Vibrant, world-renowned arts and exhibits inside an iconic cultural center in the heart of historic downtown De Pere, Wisconsin.

This is the Mulva Cultural Center.

IMPORTANT EXHIBIT UPDATE

 Sensory Sunday, happening Sunday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., will turn down the dinosaur sounds and bring up the lights in the exhibit hall for a less stimulating, more enjoyable experience. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at the Visitor Services Desk.

Exhibits

February 22-May 12

Grab a passport to Pangea and feel the thrill of standing next to giant moving dinosaurs from all over the world on a walk-through expedition for the whole family. Get up-close-and-personal with the most fascinating prehistoric creatures from the mighty T. Rex of North America to the giant amphibious Spinosaurus from Africa. At Dino Safari you can learn about cutting-edge research, see many varieties of animatronic dinosaurs and other exciting activities to immerse the whole family in the age of dinosaurs.

The Bricktionary: The ultimate LEGO® A-Z

June 6, 2024-September 2, 2024

Guests’ imaginations will run wild as they explore more than 150 custom-built LEGO® models, including some of the largest LEGO® creations ever built! Inspired by the book, The Bricktionary: the Ultimate A-Z of LEGO®, this exhibit showcases creations ranging from life-size animals to fashion and fantasy. Guests can even try their hand at making bricks inventions.

Sharks!

October 5, 2024-January 5, 2025

Enter the waters of these fascinating creatures, more than 450 million years old. Sharks, created by the Australian Museum, which saw record attendance in its debut showing. Guest will experience breathtaking shark models, learn about 180 shark species “swimming” in an immersive setting, view shark artifacts, view displays about Indigenous cultures connections with sharks and the impact climate change has had on shark habitats. The Mulva Cultural Center is one of only four U.S. stops for the Sharks exhibit.

Education Opportunities

Workshop – REXtra-Large Origami 

Date: May 4 and May 5, 2024 (two-day workshop) 

Time: May 4: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and May 5: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Participants: 10 

Cost: $90 

Description: Join us for a unique two-day origami workshop to fold the king of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex! NY-based origami artist, Talo Kawasaki, will show you how to fold a REXtra-Large two-piece version to take home. And afterwards, you will join a group to fold even larger ones, using 9ft paper, to be displayed at the center. (Having origami experience for this workshop is highly recommended.) 

Artist Bio: Talo Kawasaki 

Talo Kawasaki is a Brooklyn, NY-based artist and educator whose passion for origami blossomed from a pastime to a serious discipline involving teaching in schools, museums, and conferences; creating published origami models; and producing art with his paper folding as a designer for the American Museum of Natural History’s Origami Holiday Tree; as a “wrangler” for show props for regional productions of Rajiv Joseph’s play “Animals Out of Paper”; and a solo exhibition of painted origami. 

Class – Wine and Abstract Art  

Date: May 16, 2024 

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Cost: $50 

Description: Inspired by the artistic philosophy of Wassily Kandinsky, the focus of the class is on translating emotions, tastes, and sounds onto a canvas. Each participant leaves with a distinct abstract painting while sparking engaging discussions on individual art perspectives. One drink ticket is included, and dinner is available for purchase! 

Workshop – Codex Coptic Stitch Bookbinding   

Date: May 30, 2024 

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Participants: 12 

Cost: $25 

Description: Bookbinding can take many forms, but the best-known in the Western world is the codex. This is the classic book form many of us grew up with, involving a stack of paper housed inside a hard or soft cover. In this class, students learn how to sew the inner book block (pages) with a Coptic stitch and build a hardcover with an open spine. Participants will use common bookmaking tools and materials to construct their own unique blank journal. 

Artist Bio: Michelle Sharp 

Michelle Sharp (b. 1992) is an artist and adventurer born and raised in Tarkio, Missouri. Working primarily with photography and bookmaking media, she finds inspiration in the mundane, the acts of sharing and discovery, literature, and structured systems. Michelle received a BFA with honors from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2015; her major was Photography with minors in Writing and Science. Michelle currently lives in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin. 

Michelle has shown work in various online exhibitions, such as Lenscratch and F-Stop Magazine, as well as Milwaukee galleries such as Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, The Portrait Society Gallery, and Gallerie M. Her photographs have been featured in the 2014 Best of College and High School Photography publication by Photographer’s Forum, and various independent publications.  Michelle’s zines and other book works can be found in collections at the University of Milwaukee Special Collections Library and The Athens Zine Bibliotheque. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at The Art Garage in Green Bay, Arts Connective in De Pere, and through community art projects with The Building for Kids Children’s Museum and the Waupaca Arts Hub. Michelle regularly has essays published in fsm., an arts review journal and publishing platform covering contemporary arts in the Greater Fox River Valley of Wisconsin. 

Upcoming Events

Music in the Atrium

Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Mulva Cultural Center atrium filled with wonderful piano music.

  • Sat., April 27 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters
  • Sat., May 18 (1-3 p.m.) Pianist Heather Roberts

Second Saturday Selections –The Mulva Cultural Center’s Second Saturday Selections are free drop-in activities for everyone! A new project or activity will be featured each month, inspired by the themes in our exhibits or films.

Origami Folds for Mom 

Date: May 11, 2024 

Time: 12:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free 

Description: Discover the art of origami with us! Swing by any time between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and unlock the secrets of two enchanting basic folds. Craft your very own origami bird or flower and explore your creative potential. Best of all, this activity is free and perfect for beginners. It also makes a perfect DIY gift for mom. Don’t miss this chance to dive into the world of origami – join us for a delightful experience!