Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee

#10 of 12 in Parks in Milwaukee
The former home of Harry and Peg Bradley opened to the public in May 2010. The Lynden house and grounds were purchased by the Bradleys in 1927. They retained the Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau to transform the flat farmland, with its small farmhouse and barn, into an English country garden. The lake and rustic bridge spanning the water were designed to match Harry Bradley’s memories of the municipal grounds in Kansas City where he swam as a boy. In 1962, Peg Bradley—already an experienced art collector—began collecting the contemporary monumental sculptures that secured Lynden’s international reputation. She collected actively until her death in 1978, often inviting artists to Lynden to site their works. The collection includes sculptures by Alexander Archipenko, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Clement Meadmore, Marta Pan, Tony Smith, Mark di Suvero and many others.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden is committed to promoting the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of art, sculpture and the environment through the exhibition of art and sculpture, educational experiences and connections with the community. Educational programming will focus on the intersection of art and nature, providing hands-on experiences that integrate Lynden’s collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of the site. In preparation for opening to the public, the house and a portion of the grounds have been transformed using sustainable building and landscaping practices.
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  • If you are looking for something a little different and happen to like sculpture, you will really enjoy the Lynden Sculpture Garden. The garden is almost 40 acres and was the estate of the late Harry ...  more »
  • The Lynden Sculpture Garden is a 40 acre outdoor sculpture park on the north side of Milwaukee. It is a hidden gem that has more than 50 sculptures and a scenic pond.  more »
  • The garden is gorgeous with a huge pond in the middle. There are sculptures scattered throughout the 40+ acres garden. This year they started a bonsai exhibit and we were lucky to see a bonsaist pruni...  more »
  • I enjoyed visiting this park. I paid about ten dollars to get in and the kind gent offered me a helpful map. I was sad to see a piece or two in disrepair, but some of the artist have passed away and it will take pricey restoration measures to rectify the situation. Tons of goose poop. It's and outdoor park, so wear proper gear. Nice quiet and peaceful. I went in September, so there were spots off limits that seem like it will quite enjoyable when they open for the summer (banzai garden)
  • Nice place to visit ! I will go back there soon!
  • Focus on modern art, could use better directions and labelling.
  • Great place. They had multiple activities that were fun for both children and adults.
  • The "sculptures " just aren't what I would classify as "art". It's random scraps of metal thrown together. I don't understand how or why it's considered to be a sculpture garden. But this is just my personal opinion and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? So if you're into, I guess you could call it modern, abstract kind of stuff, then you might enjoy checking it out.
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