Day Trip: Milwaukee Art Museum

If you haven’t visited the breathtaking Milwaukee Art Museum, which was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, I highly recommend that you check it out. Although I’ve lived in Illinois for most of my life, I’d never actually visited Milwaukee proper. Prior to my recent visit, I couldn’t understand why one would bother to make the trip. What would be the point? With plenty of culture, shopping and lots of action, Chicago has it all, right? Well, not really. Not if you like hills, of which Milwaukee has plenty. Not to mention the historic architecture, new downtown loft developments and the friendly populace. On the way out of town, we popped into the indoor public market, where there was no shortage of tasty treats. We left Chicago around 1 or 1:30 p.m. and were back in Chicago by 7:00. Not a bad day trip.





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12 Responses to “Day Trip: Milwaukee Art Museum”

  1. Unbelievable.

  2. Inspiring, great view of the lake, and I’m sure it has terrific art too. (If there only were a “safe” way to photograph fine art…).

    Which other architects were in the bidding against the renowned Calatrava to design and build this space?

    I recently took a similar trip to Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario to see a major exhibit of Chagall and other Russian artists; I will send along my digital “photo essay” to you, Tate, and would appreciate your comments. The AGO as it is known, just had a major reconstruction, finished in 2010.

  3. I have been to some of the most spectacular exhibits there, most memorably the Degas Sculpture and Biedermeier exhibits, and your blog has reminded me to keep tabs on what’s happening there so I don’t miss out!

  4. Tate- I love these photos. The museum is really as beautiful as the images. Milwaukee is especially fun in the summer….lots of great music fairs, antiquing and dining. I used to feel like Chicago was superior but in recent years Milwaukee has made some great strides.

  5. Worth the trip. I agree that the building itself and the space are great reasons to visit. Last fabulous exhibit I remember having seen there was of Francis Bacon’s work.

    If you want to venture out of the museum, the Pabst mansion tour is a good stop as well (you need something beer-related if visiting Milwaukee of course).

  6. Oh, wow. This looks fabulous. Will be heading there soon.

    Curious. Where was the market you mentioned?

  7. Matt Morrison 20. Jan, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Nice. The photos are great. I read your blog on the reg, keep it up.


  8. Heather Hancock 30. Jan, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    hey. great pix of that amazing space+light. next time you go (preferably on a balmy summer day) make sure you stroll the river walk. there is public art everywhere!!! v cool. clearly a city committed to enriching their shared spaces.

  9. I love, love, love the MAM! I even love the original Saarinen building. They have a great collection of folk/outsider art and their special exhibits are always interesting. Did they still have the photos of all the contraband items confiscated from customs up while you were there? I thought that was a really interesting exhibit. And, no visit to Milwaukee should be considered complete without a trip to the Art Bar where you can have a fine beer or cocktail while checking out the rotating art exhibits. Last time I was up there they had Mini Art at Mini Prices – pieces no bigger than 8X11 and none more than $75 (most around $40-50).

  10. Wow I’ve never been to Milwaukee before but this certainly encourages me to make the trip. The museum building itself would be worth the trip, never mind the art.

  11. Visitors mast feels like be inside the sculpture.