwaukee Public Museum, a natural history museum. And while "Harley-Davidson" and "cultured" might not normally go hand-in-hand, the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum is quite impressive, both for gearheads and art and design geeks.

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