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Art In Milwaukee

Love the arts? So does Milwaukee!

Museum of Wisconsin Art
Enjoy unique art at one of the nation's leading museums

Art is everywhere in Milwaukee! Plan a day wandering the galleries of traditional art museums, take part in a free quarterly celebration of local art or enjoy a variety of public pieces and exhibitions.

Must-See Museums

Milwaukee Art Museum
Iconic building meets stunning collection. Watch the “wings” open at 10 a.m., flap at noon and close with the museum at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. on Friday). The newly renovated galleries display more than 2,500 pieces of art.

Museum of Wisconsin Art
One of the nation’s leading museums of regional art, located just north of Milwaukee in West Bend. Nearly 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art showcases the value, diversity and uniqueness of Wisconsin art and artists.

John Michael Kohler Art Center
Innovative explorations of contemporary American art in nearby Sheboygan. See something new with 30 changing exhibitions, make something in the free drop-in ARTery studio and definitely don’t skip the bathrooms – they’re works of art too.

Racine Art Museum
Home to North America’s largest and most significant contemporary craft collection. No gallery space is dedicated solely to the permanent collection, with changing exhibitions focused on ideas rather than mediums.

Unique Collections

Charles Allis Art Museum
A lavish Tudor-style home that now displays a permanent art collection that spans more than 2,000 years as well as changing exhibitions.

Haggerty Museum of Art
Ever-changing special exhibitions, featuring old masters, self-taught artists, modern American print-making and photography, contemporary art from around the world and more in this museum on the Marquette University Campus.

Grohmann Museum
The world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to all forms of human work from Medieval times to the present. Located inside a renovated automobile dealership, a magnificent creation of concrete, glass and steel.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Fine and decorative arts inside a Italian Renaissance-style villa, including wrought iron pieces by Cyril Colnik, the “Tiffany of wrought iron masters.” The stunning, tiered formal garden looks out over Lake Michigan.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
Historic 1850’s farmstead in nearby Cedarburg displaying quilts, traditional needle arts and contemporary fiber arts. Classes & workshops help adults, beginner to advanced, explore fiber arts.

Galleries

David Barnett Gallery
Wisconsin’s oldest and largest art gallery. Art is packed from floor to ceiling – discover this visual treasure trove, specializing in European and American masters, regional and nationally recognized artists and emerging Wisconsin artists.

Morning Glory Gallery
Work from more than 50 Wisconsin artists creating one-of-a-kind fine crafts.

Outdoor Art

Lynden Sculpture Garden
Experience art in nature. More than 50 monumental sculptures are sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. There are no paths – interact with the work and the grounds as you choose. Open year round.

Black Cat Alley
Outdoor mural gallery transforming a two-block alley behind the Oriental Theatre on the city’s East Side into an arts destination. Artists from Milwaukee and around the world have created pieces of large-scale street art to visit and enjoy.

Sculpture Milwaukee (June 1 – October 22)
The world’s largest curated outdoor sculpture exhibit. Downtown thoroughfare Wisconsin Avenue is lined with more than 20 museum-quality sculptures during this annual selling exhibition.

RiverSculpture!
Outdoor gallery along the Milwaukee RiverWalk featuring 20 pieces ranging from small, whimsical sculptures such as Gertie, the world's most celebrated duck, to sizable and striking abstract works.

Art Events

Gallery Day & Night (Quarterly)
Free quarterly event that opens the doors to around fifty participating galleries and venues to experienced connoisseurs and newbie art admirers alike.

Lakefront Festival of Art (June)
Work from more than 170 national artists is available for sale on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, along with activities, food and entertainment.

Third Ward Art Festival (September)
Free art festival featuring more than 140 juried artists, including 36 Wisconsin artists. Fun for art enthusiasts of all ages.

Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair (August)
Art to wear and art for the home from 130+ Wisconsin artists and designers, hosted by the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council.

 

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