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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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larry155 wrote a review Oct 2019
California134 contributions17 helpful votes
I am not sure what this place it trying to be. no real art. the mansion itself is no big deal. the gardens are OK. it does have a nice view of the lake. the woman at desk was helpful and pleasant. she gave us free passes to the Charles Allis museum nearby. That museum is worth a visit. there is a small display on ornamental iron.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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alexisrachelletx wrote a review Sep 2019
Nashville, Tennessee1,725 contributions271 helpful votes
The museum is inside a home built by David Adler for Lloyd and Agnes Smith. Agnes Smith wanted a home in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa. So visiting the Villa Terrace is like a piece of Italy in Milwaukee. And the home is beautiful. The grounds are even more beautiful. But the inside of the house doesn't have much furniture. The rooms of the house are used more as a gallery, so if you don't love the art in the rooms that day (we didn't), you can be in and out of the house quite quickly. The rooms didn't even have information about the rooms themselves. So, with the exception of one room we went in that had some information about the Smith family in it, we walked in a room, said: "Huh. Weird Art. Pretty room" and then left the room and walked into the next one and did the same. We visited on a Sunday over a holiday weekend, so a wedding was getting set up throughout the house as well. It was awkward to walk around the house and see bridesmaids getting ready or walk onto the terrace and see people waiting for the pictures to start. It felt very intrusive. The grounds are lovely, and we did enjoy our walk through the gardens. But ultimately, this is just a pretty house without much in it, and some very pretty Italian gardens. Not worth going out of your way for, even if the admission fee also allows you admission to the nearby Charles Allis Art Museum.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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kakroo wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom24 contributions7 helpful votes
Visited the location for a wedding party. The views from this place alone were worth the visit. The front garden and the water steps are so pretty! Would recommend going there for photography, if the weather is clear.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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BYZplay wrote a review Apr 2019
Welch61 contributions4 helpful votes
Lots of the British Royals photos displayed, the grounds are a work in progress but it is an incredible setting with an awesome backdrop of Lake Michigan. Fountains and lots of architectural details not often seen in the US. Really enjoyed the old videos of the family ice skating on the patio. The ironwork on display was an incredible display of top notch craftsmanship. Famous artists had their actual work displayed & the history behind it. Very worthwhile to see.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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dca wrote a review Oct 2018
Washington DC, United States64 contributions4 helpful votes
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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 see in October) court yard would be great to have in my own home. However, if I had to choose between this the Pabst or the Art Museum pick Pabst and the Art win hands down. If you are looking to she historic furniture and furnishings this isn't the place to go. They also had a wedding group there for photos that made it even harder to get around the house and the grounds. They need to find a better way to do that for the wedding party and the paying guests.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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