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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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Address: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: +1 414-271-3656
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Wed - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was...
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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Unique architecture, beautiful view, and interesting exhibits. Tour the neighborhood. The wrought iron exhibit is particularly informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Unique architecture, beautiful view, and interesting exhibits. Tour the neighborhood. The wrought iron exhibit is particularly informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Beautiful in every way imaginable. A must for true sightseeing. No regrets! My experience with this place was phenomenal. Everywhere I looked was beauty. I got the feeling that I was in Italy. Embrace and absorb the atmosphere. Take pictures and let the memories make a home in your heart and mind.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A number of guests have been somewhat disappointed with our recommending this. Maybe you need to revisit multiple times to really get it. There is an extraordinary vision at work here as a sense of place with an almost perfect relationship to the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. It takes time and repeated visits to appreciate that you keep coming back,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Address: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: +1 414-271-3656
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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