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Charles Allis Art Museum

1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1933
+1 414-278-8295
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Interesting House

Both the house and the art were interesting, however, I thought it was a bit pricey for what there... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Kathy N
Plain, Wisconsin
Small quaint museum

My family visited this museum today and found it to be hidden treasure within the city. It has one... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
Racine, Wisconsin
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On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains their world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, French Barbizon, Hudson River School, and Ashcan School painters, Asian ceramics, stunning decorative arts, and period furniture and furnishings. Changing exhibitions feature local and regional artists, making the museum a vibrant center for Wisconsin arts not to be missed.
  • Excellent19%
  • Very good30%
  • Average23%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible9%
1 Apr 2017
“Interesting House”
30 Dec 2016
“Small quaint museum”
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1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1933
+1 414-278-8295
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Both the house and the art were interesting, however, I thought it was a bit pricey for what there is to see. We were done in about an hour.

Thank Kathy N
Reviewed 30 December 2016

My family visited this museum today and found it to be hidden treasure within the city. It has one large room and a smaller one with art of local artists. The rest of the museum was Charles Allis' home. All of the rooms were decorated...More

Thank Talkwoman
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Interesting to walk slowly through the house and enjoy the,details. The ceilings, the fireplaces, the marble stairway and the bowling alley in the basement. $5.00 entry for seniors. Worth it. Parking is on the street which can be difficult.

Thank Beverly P
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The person attending the admitting desk was surprised to see us - should have been our first clue. The brochure is inaccurate to the degree of describing something having deep shades of blue when it was totally brown! the displays are dusty and some are...More

1  Thank Bis54
Reviewed 2 May 2016

I am giving 3 stars because I'm giving the museum the benefit of the doubt that it is usually better, but for my visit "between exhibits," I would give it just 2. There were odd pieces of art, i think from the previous exhibits, in...More

1  Thank eec317
Reviewed 17 December 2015

The Allis family was influential in Milwaukee history in commerce, the arts, and public service. After Charles and Sarah died, their home and their art collection became an art museum, eventually the first step in the Milwaukee Art Museum, now at the lakefront. The building...More

1  Thank CityHiker73
Reviewed 22 November 2015

What was that? Some half rate art school work mixed in with a 19th century mansion. Poor art, poor juxtaposition. Nothing worked. It was like some tried to decide to make hip art in a space that wasn't right for it and the art was...More

1  Thank Whoasue
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

Fun to tour an early 1900s house. The exhibits vary in their interest. The current history of burlesque is just OK unless you like this genre.

Thank kiddydoc1
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

Well preserved home with art galleries on Milwaukee's fashionable east side. The marble entry is quite unique. Attended a special event which included a tour.

Thank rgwmil
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Although a beautiful home once owned by Charles Allis, there is very little to see once inside. Yes, there are some original furnishings & some art. They could use some explanation cards in the rooms (there are none). The young woman at the front desk...More

1  Thank Debora P
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