Art in Milwaukee

Museums and Galleries

Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum houses more than 20,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary, including 15th to 20th century European & American painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, folk art, Haitian art and outsider art. A recent and significant addition to the museum is the new Quadracci Pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a museum of human and natural history that interprets the world's culture and natural heritage through collections, research, education and exhibits. The museum's research collections include over six million objects and specimens of which roughly 2% are on display as permanent exhibits. The exhibits are divided into regional and/or cultural units (e.g., Asia, Africa, European village, Pre-Columbian America, Temples, Tells, and Tombs [the ancient world]).

The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
The Haggerty Museum of Art's permanent collection includes works in all media ranging from Old Master paintings to 20th century and contemporary paintings. Past exhibits have included Surrealist images, Rodin's sculptures, and the Bible images of Marc Chagall, as well as innovative video dance installations.

Charles Allis Art Museum
An historic house museum (Tudor Revival) featuring period rooms with strengths in European and Asian decorative arts, Barbizon School painting, and 19th century American art. Email

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
An historic house museum and garden (Italian Villa Revival) with emphasis on furnishings and other decorative art from the 15th through 18th centuries, some historic paintings, and the Colnik Collection of metal work.

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
Home to Milwaukee's pioneer brewing family and five archbishops, this mansion at 2000 W. Wisconsin Avenue is being restored to its original splendor.

Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design,
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Innovative museum dedicated to the history and theory of advertising, graphic media, industrial design, art and commerce in general.

Institute of Visual Art (inova), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Exhibition and interpretation of emerging contemporary artists, one-person shows, global perspective.

UWM Union Art Gallery
The UWM Union Art Gallery is designed to accommodate exhibitions of art work, to act as a center for all areas of the visual and performing arts, and to support the growth of the fine arts community at UWM. It also provides an out-of-classroom learning experience for the university students and faculty as well as an outlet for the university and community to interact. The Union Art Gallery usually exhibits art created within the university community, but will not exclude national or regional exhibitions when these shows are created to stimulate the greatest possible interest for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and urban community.

Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art
Private foundation devoted to collection, display, and research.

Lynden Sculpture Garden
Considered one of the country's premier sculpture gardens, the Bradley property sets 55 works of three-dimensional art in 40 acres of little lakes, wooded paths, gardens and meadow. Henry Moore, Mark Di Suvero, Isamu Noguchi and Beverly Pepper are just a few of the internationally renowned artists represented in the collection.

Walker's Point Center for the Arts
Non-profit alternative artists space, educational & inter-arts programming, close ties to local Latino community.

Woodland Pattern Book Center
Interdisciplinary arts&exhibition programming. woodlandpattern.htm

Other Wisconsin Museums

John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)
Internationally recognized collections, programs, and residencies for arts & industry, contemporary art, folk and self-taught artists.

Museum of Wisconsin Art (West Bend, WI)
The Museum of Wisconsin Art is America's newest regional art museum housing the state's most comprehensive collection of Wisconsin art. Its Early Wisconsin Collection (1830-1960) is the finest anywhere and is complemented by the work of Milwaukee native and artist Carl von Marr (1858-1936). Contemporary in-state artists are regularly displayed through temporary exhibitions and the monthly One from Wisconsin solo exhibition series. MWA is located at 300 South Sixth Avenue, West Bend, WI. For more information, call 262-334-9638 or visit our website at

Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI)
The Racine Art Museum is one of the most significant contemporary craft museums in the United States, home to more than 5,000 objects in the permanent collection. Its focus is on work from internationally recognized artists in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood, as well as painting, sculpture and works on paper.

Rahr-West Art Museum (Manitowoc, WI)
The legacy of three Manitowoc families, Rahr-West has a collection of paintings and art objects that includes works by Wisconsin native Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella and others.


Milwaukee Architecture
Dr. Steve Reyer's image database of Milwaukee's architectural landmarks maintained by: Professor Steve Reyer of the Milwaukee School of Engineering

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