Charles Allis Art Museum

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Charles Allis Art Museum
3.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler for Charles Allis — the first president of Allis-Chalmers — and his wife Sarah in 1911, this Tudor-style mansion and art collection was built with the purpose of bequeathing it to the public to delight, educate and inspire. The permanent collection features 19th-century French and American paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Renaissance bronzes, Japanese netsuke, and original furnishings. Curated exhibitions are mounted several times each year along with a variety of other arts programming.
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eec317
Wisconsin185 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
I am giving 3 stars because I'm giving the museum the benefit of the doubt that it is usually better, but for my visit "between exhibits," I would give it just 2. There were odd pieces of art, i think from the previous exhibits, in some rooms and some rooms seemed more to the period of the house. It was quite confusing. Also important to note at least when I visited, they did NOT accept credit cards. The house itself is beautiful, but I'm not sold on the museum.
Written May 2, 2016
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BMiller2013
Milwaukee, WI202 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Visited during Milwaukee Museum Mile Day and obtained free admission. Able to walk through the Charles and Sarah Allis residence-turned museum. Together they built an art collection that speaks of an insatiable curiosity about the world and its artistic output. They bequeathed their home and its contents to the public in order to delight, insipre and educate. The home's walls are poured concrete, intended to fireproof the residence and protect its art collection. Hours: Wed 1 pm-5 pm, Thursday 1 pm-8 pm, Friday through Sunday 1 pm-5 pm. General admission: Adults $10, seniors $7, children under 12 are free.
Written May 12, 2019
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Beverly P
41 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Interesting to walk slowly through the house and enjoy the,details. The ceilings, the fireplaces, the marble stairway and the bowling alley in the basement. $5.00 entry for seniors. Worth it. Parking is on the street which can be difficult.
Written June 19, 2016
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Lisa R
Madison, NJ12 contributions
Jul 2020
You can ride the trolley from downtown into this interesting neighborhood. I enjoyed walking around on a summer day in July. There was a juried jewelry show outside which made for a nice Sunday afternoon. The service that this couple gave the area and their collections make it a historic point worth seeing. If you don't have a rental car this is easy to get to and a fun trolley ride. You can easily end the day with a trolley ride back.
Written December 16, 2020
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maisouiamelie
Chicago, IL267 contributions
Mar 2011
This was definitely NOT what I was expecting. We purchased the Magnificent Three pass ($12 for 3 museums- Pabst Mansion, Allis, and Villa Terrace) and had already visited the Pabst Mansion (fabulous!). We were expecting something similar, but when we arrived, the docent gave us a condensed 2 minute history about when the mansion was built, by whom, and about the art collection. He then told us that for the centennial celebration, some artists had revamped the house. I kind of wish they hadn't. I love art and kooky artists, but the "revamping" took away a lot of the character I'd hoped to find in the house. From motion sensors going off in the dining room to strange noises in the bedroom and funny lights in the bathroom, I was distracted from the overall art collection. We breezed through the open rooms of the house (many were closed due to the revamping and storage) in about 30 minutes and headed down the street to Villa Terrace. The exhibits in the house were much more MoMA than Milwaukee.
Written March 30, 2011
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Talkwoman
Racine, WI13 contributions
Dec 2016
My family visited this museum today and found it to be hidden treasure within the city. It has one large room and a smaller one with art of local artists. The rest of the museum was Charles Allis' home. All of the rooms were decorated for Christmas. It was beautifully done. The other art is from the Allis home. Very tastefully done. Don't forget to go downstairs and see a real "man cave." We had a very nice warm welcome from receptionist. It was a great place to be on a cold winter day.
Written December 30, 2016
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Bis54
Davenport, IA228 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
The person attending the admitting desk was surprised to see us - should have been our first clue. The brochure is inaccurate to the degree of describing something having deep shades of blue when it was totally brown! the displays are dusty and some are falling apart, there is no artistic arranging or displaying just random collections displayed in dirty old curio cabinets set flush against the wall or glass cases. it's not well lit so titles and things are hard to read..., the yard is unkempt and shaggy, shrubs covering some windows...the mail box was overflowing spilling packages and envelopes onto the ground. Save your time and money and take a walk around the neighborhood instead.
Written May 22, 2016
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CityHiker73
near Milwaukee, WI451 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
The Allis family was influential in Milwaukee history in commerce, the arts, and public service. After Charles and Sarah died, their home and their art collection became an art museum, eventually the first step in the Milwaukee Art Museum, now at the lakefront. The building itself is elegant, and the artwork, a mishmash of great and not so great pieces. Visitors wander on their own, with each room having a book of explanation. When we visited, a Threshold collection of mundane materials in uncommon ways was interspersed among the rooms. A gentleman was setting up for an art class for military veterans.
Written December 17, 2015
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Whoasue
Chicago, IL48 contributions
Nov 2015
What was that? Some half rate art school work mixed in with a 19th century mansion. Poor art, poor juxtaposition. Nothing worked. It was like some tried to decide to make hip art in a space that wasn't right for it and the art was not up to the task. I don't know who curated this or why but it was just a hot mess.
Written November 22, 2015
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Debora P
Chicago, IL132 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
Although a beautiful home once owned by Charles Allis, there is very little to see once inside. Yes, there are some original furnishings & some art. They could use some explanation cards in the rooms (there are none). The young woman at the front desk was very pleasant & answered our questions, but had little to add to our visit. The senior admission price was only $5, which is about what the "museum" was worth. (I wish someone would have at least ironed the tablecloth that was on the dining room table).
Written October 26, 2014
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