Milwaukee is a great city in Wisconsin, near the Great Lakes and sometimes it can be a bit overlooked as a vacation destination. At Select Registry, we love to shed a little light on places you might not have thought of for your next vacation and there are so many great Wisconsin b&b's to be found! There’s no shortage of art, cultural activities, and dining in Milwaukee if you know where to look for it, making it the perfect place to take a vacation. One place that should absolutely be on your travel itinerary is the Milwaukee Art Museum. This renowned museum is home to an impressive permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and special events and educational opportunities. Take a look at what you might experience when you visit the Milwaukee Art Museum.
A Bit About the Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum started as the city’s first art gallery in 1888, coinciding with the formation of the Milwaukee Art Association. The Milwaukee Art Museum as we know it today is the result of the joining of the original Milwaukee Art Institute and Layton Art Gallery, an adjacent gallery endowed by Frederick Layton.
Milwaukee Art Musuem Permanent Collection
There are more than 35,000 artworks in the museum’s permanent collection. The museum houses these works on more four floors and more than forty galleries. Notable European and American artists are showcased with prints, paintings, sculpture, drawings, decorative arts, furniture, and photographs. Artists represented in the collection include: Frank Lloyd Wright, Pablo Picasso, Francisco de Zurbaran, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, and many more. Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe is also represented with one of the largest collections of her works in the world.
Along with the great permanent collection, the museum plays host to traveling and temporary exhibitions regularly. The Milwaukee Art Museum exhibits have included world renowned and historically significant artists. The current featured exhibit is Kandinsky: A Retrospective. Kandinsky was a master and pioneer of modern art. See a variety of his works as his career and sensibilities progressed. A must-see for modern art enthusiasts.
There are many regularly scheduled classes, lectures, and events offered at the Milwaukee Art Museum as well as one-time special events you can take part in. These include film and music series, an “after dark” program that takes place after closing, children’s education, yoga classes, story time, special tours, and more.
If you want to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum and explore the city, you should book your stay at the Washington House Inn Bed & Breakfast in nearby Cedarburg. Along with being near all the sights and sounds of the bigger city of Milwaukee, the Inn is set in an historic downtown with shops, a winery, pubs and restaurants. It’s housed in a charming and historical Victorian city brick building that dates back to 1886. The Inn has all of the amenities you’ll need for a pampered and refreshing Select Registry getaway to Wisconsin.
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