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Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee  Wisconsin  53202
United States
(414) 224-3200
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Catey Sullivan
The Milwaukee Art Museum is like a streamlined 21st-century spaceship that’s become a vast repository for centuries’ worth of art.

The sheer numbers are impressive:  30,000 pieces of art in 40 galleries spread over four floors in the 341,000-square-foot Milwaukee Art Museum. Not surprisingly, deciding what to see during a two-hour visit can be something of a challenge.

The first thing to notice is the stunning architecture. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Quadracci Pavilion is a vast, streamlined winged structure that evokes the spaciousness of a vaulted cathedral and the postmodern grace of a futuristic spaceship. (If you want to be truly wowed, show up for the opening of the wings at 10 a.m.) Intriguing collections and exhibitions are worthy of the iconic structure; the first-floor gallery highlighting photojournalism and neorealism blew us away. Check out Chuck Close’s massive Nancy painting for a stunning example of painting so realistic that it seems to breathe. We also love Sam and the Perfect World by David Lenz, a depiction of a small boy standing alone against an all-encompassing green landscape.

The colorful Georgia O’Keefe gallery on the second floor is another must-see, and make sure to take in the gleaming glass Dale Chihuly sculpture on the first floor; its blast of color and shape are like caffeine for the eyes. Adult admission is $15. 

Visited: 
February 9, 2013

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