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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
+1 414-271-3656
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Ranked #53 of 90 Attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith... more » 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. « less
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 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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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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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