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Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum Review

While its history dates back to 1888, it was a 2001 addition that put this Midwest art museum on the must-see list for art lovers worldwide. Famed architect Santiago Calatrava designed the 142,050-square-foot Quadracci Pavilion, named for its primary benefactors. The main wow factor comes from the handcrafted movable sunscreen, titled "Burke Brise Soleil," which features "wings" that span as wide as a 747. Be sure to make it to see them open at 10 a.m. daily, flap at noon, or shut when the museum closes (the process takes about 3-1/2 minutes). Museum galleries are no less impressive, featuring four floors of more than 40 galleries of works that span the centuries and cover strong holdings of American decorative arts, 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, and one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O'Keeffe. Families can ask for a kids activity set, available for free every day.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Downtown Milwaukee, 53202
  • Phone: 414/224-3200
  • Cost: $15; children 12 and under free; students with ID, seniors 65 and up, and military $12; free for active military and families Memorial Day-Labor Day; free for all first Thu. of every month
  • Hours: Open Mon.-Wed., Fri.-Sun. 10-5; Thu. 10-8; closed Mon. off-season
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  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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