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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Address: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: +1 414-271-3656
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Ranked #47 of 76 Attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Architectural Buildings, Museums
Owner description: Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Museums
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Wed - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Denver
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139 reviews 139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The Renaissance garden is the highlight of this villa on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. The stairs are easy to walk all the way to the Neptune Gate where you can turn around and photograph this beautiful view. The house is used numerous times a month for weddings and it shows. The walls are bumped and marred on the first... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A wonderful slice from the past, beautifully preserved and displayed. The courtyard and grounds are beautiful and the house itself is spectacular with magnificent views of the lake! Great displays of art and art works and just a treat to see the house in such great condition.

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Birmingham, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

So so art museum in the Water Tower district. The museum is adjacent to and perhaps a 200 yard walk from Bradford Beach. The museum resides in an absolutely gorgeous setting overlooking Lake Michigan. The museum.......actually a small mansion in the Water Tower district....is located adjacent to several examples of different yet very distinct architectural styles. Tickets can be purchased... More 

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Augusta, GA
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572 reviews 572 reviews
268 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

There was a Japanese block art special exhibit here that day, but the rest of the collection was not impressive. The view out to the lake was fantastic, and it is in a beautiful neighborhood.

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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
87 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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181 reviews 181 reviews
80 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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
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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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