The Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. From its roots in Milwaukee’s first art gallery in 1888, the Museum has grown today to be an icon for Milwaukee and a resource for the entire state, with 30,000 works of art and 400,000+ visitors a year. The 341,000-square-foot Museum includes the War Memorial Center (1957) designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the Kahler Building (1975) by David Kahler, and the Quadracci Pavilion (2001) created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Central to the Museum’s mission is its role as a premier educational resource, with educational programs that are among the largest in the nation, involving classes, tours, and a full calendar of events for all ages.
With excellent ratings and reviews, it's generally agreed that this museum is very much worth a visit. On tripadvisor.com, for example, here are a few comments which are typical of many: "This is always an interesting place to visit. The museum itself is amazing to behold from the inside and outside"; "The Quadracci Pavilion by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, alone is worth the visit. The building is breath taking and could easily be the most memorable object that you'll see here"; "The Milwaukee Art Museum is a must-see when visiting Milwaukee. Even if you don't have time (or interest) in seeing the actual exhibits, you must come inside the building to see the unique architecture and views of the lake. However, there is a nice collection and traveling exhibits, so I definitely recommend sticking around." The positive sentiment is overwhelming for the Milwaukee Art Museum, and for good reason.
Four floors of over forty galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the Museum’s far-reaching Collection. Included in the Collection are 15th– to 20th–century European and 17th– to 20th–century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art. Among the best in the nation are the Museum’s holding of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. The Museum also holds one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe. Important artists represented include Nardo di Cione, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Jóan Miro, Mark Rothko, Robert Gober, and Andy Warhol.
With various traveling exhibits and events which also come and go, there's always a good reason to visit this fine Milwaukee attraction time after time. If you are an art lover then make sure you have a whole day, as there is so much that will take your interest here.