Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

4.7
#2 of 159 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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  • My teenage daughter and I visited this museum as a stop on our way from Indianapolis to the Mall of America and it was a nice break. We had lunch at Cafe Calatrava (separate review) and spent a few ho...  more »
  • What an inspiring building it is, a huge flying whale. It has a very special atmosphere to remember. Strong recommendation.  more »
  • Saw the modernism exhibit and loved the experience. Beautiful building and great little cafe, too. Definitely will join.  more »
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  • What an amazing art museum! Much of the art is 3-dimensional, not just all 2-D paintings etc. Very well curated collections and spaces. One of the best art museums I've visited. Great location, with many places to sit and relax. Ample bathrooms and water fountains throughout.
  • MAM membership here is by far the best deal in Milwaukee. $65/individual for a year. Enrolled in mid-Jan '18, since then enjoyed 3 gallery visits and 1 free event for members. Included a free guest ticket as well, value $20. My investment is more than paid for... Membership includes all the special exhibits, which have been excellent. Works from international galleries are curated into the exhibit journey...such as Madrid in the current Homer exh. Creative, educational, introspectively designed...I'm hooked on MAM!!! Thank you to all those that make it happen, a gift to all attendees~♡
  • Wonderful art museum that rivals some of the best in the world in terms of quality. The temporary exhibits are always really interesting and the permanent exhibit is never boring to revisit. The design of the museum is understandably a point of pride. Milwaukee Art Museum at Night is a blast too; it helps to be of drinking age but there are activities for all. If you're looking for a fun afternoon, definitely visit this museum.
  • I really liked this museum. I went on a Friday afternoon so it wasn't too crowded, but I would imagine during the weekend or on holidays it would fill up more. As far as the artwork is concerned, it's very diverse from both the perspective of the time periods to the styles and medium. There was even a section with ornate furniture. I just wish I had more time to spend.
  • I was in awe the entire visit. I went with my family of 5 and no offense to them, I wish I went alone! I wanted to spend much more time viewing and studying the individual pieces. The variety of the artwork was amazing. This was my 1st visit and I only imagined pictures of artwork in the museum. I didn't realize, for some reason, that there would be furniture, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, and SO MUCH MORE ARTISTIC VARIETY! I was floored by the hallway featuring the artwork created by high school students. This place sparked my interest in art. I am in love! :-)
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