Grohmann Museum

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Grohmann Museum
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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With an ever-growing collection, there is always something new to see. The Grohmann Museum Collection is comprised of more than 1,700 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work—from farming and mining to trades as glassblowing and seaweed gathering.
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Tom O
Peoria, AZ135 contributions
The larger Milwaukee Art Museum was closed on the day we arrived in the city so we visited this hidden gem on the MOSE campus. Wow, what a treat.
There are old Dutch, German, Flemish, etc. painters works shown on 4 floors of this museum dedicated to the human being at work. These are brilliant paintings on display! The first place they recommend is the roof top statue garden. It was amazing, especially against the Milwaukee city building. Very cool contrast indeed.
It took use 2+ hours to see the entire building for a ridiculously low entry fee of $5.00. This is one of the best museums of art works that I've ever seen including those in Chicago, London, Amsterdam. This is very much worth your time, trust me.
Written July 24, 2022
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Thank you for visiting, we're so glad you enjoyed the museum!
Written August 2, 2022
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Young
Barrington, IL1 contribution
Couples
My husband and I visited mid-week. We really enjoyed this unique museum. The entryway is architecturally stunning. We began on the rooftop which is a unique and beautiful/calm oasis. The paintings are extremely interesting and are about various types of work over the years. It is quite a fascinating approach to collecting.

The collection is primarily very Euro-centric. There was perhaps only one painting that I saw that had black or brown workers. The collection does not include paintings from continents other than Europe or N America.

I saw one painting attributed to a student of Rembrandt. However it appeared to be a copy, but wasn’t stated as a copy.

There was also a painting named “The Money Lenders” which caricatured the Jewish people (without comment by the museum).

That being said, we enjoyed visiting this museum and collection and I would highly recommend visiting!!
Written August 4, 2022
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AnnArborMHT
Genoa, Italy1,651 contributions
I agree with all the positive comments on TA. This is a lovely museum with a beautifully curated collection that is so interesting even to non art lovers. Its a walk through the history of working people. It's downtown location is easily accessible, just a few blocks off river-walk and the top floor is delightful. Their admission fee makes it available to everyone. A family member has mobility issues and was able to use his scooter inside. There are no long lines to get in, so buy your ticket when you arrive or consider a visit if you need a rainy day activity. With so much to see in Milwaukee - I highly recommend a visit here! even if the sun is shinning!
Written May 29, 2022
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Leigh W
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This museum might not be for everyone, but I really like it. It's comprised of a private collection of paintings of people engaged in work...quite fascinating to see the extraordinary portrayal of everyday things. The rooftop statue garden is a must-see (closed in winter). If you find a painting that especially catches your eye, you can have a print made of it. Really a cool place.
Written March 29, 2022
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Barbara S
Jackson, MI5 contributions
Our group of 8 loved the entire collection! We were pleased to see such a variety of artwork demonstrating labor workers throughout the years. Gave us a better appreciation for the work of laborers of the past. The roof top collection of sculptures was a one of a kind and what a view!
Written September 30, 2021
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Beatriz121
Wisconsin910 contributions
I can't believe I never heard of the Grohmann Museum on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. As my husband and I found out, it is a "must see" if you appreciate fine art. The three story building is beautifully designed and the displays of paintings and scuptures all relate to the story of people at work. Among the 1,000+ pieces in the collection are European masterpieces, a Norman Rockwell, and bronze statues in the rooftop sculpture garden. I found the paintings of early medicine to be especially interesting. On a warm summer day the sculpture garden would be a perfect location to take in the Milwaukee skyline. We found the three staff members we interacted with to be extremely friendly and helpful. As seniors, our admission tickets were only $3. Free parking is provided in a lot just to the east of the museum. Both the building and the art collection were a gift from Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, a Milwaukee businessman and collector of fine art. The museum is definitely a stop worth making.
Written March 4, 2020
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Deb
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The bronze figurines were so "life-like". The faces had so much detail. If you go and you should, after you pay the admission, take the elevator to the "top" floor. Start your tour from the patio. Go outside and enjoy the bronze figurines and take pictures. It is very beautiful. Then go inside on the same floor and look at all of the beautiful paintings. Start going down to each floor, with the spiral staircase. You will eventually get back to the 1st floor.There is much to see, so plan on one hour to one and a half hours. Also, there is a "free parking" for the Grohmann Museum. You need to leave your car, model, make & license number at the desk, when paying your admission.
Written June 1, 2022
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ScenicTrek
New Jersey1,923 contributions
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We came here for a visit on a Sunday afternoon in early October 2018. We were greeted quite cordially by two people at the front desk (MSOE students?). Our admission included not only the museum but also a 58-page color booklet about the museum. What a nice bonus!

