United States

700 N. Art Museum Drive

WI 53202
Phone: 414-224-3200
Fax: 414-271-7588

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum had its origin in two institutions, the Layton Art Gallery , which was established in 1888, and the Milwaukee Art Institute, founded in the early 1900s. These two institutions joined forces in 1957 to form the private, nonprofit Milwaukee Art Center (now the Milwaukee Art Museum), and moved to its current lakefront location.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (15)

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Permanent Collection

With a history dating back to 1888, the Milwaukee Art Museum's far-reaching Collection includes nearly 20,000 works from antiquity to the present. The Museum's permanent holdings include important collections of Old Masters and 19th-and 20th-century art. The Museum's collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960 are among the nation's finest.

Important artists represented include Nardo di Cione, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Jóan Miro, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, Robert Gober and Andy Warhol.

In 2001, the Museum completely renovated and remodeled its Collection galleries. The Museum's Collection is exhibited in brighter, larger and more spacious galleries, which are primarily organized chronologically, making it easy for visitors to navigate through art, history and the Museum.


Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s
January 27 - April 15, 2007
Baker/Rowland Exhibition Galleries

Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s is the first exhibition to look in detail at this extraordinarily fertile decade in Bacon's life and affords the viewer unprecedented insight into the artist's imaginative powers as well as his constantly evolving sources and techniques. Although the most fruitful years in Bacon's career, they were also the most tumultuous and tortured in the artist's unsettled existence; Bacon was regularly without a fixed address, borrowing rooms and changing studios with bewildering frequency. By the 1950s, Bacon had acquired sufficient technical prowess to forcefully express his vision, but he was still not fully in command of his disturbing images, which appear to rise from a dark well of the unconscious. Yet the rawness and sense of urgency exhibited in these pictures transcend any pictorial problems that Bacon eventually did come to resolve with experience and technical ability. From the screaming heads and snarling chimpanzees of the late 1940s through the early Popes and portraits of van Gogh to the anonymous figures trapped in tortured isolation of some ten years later, Bacon created many of the most central and memorable images of his entire career during this time. Also making an appearance were dogs, owls, and elephants; sphinxes, children, and naked women; heads of William Blake, self-portraits, and portraits of friends. For this painter whose imagination so rarely strayed beyond the walls of a dark, claustrophobic interior, there were even glimpses of the African and French landscape. [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (15)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Feature Exhibitions

Feature exhibitions require a separate ticket; feature exhibition ticket includes general admission. Members receive free previews before exhibition opens to the public and at least two free tickets after opening. Tickets are sold on-site for same-day visits only. Advance tickets are not necessary.

Feature exhibition tickets are $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, children 12 and under free. This is an all access ticket that includes admission to the Collection.


Individual Admission

Non-member adults $8, seniors $6, students $4, children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Residents of Milwaukee County receive free General Admission to the Museum all day, every Wednesday (an $8 value)! Each individual is required to have a valid ID demonstrating residency. This offer is not valid with any other discounts or special events and is not valid for groups or group tours.

Collection audio guides are available for $4.

Opening hours


Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thursday, open until 8 p.m.
Last ticket sold at 4:45 p.m. daily
(7:45 p.m. Thursday).

Holiday Hours

The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Thanksiving Weekend, November 24 - 26, normal hours of operation 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (early closure)
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, normal hours of operation 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Getting there

Please note there is significant road construction on the Marquette Interchange (where I-94 and I-43 intersect). For up-to-date travel information visit or call (888) 468-0037. Or, map your trip in advance with the Map-It Tool, choose Milwaukee Art Museum as your Destination.

It's always a good idea to check road conditions and construction updates before you travel.


Coats & Parcels

A coat room and lockers are available.

Access Information

The Milwaukee Art Museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Our Visitor Services Representatives will be able to assist visitors needing wheelchairs. Handicapped parking is located in our underground Museum parking garage.

Strollers are allowed in the Museum, but they may not be permitted in certain exhibitions. Backpack baby carriers are not permitted in the galleries.

No admission ticket is required to shop.

The works of art at the Milwaukee Art Museum aren't just in the galleries. With unique merchandise and a design unequalled, shopping at the Milwaukee Art Museum Store is a must do experience at the Museum.

Our buyers pride themselves on product selection and presentation. Calatrava's store design generates a first impression of an art gallery itself, but this merchandise is to be handled, admired, and purchased. Wisconsin artists are represented in many of the handcrafted items.

New name and new menu!
Cafe Calatrava is the new official name of our exceptional cafe. With a namesake of the world-renowned architect of the Quadracci Pavilion, our cafe chefs and staff are inspired by Calatrava's creativity and design. Such creativity, quality, design, and presentation are also essential to the cuisine served to our patrons. We keep the menu fresh and updated. Our latest menu has many changes, with a humorous nod to bacon as a popular Wisconsin staple, and a relation by name only to Francis Bacon, featured in our current exhibition.

Cafe Galleria
We continue to offer the popular beverage and dessert servic...+ [ Read all ]

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The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a rich variety of programs and resources for teachers and students, families, and adults. Whether you join us for a moment of contemplation, or an activity filled day, the Museum offers opportunities for you to learn about art on your own or in a group. Gather with us by the lake to meet world-renowned artists, engage in lively discussions, make your own masterpiece, and learn what's current in art.


Milwaukee Art Museum Membership support helps bring outstanding changing exhibitions, educational programs and preservation of a nationally recognized art collection for everyone in our community. Join more than 25,000 other members who support MAM and enjoy the many benefits of membership.

Venue hire

We take great pride in our building and its beautiful event spaces. Most of all we want to offer you the finest quality in customer service. Discover a place where the surroundings can inspire you, from breath-taking lake views, the ultimate in grand halls and auditorium space, to a lavish boardroom suite. Complete the experience by viewing our awe-inspiring art.

Our dynamic team of event service staff, security personnel and set-up staff, have teamed up with an outstanding list of preferred outside caterers. You will find that we have elevated the standards of hospitality to create an unforgettable event experience.

Let us provide the perfect setting for any function, whether you are interested in hosting meetings, lectures, receptions, reunions, fund-raisers or planning the perfect wedding. We can make it happen: superb settings, meticulous service and personalized support.

A spectacular experience for you and your guests awaits you at the Milwaukee Art Museum. We look forward to the opportunity to help plan your event!