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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
+1 414-271-3656
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Beautiful building...gardens...artwork...peaceful...historic...Sunday mornings enhanced with music... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
B3029SJhelenl
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Shorewood, Wisconsin
Nice house, but not much to see

Villa Terrace is a mansion with an amazing backyard terrace and view overlooking Lake Michigan... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brendan S
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Arlington, Virginia
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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 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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2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed August 13, 2017

We went here to see how it looked for a wedding. Everything is PERFECT. Great view plenty of room and really a beautiful place.

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Reviewed July 20, 2017

This decorative arts museum overlooks Lake Michigan with beautiful vistas. It was designed and built in 1923 by David Adler in the style of a 16th century Northern Italian villa. The museum consists of the impressive villa itself with its permanent collection, and visiting exhibits...More

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