Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

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700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202

The basics

Highlights of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s 40 galleries include works by Monet, Picasso, and Warhol. You’ll also find a massive collection of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work; even though she’s known for her New Mexico landscapes, the famous painter was born in Wisconsin. Outside, there's a white structure reminiscent of a ship, with masts and sails emerging from its top and rear. The facility on Lake Michigan was designed by three famous architects: Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava.

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Things to know before you go

  • Bring your headphones and smartphone to use the museum’s free audio guides.

  • The museum is four levels and wheelchair-accessible. Manually operated wheelchairs are available from the admissions desk.

  • Café Calatrava, on the ground level, is a fantastic spot for Mediterranean-inspired fare and great views of the water.

  • Photography for personal use is encouraged; just don’t use that flash or your selfie stick.

  • Catch the Burke Brise Soleil (aka the museum’s exterior “wings”) opening and closing at noon, weather permitting.

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How to get there

If you’re driving, park in the museum’s underground parking garage (for a fee). If you’re walking, the main entrance on Art Museum Drive is accessible from the pedestrian-only Reiman Bridge, which connects to downtown. The cafe entrance is on the Oak Leaf Trail.

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When to get there

The Milwaukee Art Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you want to see the museum “set sail,” the wings open and close when the museum opens and closes, and at noon. And though the museum is certainly a year-round venture, it’s nice to visit during sunny weather, so you can spend some time exploring the grounds as well.

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Where to get the best photos of the museum

For a picturesque journey to the museum, start at the Mark di Suvero sculpture, just west of the Reiman Pedestrian Bridge. As you move toward and over the water, you’ll get the best view of the Burke Brise Soleil (again, the museum’s “wings”), which makes for a great photo. Or reverse this trip, and take the bridge right into downtown Milwaukee.

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