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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 #61 of 240 things to do in Milwaukee
Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Current special exhibit at Villa Terrace certainly enhances the great house and its treasures. Catch it before it leaves on Feb. 8. Wonderful trip for parents/grandparents and young children.

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NYC
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12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It doesn't matter what the exhibit is at Villa Terrace. This small museum is a must see. The building sits on a cliff overlooking Lake Michigan, and was designed in 1928 as an Italian Villa. It is a beautiful House and worth the entry fee on its own. It has classical gardens that extend down the hill to the lake... More 

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Denver
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139 reviews 139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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281 helpful votes 281 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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67 helpful votes 67 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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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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