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Milwaukee Art Museum
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Visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum

Where: 700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays Memorial Day through Labor Day, closed Mondays Labor Day through Memorial Day. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Cost: General admission is $15 adults; $12 seniors and students with ID. Admission is free for active members of the military and their families, Memorial Day through Labor Day, in conjunction with Blue Star Museums. Admission is also free (excluding groups) the first Thursday of every month, sponsored by Target.
Contact: (414) 224-3200 or mam@mam.org
Website: www.mam.org

The Milwaukee Art Museum is much more than just a pretty face. This iconic conglomeration of structures situated on the Milwaukee lakefront contains more than 20,000 works of art, collected over a period of 120 years. From its roots in Milwaukee’s first art gallery in 1888, the museum has grown to become a resource for the entire state.

Four floors of more than forty galleries feature rotating selections from the museum's extensive collection, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art by 15th- to 21st-century European and 17th- to 21st-century American artists. The Museum’s collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960 are among the best in the nation, and the museum also holds one of the largest collections of works by Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native Georgia O’Keeffe. The Milwaukee Art Museum also features a constant rotation of special traveling exhibitions.

The Milwaukee Art Museum contains 341,000 square feet of space, and includes the '50s-era War Memorial Center designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the 1975 Kahler Building by David Kahler, and the Quadracci Pavilion (containing the Burke Brise Soleil, the wing-like protrusions on the massive roof) created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2001.

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