Family Vacations in Wisconsin

Family Vacations in Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum

© Milwaukee Art Museum/Tim Hursley The Milwaukee Art Museum in downtown Milwaukee overlooks Lake Michigan.

When you think of Milwaukee, beer, bratwurst, and Milwaukee Brewers baseball come to mind. But while some weren't looking, Milwaukee turned into a sophisticated city with an amazing, world-class art museum. In 1957, the Milwaukee Art Center opened its Eero Saarinen Building, named after the architect who designed it (he is also the acclaimed architect of the St. Louis Gateway Arch). The building itself is a work of art. It has a floating cruciform shape with four large wings that cantilever in space. The striking building has set the stage for the growth of the museum. It hosts a masterful collection of more than 20,000 works from ancient artifacts to modern masterpieces.

Works by Degas, Homer, Monet, O'Keeffe, Picasso, Rodin, Toulouse-Latrec, and Warhol are just some of the treasures. In 2001, the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava, was added to the building. The prominent pavilion has attracted attention worldwide, and no wonder: It has a light, lacy facade that curves like a sail, despite being built from 20,000 cubic yards of concrete. The addition features a 90-foot-high reception hall enclosed by the Burke Brise Soleil, a sunscreen that can be raised or lowered, making it a moving sculpture. The pavilion expanded gallery space by almost a third.

Milwaukee Art Museum Information

Address: 700 N. Art Museum Dr

Milwaukee, WI

Telephone: 414/224-3200

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed. - Mon., and until 8 p.m., Tue.

Admission: $8 adults; kids free

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