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Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee
(3.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a really neat place. You almost can't tell it exists from the road. Cool sculptures abound! Don't plan for this to take all day, in an hour or so we were done. 
  • Lynden Sculpture Garden is located in the suburb of Milwaukee, and is a great place for a walk, during which you can find over fifty different sculptures from the collection, take a walk in the fresh air and admire the beautiful natural scenery. Here defeated a beautiful private garden, where city dwellers and guests relax on the green grass, picnics and consider pretty interesting sculptures.
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  • This is a lovely outdoor sculpture garden and home to art and art installations. There are several sitting spaces to take in all this beauty. A great space for an event as well as they have catering a...  more »
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  • An idyllic setting filled with great art represented by world class sculptors such as Henry Moore. The whole garden can be surveyed in about an hour.
  • It's a really nice place to just walk around and relax but $9 per person is cost prohibitive to just come and hang out here often.
  • Really fun to wander around and check out all the sculptures! Truly a hidden gem