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“Hidden Gem”
Review of Grohmann Museum

Grohmann Museum
Ranked #27 of 168 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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6 reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had not heard of the Grohmann, but found it in a list of attractions for Milwaukee. (We are always looking for a place we have not been!). This museum had a neat collection depicting people in trades. The sculpture garden on the roof and views into the stained glass study are not to be missed. We enjoyed the museum and it is a value at $5 each!

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Laurie H
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Kansas City
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156 reviews
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“A hidden gem of a museum”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Because the Grohmann Museum is part of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, it tends to be overlooked by tourists seeking "traditional" art museums. But the Grohmann is extremely worth the time spent touring both the building and the "Man at Work" collection.

Dr Grohmann's love of craftmanship is evident in the details of this beautiful building, especially in the rooftop Sculpture Garden, the atrium entrance, and his office itself (which is open to viewing by the public when not in use). And the "Man at Work" collection has some wonderfully surprising pieces in it, including the familiar painting "The Bookworm" and a Remington sculpture of a bronco buster.

The staff is engaging and extremely helpful, and there are multiple pieces of literature to guide you through the museum. A group of high-school students was being led through the collection while I was there, their professor giving them details and background of the paintings to assist them in completing a class paper. It was fascinating information, and I tagged along behind them as much as I could.

Whether you're a student of art or a devotee of architecture or simply a friend of the working man, you'll enjoy your time at this museum.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Galeda
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San Mateo, CA
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340 reviews
102 attraction reviews
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“Wow - what a surprise!”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

When I am in Milwaukee my sister always takes me to see something different. This year, the Grohmann Museum. I was really impressed. This museum is by the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The art work is impressive and the art is all about the working people in various industries. Doesn't sound interesting? Think again. European Masters bringing industries to life! The entire museum art pieces are a private collection of Dr. Grohmann and his passion for sharing is shown in the low price of $5 entry, $3 for senior citizens. If you only have a short time....visit the first floor and roof top (my two favorites). If you are in Milwaukee at night and the museum is closed, find the building, look to the roof top and you will see the gigantic sculptors lite up along the edge of the building....and each make a complete 360 on their base. Highly recommend and will return.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank MKtravelers19
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milwaukee, wisconsin
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“An unexpected museum.”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

All the years I've lived in Milwaukee, I never knew there was another art museum here. Its called the Grohmann museum and the art work is dedicated to working people such as myself. The paintings themselves are masterful dating from the 1600's and up. The occupations vary from basket weaving to surgery. The roof-top garden is a great place to see the Milwaukee view and look at large statues of many occupations. Incredibly wonderful and peaceful. The nominal admission fee is a bonus.

Visited October 2012
Thank tam646
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“Splendid small museum”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a new museum featuring hundreds of paintings about the world of work, and a roof-top garden full of huge statues, not to be missed. Also don't miss the paintings about medicine, 3 and 4 hundred years ago.

Visited October 2012
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