Guide to Milwaukee museums

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It's a known fact that Brew City is loaded with fab bars and restaurants, but when it comes to museums, Milwaukee has it going on, too.

From motorcycles to fine art to hands-on fun for kids, Milwaukee museums are accessible and affordable and a fine way to kill a few hours.

Here is a list of Milwaukee museums:

Betty Brinn Children's Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 390-5437
The Betty Brinn is Milwaukee's state-of-the-art kids' museum featuring hands-on play and interactive learning.

The Charles Allis Museum
1801 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 278-8295
Designed by Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler, this mansion houses Charles and Sarah Allis' art collection featuring 19th century French and American paintings.

Discovery World Museum
500 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 765-9966
Connects innovation, science, technology and the environment through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. Fun for adults and kids.

The Eisner Museum
This virtual museum of design and advertising showcases how marketing impacts our culture. The collection is now online only.

Haggerty Museum of Art
13th and Clybourn Streets, (414) 288-1669
This gallery, located on Marquette University's campus, features permanent and rotating collections. Admission is always free.

Harley-Davidson Museum
500 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2700
Through a variety of exhibits, the Harley museum showcases the history and motorcycles of the legendary Harley-Davidson company.

International Clown Hall of Fame
640 S. 84th St, (414) 319-0848

Museum dedicated to the preservation and advancement of clown art.

Milwaukee County Historical Society
910 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8288

Since 1935, the Milwaukee County Historical Society's mission is to collect, preserve and make available materials relating to the history of the Milwaukee community.

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., (414) 278-2702
The Milwaukee Public Museum is one of the premiere natural history and science facilities in the country. It features an IMAX movie theater. Be sure to find the iconic "snake button" and walk the Streets of Old Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr., (414) 224-3200
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum is home to more than 25,000 works of art. The museum received international recognition after the addition of the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava in 2001.

Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
, (414) 931-0808
The Pabst Mansion is a stunning home once owned by Captain Frederick Pabst, the founder of Pabst Brewing Co.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
2220 N. Terrace Ave., (414) 271-3656
This Italian Renaissance-style villa was built in 1923 and features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces and a massive garden.


FLLW House | March 21, 2010 at 12:56 a.m. (report)

Also... the new Frank Lloyd Wright's American System-Built Homes museum on West Burnham Street and Layton Boulvard

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East Sider | March 17, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. (report)

You forgot to include the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee

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squareinch | March 16, 2010 at 4:36 p.m. (report)

so sad to see The Eisner close its doors. Kinda ironic that MIAD is shutting it down, when the whole purpose of its graduates is to end up in a museum.

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