From the moment you walk in and see the exquisite mosaic on the floor, the eye-catching mural three stories up on the ceiling above you, and the beautiful architecture of the front entrance and staircase, you know that you are in a very special place. This museum was one of the best attractions we visited during our stay in Milwaukee. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

The people at the front desk suggested that we start our tour from the top and work our way down. So we did. We started with the rooftop sculpture garden, which has a beautiful mural and fifteen or so life-size or larger sculptures. You also get a really nice view of the surrounding area and buildings. On a warm and sunny day it must be spectacular. (It was overcast when we went.)

The three floors are distinguished by color and subject matter. The 3rd floor is blue and contains works relating to mythology, smiths, artisans, and the medical profession. A highlight is a 1693 German book on urology / uroscopy. It lies open inside a display case, so you can only see the open pages, but it is intriguing nonetheless. The 2nd floor is green and contains works relating to construction, quarrying, roads and bridges, brick making, beer and wine making, and harvesting. A highlight for me on this floor was a Norman Rockwell painting. The 1st floor is red and contains works relating to early industry, iron and steel making, and mining. It also has framed photographs of various subject matter.

The paintings throughout the museum are mostly substantial in size. There are smaller bronze sculptures positioned in the lobby of the rooftop sculpture garden and throughout the museum on pedestals. Each floor has a couple of corner display cases with more sculptures in them.

Helpful things to know:
1) The museum is affiliated with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

2) There is a rest room on each floor.

3) There are padded benches on each floor, so there are plenty of places to sit and relax. Even the rooftop garden has (metallic) benches for people to just sit and enjoy the view.

4) There are sitting areas near the front staircase on each floor. They consist of a few chairs and a coffee table with magazines and books. It’s a quaint touch.

5) There is an elevator for people with mobility issues.

6) There is a modest gift shop on the first floor (books, shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, etc.). Just outside of it is one of those penny-squeezing machines that makes souvenir coins in four different designs. Be sure to bring quarters and some shiny pennies!

7) The entire place was immaculate. It is clearly evident that the people who work there and attend to the museum’s upkeep take great pride in their work. How fitting!

8) There is a designated parking lot with a limited number of spaces just north of the museum. There is also street parking. We happened to visit on a Sunday afternoon, and we had no problem parking on the street just a few spaces up from the front entrance.

I would unhesitatingly recommend this museum. It’s a real gem and definitely worth a visit.

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Written November 6, 2018
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701beatec
Highland Park, IL24 contributions
Couples
One of the two of us is an engineer by degree and we stumbled upon this museum by accident as we were walking around downtown Milwaukee and the lakefront. We were intrigued by what we thought we saw at the top of the building so, took a chance, and entered the building.

It was a great pleasure to wander the three floor of paintings and other art work depicting humans at work - men and women - whether on a farm or a foundry or weaving, for examples. And then the pièce de résistance - the roof top statuary garden. Wonderful.

I would recommend a visit to anyone. A real treasure!
Written June 30, 2014
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Robin B
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This place is absolutely amazing, but I was really disappointed by the severe underrepresentation of people of color in the artwork. I found 4-5 pieces featuring people of color among the hundreds on display.
Written May 21, 2017
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Grohmann Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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