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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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Wedding reception was delightful

Villa Terrace is a historic mansion on the bluff above Lake Michigan. It has a small decorative... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2017
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Interesting house with small museum

This museum is just a few minutes from downtown Milwaukee but feels like a portal into years past... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2017
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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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...more
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2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

Was nice to see the area and the wonderful homes of all different styles. However, the interior of this house was disappointing. It had a unique art show going on that just further took away from the house. The gardens are nice (what we could...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

We were disappointed in the lack of furnishings in this once resplendent mansion,,but the views of the lake are lovely.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Beautiful building...gardens...artwork...peaceful...historic...Sunday mornings enhanced with music, coffee, outdoor cafe during summer months.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Villa Terrace is a mansion with an amazing backyard terrace and view overlooking Lake Michigan. The terrace includes a waterfall that flows down a well-manicured hill into gardens at the bottom of the hill. While this part of the house is terrific, there's not a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brend482
Reviewed June 17, 2018

We arrived early, prior to opening, so we walked around the neighborhood. Big, impressive homes. Nice parks. Lake Michigan beach nearby. Arrival at Villa Terrace, when it opened, was the least interesting part of our day. No written guides to move you along. Minimal interpretive...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

This small museum housed in an old mansion overlooking Lake Michigan houses some surprises including contemporary art and some historical pieces including some interesting wrought iron work from an artist in the 19th through 20th century. Fascinating. There is a small fee to get in,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Went to check out the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and garden during Milwaukee Museum Mile Day. Received free admission (normally $5 for adults). Loved the water staircase and wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

went to the museum Saturday afternoon while part of the museum was being used for a private event the rest of the Museum and Gardens were open very very beautiful lot of decorative art the building itself was very classic the property extended from the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank fotomann
Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

Villa Terrace is a historic mansion on the bluff above Lake Michigan. It has a small decorative arts museum and information about the Smith family that built it in 1923. It is a beautiful venue for a small wedding reception. The outdoor patio is beautiful...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

This museum is just a few minutes from downtown Milwaukee but feels like a portal into years past. The house alone is worth a visit, although it's rooms are mostly unfurnished or house examples of local decorative art. Beautiful vista to Lake Michigan. We were...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Hi there, I'm planning on visiting Chicago in September and want to take a drive up to Milwaukee for 2 days. Below is the list of things I'm thinking of doing. I'd love to know how long people think I should allow for each. I'm also happy to hear if anyone thinks something is not worth the visit or is missing from my list. Also I'm going to be renting a car to drive to Milwaukee from Chicago so I figured I'd drive between attractions so I'm curious what the parking situation will be in each...More
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Miller Park. They do tours, which you can find info about on the Brewers website. That will give you an idea of the length of time you need. If you don't take a tour you can get a peak from the TGI Friday restaurant. It's open for lunch, so you can eat there, have a drink or just take a look around without buying anything. They don't care. There is also a gift shop that you can access on non game days. Parking is free and obviously easy when there is not a game. Make sure you park near...More