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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Open Now: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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
Norine C
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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
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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 yesterday

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

Thank AaronFWA
Reviewed July 9, 2018

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

Thank B3029SJhelenl
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

Thank Brendan S
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

Thank Mujissa
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.

Thank BMiller2013
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

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

Thank Norine C
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

Thank dsj5777
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.

Thank Ron M
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