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“Eclectic & Fun”

Rahr-West Museum and Mansion
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Manitowoc
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

USA Today listed the Rahr-West Museum as 1 of the top 10 small museums in the US, so when a family reunion put us in the area I jumped at the chance to see it. We were not disappointed. The woodwork inside the mansion is amazing in its detail, & reminded us of how this type of work is a thing of the past. The art is quite varied from oil paintings to wood carving, and the Japan room with its many gifts from Manitowoc's sister city in Japan is a varied representation of Japanese art & culture. This room alone makes a visit to the museum a must.

3  Thank BaliloverNewYork
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stop in at the museum every couple of years when we visit Manitowoc, and it never disappoints. This June they had a Colorama display, a series of Kodak ads that were employed on buses and subways in the 60's. Very colorful for their time, they are scenes from around the world where a Kodak camera is shown in the ad. The permanent display is always worth a quick look, as is a tour of the mansion. Best of all, it is free.

3  Thank pfefmeister
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was a neat art museum and bit of history rolled into one! We enjoyed our visit & were delighted that there was no charge for the tour.

1  Thank michelleinnky
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice art exibit. It was great to tour the mansion on our own. Couldn't believe there was no admission....

2  Thank Raffini7
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place is a gem. And it was free when we visited (we made a donation). The museum is built around the base of the mansion, and it has a pretty nice collection for a small museum - a Picasso ceramic, a Liechtenstein, a Georgia O'Keefe, a Warhol, and some other notables of modern art among about 40 pieces. We were there during the Colorama exhibit, which showed about 25 of the photos that Kodak used to display in large format in Grand Central Station during the post-WW2 years up to about 1980. And they also had a camera display from the first 60 years or so of the 20th Century - think Brownies and Instamatics and flashcubes and Bell & Howell movie cameras. Then, you go up into the mansion which has some very neat artifacts and also some older artwork displayed. If you have a kid (of any age) with you who has some interest in the history of spacecraft, don't miss the display and the plaster cast of the piece of Sputnik IV that came down in the street just outside the museum in 1962 - that's down in the basement near the restrooms. Make sure you visit the biker outside who is late for his date.

3  Thank F00lishTraveler
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