Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

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#2 of 107 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. Using our world travel planner, Milwaukee attractions like Milwaukee Art Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We had read about the Museum, we were told about the museum but until you go to the Museum you will never be able to appreciate the architecture, the space and the place. This is new Milwaukee and no ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    walking to the lake is an easy trip to the art museum. There are cafes with reasonable priced menus & beautiful setting along the lake. There is enough space with in the building so you don't feel cra...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I did not visit the Museum, only the entrance, absolutely wonderful. Spectacular sailing of Calatrava, deserves to be seen when you open at 10 in the morning.
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  • June 10, 2017
    Lovely, modern museum with convenient parking, handicapped friendly. Beautiful interior, helpful guides and info desk. Friendly gift shop with wide selection of gift items. Deli shop with tasty sandwich, salad combos. Good coffee. Overall wonderful museum in a waterside location with great views.
  • July 8, 2017
    Wonderful experience. Thank you Brittany for being so friendly and helpful. The building is must see inside and out, at 12 pm wings closing and opening again, life music playing at 12:15 inside. Exposition modern in majority. I found art on the first floor is very interesting.
  • June 29, 2017
    Among the top best art museums. People don't necessarily think of Milwaukee being a CULTURAL PLACE, but they would be wrong. So many wonderful things to see n do. AS a BROKER / AGENT my gift to my clients is a tour of the landmark buildings of which there are many, as well as Wright's homes n buildings.
  • June 26, 2017
    Went to the Art Museum today with my kids ages 9, 7, and 4. As soon as we got there the security guard followed us around as if my children were going to ruin all the artwork. Made us feel SO uncomfortable. One security in guards in particular followed us around to make sure my kids weren't misbehaving. So disappointed so we quickly rushed through the first floor. Besides that, all the artwork was beautiful and we had a great experience in the Cafe, the kids room, and another security guard on the 2nd floor was a pleasure. At least he seemed to understand it was supposed to be a kid friendly experience. I don't think I will ever take them back there.
  • June 6, 2017
    I did Saturday morning yoga here and WOW!!! The sunrise, the views, and the instructor were all incredible. I was with a large group and the instructor still had time to correct my position several times. The venue was gorgeous and I would love to do it again!

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