Milwaukee Mile debuts: Museums get together to attract lakefront visitors
|This inside view of the Museum of Wisconsin Art at St. John’s on the Lake features Wisconsin artists. The museum has joined four others to make up the Milwaukee Museum Mile along Lake Michigan. (Photo submitted by Visit Milwaukee)|
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MILWAUKEE – The Magnificent Mile in Chicago has some competition. Now there’s the Milwaukee Museum Mile, a group of five museums working together. They even have a view of Lake Michigan.
That, however, is where the similarity ends. The museums provide a unique look at Milwaukee life from different perspectives. The Mile debuted in May.
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee is at 1360 N. Prospect Ave. It concentrates on preserving the history of the Jewish people in the southeastern corner of the state. The history is presented in photographs, artifacts and personal stories.
Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, students $3, children younger than 6 get in free.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art at St. John’s on the Lake presents Wisconsin artists. It’s at 1800 N. Prospect Ave. This museum has exhibits that rotate quarterly. Currently visitors can see Uncommon Threads: Contemporary Wisconsin Textiles; the work of Tom Berenz (responses to disasters) and displays by the Chinese Fine Art Association, which blend East and West.
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (62 and older), full-time students and youth ages 12 to 18; children younger than 12 get in free.
Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., is housed in a Tudor-style mansion. Our Gardens Inside & Out is running from June 29 to Oct. 7. In this display, gardens shine as artists share what they see in the great outdoors.
Along with paintings, sculptures and ceramics, the museum’s rooms include Sarah Allis’ bedroom and watercolor; Charles Allis’ bedroom with mahogany carvings; the library or American Room has paintings by 19th-century painters; and the French Parlor, once the Allis’ living room, has furnishings from France.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 seniors 62 and older and students, free for children 12 and younger. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Village Terrace Decorative Arts Museum can be found at 2220 N. Terrace Ave. On display until Sept. 16 is the work of Joey Fauerso and Michael Velliquette. To Become Day features large-scale paintings on wallpaper and paper sculptures.
Among the collections are blacksmith tools, oil paintings from the 17th century on up, a dining room with walnut furnishings and an English Gallery copied from a room at Bromley-by-Bow. This museum is housed in a lakefront mansion in northern Italian villa style.
Self-guided tours are available from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Cost: $5 adults, $3 seniors 62 and older, military and students; and free for children 12 and younger.
At the North Point Lighthouse at Lake Park, visitors will see a restored lighthouse and can climb to the top of the 74-foot tower. The lighthouse is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2650 N. Wahl Ave. The current lighthouse was built in 1888, as was the keeper’s quarters.
Cost: $5 age 12 and older; $3 younger than 12 and free to those younger than 5.
Of special interest, A Summer Night at the Light is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. June 29 for $65 or $120 per couple. The event will be on the lighthouse lawn. Call 414-332-6754 for reservations. Food, a cash bar and a silent auction are part of the fun.
If you go
What: The Milwaukee Museum Mile
When: Any time
– Jewish Museum Milwaukee: Visit www.jewishmuseummilwaukee.org or call 414-390-5730. The museum is closed Saturdays.
– Museum of Wisconsin Art at St. John’s on the Lake: Visit www.wisconsinart.org or call 262-334-9638. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
– Charles Allis Art Museum: Visit www.charlesallis.org or call 414-278-8295.
– Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: Visit www.villaterracemuseum.org or call 414-271-3656. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
– North Point Lighthouse at Lake Park: Visit www.northpointlighthouse.org or call 414-332-6754.
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