Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

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#2 of 109 in Museums in Wisconsin
With over 40 galleries, Milwaukee Art Museum displays the work of artists ranging from self-taught folk geniuses to Pablo Picasso. Being itself an architectural landmark, famous for its moveable sunscreen in the shape of wings, that folds and unfolds twice daily, the museum has become an icon for Milwaukee. Apart from paintings, photographs, and video art, among many collections, you'll see Baroque and Renaissance furniture, tableware, and metalwork, as well as the best collection of German Renaissance clocks outside of Germany. The museum has some of the United States' finest collections of American decorative arts, Haitian art, and more. If you get hungry, take a peek at the menu in cafe Calatrava, with entrees inspired by the exhibition currently taking place. Arrange your visit to Milwaukee Art Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Milwaukee using our Milwaukee trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Is one of the highlights of the city, it's beautiful on the outside and amazing on the inside. Has a privileged location on the edge of the Lake and its exhibitions are not to be missed.
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  • Fun couple hours visiting paintings and exhibits. We spent a couple hours, but one could spend more, or even less. We liked the paintings the best, some of them are amazing giving their age. Right on ...  more »
  • Very nice museum the modern Wing is very impressive I went up to see it exhibit that's leaving in a couple of weeks and it was definitely worth the trip I'm from Chicago so I'm used to the Art Institu...  more »
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  • The Milwaukee Art Museum is a treasure! It is stunning inside and out. It offers a great view of the lake as well. The collections and permanent pieces are unique and diverse, and the staff is kind and courteous. It is a great way to spend a long morning or afternoon, especially in the cold winter! It is also very clean and was not over crowded when I visited.
  • A beautiful building with an amazing view of the lake! They get some very interesting exhibits - I always make a point of going when a new one comes to town. The gift shop is also very cute! Make sure to go on the first Thursday of the month as it's free to the public on these days! They also host a monthly event called MAM After Dark with live music and a different theme each time. A true gem of Milwaukee!
  • This place is awesome the building itself is a piece of art. They have a few art pieces from some of the most commonly heard of famous artists as permanent installations. They even have a section for hillbilly art all the way through to the most sophisticated art so they have a little bit of everything for everyone.
  • While this is a pretty unique museum, of the three times I have been there sadly enough I'm yet to see the wings in action. If this is why you are going good luck. Wind is a critical factor, "too windy" and they will not open them. Maybe they should have thought about that before building it at the lake front. I'm sure they could hire a capable engineer to fix the issue. Anyway, the wings supposedly open at 10am, noon, and before closing. The art within is nothing to brag about but they do have a several pieces worth looking at. Enjoy!
  • So much variety of art! I like how there's an audio guide for hundreds of artwork. I spend a lot of time exploring this place. The Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit was informative and also had audio guides. Staff was helpful. The only complaint I had was the parking wasn't free and could get pricey by the hour.

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Staying in the city center puts you right in the heart of the activity, and means you can take advantage of all the things to do in Milwaukee’s walkable downtown area. Options here include big chain hotels as well as quirky inns. Party animals should sacrifice some sleep to stay close to Milwaukee’s lively bar scene, centered around Water Street. Those who want a little more rest should consider a scenic resort in the greater Milwaukee area; many of these are within easy driving distance of the main attractions.
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