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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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Address: 2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
Phone Number: +1 414-271-3656
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Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was...

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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Stunning trip through time

We attended an Art opening that was very well attended. A bit crowded and difficult to navigate into the many rooms, however the history of the building and the Art on display... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2016
pete6179
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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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midwest
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure this is a great destination, judging from the pictures. We made the mistake of visiting on a summer Sunday afternoon without checking to see if the facility was in use. 160 miles round trip only to be turned away, as a wedding was in progress. On the bright side, they very generously gave us tickets for another time,... More 

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

We attended an Art opening that was very well attended. A bit crowded and difficult to navigate into the many rooms, however the history of the building and the Art on display, more than made up for it. Staff was friendly and helpful with questions. If you love architecture and appreciate old world craftsmanship, this is worth a visit. The... More 

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This former mansion of the A. O. Smith family is being restored and converted to use as a decorative arts museum. It is a feast of architecture, gardens and now decorative arts. An interesting look back at mansions of a bygone era. As someone else stated, it is a qquick diversion as you tour MKE.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

A lovely spot with beautiful terraces overlooking Lake Michigan, a nice gallery, exhibit space and pleasant staff.

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Beautiful architecture and landscape make this worth a stop. Admission allows you access to home that is now a museum of sorts (though not much on display) and since it isn't a guided tour, you can wander the house and grounds at your leisure. Gardens weren't at their best yet, and they have some "artist" doing some sort of show... More 

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Middleton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

This is a nice diversion for something to do in Milwaukee along the lake shore. It can be a quick stop and the price for seniors is reasonable. Not much in the way of furnishings, but lovely grounds in the summer.

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Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

\The art was nothing too special, and when I visited much of the grounds were blocked off. Staff were friendly but mostly talked to each other instead of engaging visitors.

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near Milwaukee, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

David Adler, a renowned architect, designed this building for the Smith family, Smith as in A.O. Smith. It sits high above the lakefront with a terrific view. The tour is self-guided, and there aren't too many explanatory signs, though a free brochure offers some explanation. One area has ironwork exhibits. Most of the building was not open to the public.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

This beautiful historic property has some of best views of Lake Michagin. Constructed in 1923, The Italien Renaissance architecture provides classic elegance throughout, while well manicured garden's enhance the feeling of tranquility. You can escape to a private terrace garden, go for a walk along the Lakefront, or enjoy the sights and attractions of Lincoln Memorial Drive and, surrounding areas.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Unique architecture, beautiful view, and interesting exhibits. Tour the neighborhood. The wrought iron exhibit is particularly informative.

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