Milwaukee Art Museum

#3 in Best Things To Do in Milwaukee
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700 N. Art Museum Drive

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This art museum, located in downtown Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, gets more praise for its buildings (there are three) than the art it contains. And that's because the Milwaukee Art Museum looks futuristic with its gleaming white suspension bridge, 90-foot vaulted glass ceiling and cantilevered wings. Just make sure to visit on a calm, sunny day. According to past visitors, the Quadracci Pavilion's wings (the Burke Brise Soleil) won't open if it is raining or windy.

Inside, the art is also worth perusing. Within the 341,000-square-foot complex, visitors can browse 30,000 works of art, including one of the largest Georgia O'Keeffe collections in the world (she was a Wisconsin native).

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it offers extended hours on Thursdays. Admission is $17 for adults; $15 for students (with an ID), military personnel and seniors; and free for kids 12 and younger. In addition to the collection, visitors can also find restrooms, a museum store, a cafe, a coffee shop and a wine bar inside. For more information, visit the museum's official website.

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For those interested in the nitty-gritty of Harley bikes and history, consider paying an additional $4 per person for an audio headset. Prior visitors said the in-depth narration provided a superb detailed description of everything in the museum. (But if you don't feel like paying extra for a headset, the written explanations provided at each exhibit offer a wealth of excellent context, so you'll still learn plenty, according to previous travelers.)

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