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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
414 271 3656
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Ranked #43 of 89 attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: 1920s-era replica of an Italian villa.
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Sacramento, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Recently visited Milwaukee for a friend's wedding, held at this wonderful venue. The weather cooperated for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony with <50 guests on the veranda overlooking the lake. The building is lovely, the exhibits somewhat sparse. For locals this is a nice weekend destination for an afternoon to walk around the grounds, I'm not sure I'd make this a... More

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
53 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

It's worth a trip to see the view from the rear terrace of the terraced gardens and Lake Michigan. Donations are optional. While not as special as the outdoor terrace, the interior of the house was worth a walk-through if you appreciate decorative arts. We enjoyed lunch at the Beans & Barley Market and Cafe, which was a very short... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

My friend and I live in Milwaukee, and we just found out about the Villa Terrace, so we planned a day to see it. It was beautiful. The Villa itself, is very old, but the view from the terrace was amazing. Of course, it's Lake Michigan. The landscape is very lovely, and well maintained. There is water that glides down... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We and our friends love the place. There are concerts in the garden every Sunday morning. Although performing artists are not always consistent in the level of their craft, but the atmosphere makes up for that. And there is no charge, only small donations encouraged. Sun, music, coffee served at the Cafe Sopra Mare, great surroundings - this place spells... More

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Rochester, New York
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156 reviews 156 reviews
78 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a promising theme for a museum, but there just isn't much there yet. Much of the museum focuses on the family that built and lived in the house, including extensive (excessive?) home movies of their children. There is a nearly empty main room downstairs, and a few small rooms upstairs with exhibits in ironwork, fabric, and a couple... More

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Nashotah, Wisconsin
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

A beautiful museum. Amazing location. They have musical groups come in at times -esp during the summer. Lovely gardens in back. It overlooks Lake Michigan. Need I say more?

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Nice music on Sunday mornings, once a month. The view of the lake is awesome and the art collection very interesting. I love the iron work, amazing. They have a small changing exhibit room which is nice to check out.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Went to a wedding here. Very nice. Small but elegant. Be careful when taking photos, though --- if you stand in front of the statue shown to the left then there is the bottom half of a naked man standing behind you.

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Greendale Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a hidden gem of Milw. County property. A historic home transformed into a showcase of gorgeous lake view living.

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

None of my friends who frequent Milwaukee alerted me to this charming little house-museum. With gorgeous period Italianate architecture, lovely gardens, and a revolving exhibition, this was one of my most enjoyable stops on a recent trip. From the entry courtyard (with Hermes statue), through two floors of semi-restored family rooms, it took less than 2 hours to see everything... More

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