Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

4.7
#2 of 218 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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  • This museum fits right at home along the lakefront and walking trails. The architecture is amazing and the collection itself is also very varied, though not all of it is open right now due to COVID...  more »
  • This first class art museum has made every accommodation to keep visitors safe during the pandemic and still have a great experience. While only the first floor is open, they've added some great...  more »
  • From the outside and inside, the entrance of this museum is stunning. It looks like a futuristic yacht that might take off into the lake at any minute. Inside the sight lines frame Lake Michigan...  more »
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  • An art museum that is beautiful on the inside and out, with great views of the lake. A nice place to visit, even if you don't look at the art. There is a place in the museum you can but food and beverages like coffee, and then sit and look at the lake. Beautiful. Enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend.
  • Even the parking garage is beautiful. The layout is an absolute maze but I think given time may make sense. I loved the selection and size and staff. Being next to the lake with huge windows was a big bonus. Gorgeous museum. My only negative was walking into the cafe around half an hour before stated close to find it completely empty. I waited for a hostess or server but when none showed I headed out to eat elsewhere
  • The building itself is a work of art! You can see it from a long distance and it looks so atmospheric (especially at the night time)! The inside is as beautiful as the outside. And the art collection is really good as well! I loved the glass exhibition (not sure if it was temporary or permanent). It was totally worth the visit!
  • Fantastic place to visit. Just big enough, but not too overwhelming. On the water, with a very good cafe and enough variety in the art exhibits to keep you occupied all day. I visit each time I come to town! I love the beautiful white, clean architecture!
  • Went to the Lakefront Festival of the Arts at the Museum this weekend. The art show was fantastic. The amount of talented artist they bring in is truly amazing. Besides the artist you get access to the Museum and they have bands, beverages, food and activities for children. Our kids love it they have had experiences they will cherish. The artist are all in a covered tent on concrete so viewing and access is easy, even for my parents who also came. This is more than an art show.

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