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Toll Free: 1-800-554-1448
Local Phone Number: 414-273-7222

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Located inside the Wisconsin Center
Inside main rotunda on First Floor
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

The Warehouse

The Warehouse features curated contemporary art exhibitions from our permanent collection. Located in the Guardian Building. Free and open to the public. More info at thewarehousemke.org.

1635 W. St. Paul Avenue
Milwaukee, WI • 53233
Toll-Free:(833) 252-0677
[email protected]
Hours of Operation

Mon., Wed., & Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and By Appointment

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Overview

The Warehouse is a 4,000 sq. ft exhibition space on the ground floor of the Guardian Fine Art Services building, a large five-story former factory and warehouse built in 1924 in Milwaukee's Design District. The building was purpose-renovated for art storage, fine art services, and exhibitions. Evidence of the building’s industrial past, such as concrete columns and floors remain while LED lighting, climate control, and moveable walls have been added making it ideal for art exhibitions. Private rooms for meetings and special events are available for rent. The Warehouse mounts curated exhibits of works from its permanent collection and other sources quarterly.

The permanent collection consists of 3,600 modern and contemporary works on paper, paintings, photography, and sculpture. Works on paper include artists such as Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Robert Rauschenberg. Photographs in the collection include works by Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, and Cindy Sherman. Built by private collectors Jan Serr and John Shannon, the collection is personal and based on their interests and experiences. Both residents of Wisconsin, Serr and Shannon include many notable Wisconsin artists in the collection including Warrington Colescott, John Colt, Ruth Grotenrath, and Schomer Lichtner. Their travels brought together works by contemporary Japanese, Mexican, and Indian artists. These concentrations include Anish Kapoor, Tsukioka Kogyo, and Diego Rivera.

The space is host to exhibitions, performances, and lectures and incorporates a wide range of educational programming and performances. The Warehouse collection is available for scholars, students, and art enthusiasts, and works are available for institutional loans. We are free and open to the public. Admission is made by appointment. Please contact us at (414) 252-0677 or [email protected] Often, same day appointments can be accommodated and off-street parking is available in our lot located on the east side of the building.

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Things You'll Find:

  1. Guardian’s 1635 Building was constructed in 1924 for the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company of Pittsburgh of steel-reinforced concrete and brick.
  2. Guardian’s 1635 Building was purpose-renovated in 2017 for fine art storage according to American Alliance of Museum guidelines.
  3. Guardian Fine Art Services is the ONLY art storage facility of its kind in Wisconsin.
  4. Jan Serr and John Shannon established The Warehouse museum to share their extensive fine art collection with the public.
  5. The Warehouse has over 3600 pieces of fine art in the permanent collection.

Onsite Amenities
& Features

  • ADA Compliant
  • WiFi Available
  • Motorcoach/Bus Parking
  • WiFi Available (Complimentary)
  • On-Site Parking
  • Free On-Site Parking
  • Family Friendly

Other
Information

  • Miles to Airport: 11.00
  • Miles to the Convention Center: 1.00
  • Price Range: Free
  • Total Number of Meeting Rooms: 4
  • Total Sq. Ft. Meeting Space: 5200
  • Sq. Ft. of Largest Meeting Room: 4000
  • Capacity of Largest Room Set Banquet Style: 50
  • Capacity of Largest Room Set Reception Style: 75
  • Capacity of Largest Room Set Conference Style: 50
  • Capacity of Largest Room Set Classroom Style: 75
  • Capacity of Largest Room Set Theater Style: 115
  • Ceiling Height: 11
  • Facility Classification: Event Venue

Facility Information

Property Value
NotesConference tables, banquet tables, cocktail tables, or lecture seating available. We can arrange for catering, or you can work directly with your favorite cater. Off-street parking in our private lot.
DescriptionGuardian Fine Art Services and The Warehouse are a creative option for meetings and special events. Enjoy curated exhibitions in The Warehouse while renting our private meeting and conference rooms located just down the hall.

Rooms Available

Room Name Total Sq. Ft.WidthLengthHeightReceptionTheaterBanquetClassroom
The Warehouse - Gallery Space 4000636311115115-75
Viewing Room A 40020201125121212
Viewing Room AB 80020401150252525
Viewing Room ABC 120020601175753636
Viewing Room B 40020201125121212
Viewing Room BC 80020401150252525
Viewing Room C 40020201125121212

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Menomonee River Valley

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