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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
+1 414-271-3656
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Renaissance Garden in Milwaukee

Went to check out the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and garden during Milwaukee Museum Mile... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BMiller2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great museum sitting on the hill overlooking Lake Michigan

went to the museum Saturday afternoon while part of the museum was being used for a private event... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
fotomann
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chicago, il
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Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the Museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, and a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional, and international artists.
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2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to check out the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and garden during Milwaukee Museum Mile Day. Received free admission (normally $5 for adults). Loved the water staircase and wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

went to the museum Saturday afternoon while part of the museum was being used for a private event the rest of the Museum and Gardens were open very very beautiful lot of decorative art the building itself was very classic the property extended from the...More

Thank fotomann
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Villa Terrace is a historic mansion on the bluff above Lake Michigan. It has a small decorative arts museum and information about the Smith family that built it in 1923. It is a beautiful venue for a small wedding reception. The outdoor patio is beautiful...More

Thank Norine C
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This museum is just a few minutes from downtown Milwaukee but feels like a portal into years past. The house alone is worth a visit, although it's rooms are mostly unfurnished or house examples of local decorative art. Beautiful vista to Lake Michigan. We were...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We went here to see how it looked for a wedding. Everything is PERFECT. Great view plenty of room and really a beautiful place.

Thank Ron M
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

This decorative arts museum overlooks Lake Michigan with beautiful vistas. It was designed and built in 1923 by David Adler in the style of a 16th century Northern Italian villa. The museum consists of the impressive villa itself with its permanent collection, and visiting exhibits...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2017

I recently was a part of a photo shoot at the Villa Terrace. The place is huge, with a lot of great spaces to photograph and enjoy. The 'backyard' is really where you can see the beauty of the estate. There is a slate staircase...More

Thank Whitney D
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

We found this place by accident on a wet and windy afternoon. It was a real oasis of calm. There's not much to see, but this former family home had some real magic.

Thank Dave H
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I took my 16 year son who is really into art and would like to become an art major in college so I thought it would be a nice little outing for us. It was a nice day out yet we didn't utilize the shuttle...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2017

This is one of those places that you might not know about as it's in a residential neighborhood and not a big venue. But it is a treasure - in particular in the summer with the wonderful gardens you can explore from the back veranda...More

Thank Genevieve K
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