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Arts & Museums
Late artist and alumni of Art Institute of Chicago, Mary Nohl used her backyard as an art gallery to display her concrete creations. Dotting the garden are eccentric sculptures and statues of figurines and fauna. This whimsical art gave her beachside home the nickname “the Witch’s House” and received opposition and demolition threats. In 2005, however, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The state-of-the-art Harley-Davidson Museum is heaven for motorcycle enthusiasts. The museum spans two floors and it traces the company's history from the creation of the first bike to the empire it has become. The rooms include historical facts, details on the evolution of motorcycle engines and the history of female riders. There are also many restored bikes on display as well as customized bikes. There is even a section featuring Harley Davidson's presence in film and TV. The museum is highly enjoyable, even for those who are not necessarily interested in motorcycles. There is also a gift shop and cafe.
Located in the bedroom community of Waukesha just west of Milwaukee, River's End Gallery showcases sculpture, prints, jewelery, ceramics and traditional oil paintings. The space is 3,500 square feet and it primarily highlights artists within Wisconsin, however you will see some pieces by international and national artists as well. There is another location in Elm Grove and it has many of the same objets d'art.
More than a century old, this mansion still stands as a testament to the the beer magnate and his subsequent legacy. Opened to the public in 1978 after extensive renovations, it remains one of the finest residences in the city and no cost or innovation would be spared in its redesign. The whole mansion had electricity and plumbing for nine bathrooms when it was built in 1892, a major architectural triumph. Today it has a state-of-the-art heating system which regulates the heat in the mansion with 16 thermostats and custom-built furniture for the majority of its rooms. Now a major tourist attraction, the mansion can also be rented for weddings, business conferences and other events.
This small museum located on 11th St. in the former home of Avrum Chudnow is a veritable time-machine that takes you to 1920's Milwaukee. Visitors will find all types of anachronistic Americana from the Roaring Twenties inside this small house. The museum is segmented into different 'stores' some of which include a grocery, shoe cobbler, movie palace, barbershop and even a speakeasy! The replica shops are extremely authentic and they preserve a small slice of Milwaukee as it was almost a century ago.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a huge complex devoted to natural history and anthropology. It also houses an IMAX theater and Planetarium. The museum, which originally opened in 1882, houses over six million specimens and spans three floors. The exhibits cover all seven continents and trace the origins of early civilizations. The sections devoted to the dinosaurs, to Native American history and to the history of Milwaukee are especially interesting. One other highlight is the butterfly garden, where children and adults alike will be delighted to find a room full of live butterflies!
The Haggerty Museum of Art, located on the campus of Marquette University, features thousands of works from both old masters and well as contemporary artists. The collection includes works for such famous artists as Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Keith Haring. This museum is definitely worth a visit, but check their website ahead of time as the museum is currently closed for maintenance.
The Grohmann Museum is located on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and truly is one of a kind. Opened in 2007, this museum features a comprehensive collection of art tracing the evolution of men and women in the American workplace. The museum has three floors that feature various exhibits on labor and a roof-top sculpture garden. The museum was named for Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, an avid collector who donated most of the museum's items.
It was in one of the 19th century Paris salons where Théophile Gautier coined the phrase 'l'art pour l'art' (art for art's sake), and his ethos seems to be emulated well here at this gallery. Gallery curator John Riepenhoff started this small space with the idea that anyone is inherently an artist. His first exhibition was a piece on 'for sale' signs made by a linguistics student from Japan and since then he has presented art made by the people for the people. The space functions as a place to screen films, show products and highlight other art events.
The Charles Allis Decorative Art Museum was designed in 1911 and is still a prominent cultural institution to this day. The collection features fine and decorative art from all over the world. Highlights of the collection include 19th century French paintings, Renaissance bronze and the beautiful collection of antique furnishings.
The Milwaukee Jewish Museum aims to preserve the history of the Jewish people, from the earliest written histories to the Diaspora, this museum displays highly integrative and innovative exhibits. Some highlights include the history of Jews in Milwaukee, rotating exhibits that feature influential Jewish figures such as legal scholar Louis Brandeis or pop artist Andy Warhol and other interesting events like Jewish Singles Night. Check website for event calendar and present exhibitions.
In 1924, this stately mansion was constructed upon the design of a villa in Lombardy, Italy and it provides a magnificent choice to place a museum. The Smith family privately owned the property for more than four decades, then it was given to the city of Milwaukee in 1966. Over the subsequent decade, it was converted into a museum. Since then, it has become the premier institution for decorative arts and rotating exhibits that feature local students and artists. The famous wrought iron master Cyril Colnik's work is displayed inside alongside a replica workshop where he worked. The workshop is a special highlight that features how this man created such beautiful objects with this difficult element. Additionally, the Villa Terrace allows guests to rent one of the event spaces which include the surrounding gardens. In fact, this place is one of the most popular spots in the city for weddings because of the lush foliage, Lake Michigan background and European flair.