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Museum of Wisconsin Art
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in West Bend
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Owner description: The MWA houses the state's premier collection of Wisconsin art. It is also home to an unrivaled collection by Milwaukee-born Carl von Marr.Exhibiting historic and contemporary Wisconsin Art.
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

If you're in West Bend looking for a little culture, this is the one art museum to visit for an hour or so. If in SE Wisconsin on limited time, the Milwaukee Art Museum is the one to visit, where you can spend several hours to view its many exhibits. West Bend's art museum is relatively small, but new and has an attractive design. The exhibits are well displayed, but could have more detailed descriptions. A lovely attraction for a small community.

Visited August 2013
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Middleton, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
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“Wisconsin Art Beautifully Displayed”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

The new Museum of Wisconsin Art is a beautiful building with lots of windows to let in natural light -- a very nice setting for showing the wide range of work by Wisconsin artists. One of our favorites is Tom Uttech, who is known for his fanciful views of the far north. If you are not familiar with Tom's work be sure to check him out when you visit MOWA.

Visited October 2013
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Treasure”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Museum of Wisconsin Art was a wonderful surprise. The building is newly built and looks like a white wedge with lots of windows to let in natural light. We really enjoyed the Edward S. Curtis exhibit of Native American Indian photographs and Terese Agnew’s "Portrait of a Textile Worker" which is constructed of 30,000 clothing labels. There was enough variety to keep my two teens interested and engaged. The only thing I wasn't keen on was the cost to get into the museum. There were no discounts for children, students, or seniors. There are a number of restuarants within walking distance.

Visited August 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A hidden gem, worth a stop if you're in the area”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by the exhibition AND the space, relative to what I was expecting to find in West Bend, Wisconsin. Definitely more challenging and interesting than what one would find (by contrast) at the Neville Public Museum or the Rahr West.

The admission scheme is...interesting. It's $12 for 1, $24 for 2, and so on, but that makes you a member. The benefit to them is that they capture each visitor's contact info, so they'll be mailing newsletters and such in hopes of encouraging repeat visits. I would definitely be partaking of the MANY interesting opportunities they offer, except I live 2 hours away.

So most likely, I will only be visiting MOWA when I'm travelling on I-43 for another reason. Then again, who knows?

Either way, definitely worth a visit...it took me about an hour to tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Visited July 2013
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66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“First Class Space, First Class Exhibitions”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

The former museum was a dreary, tiny place primarily dedicated to the Carl von Marr collection with only a small space left for rotating the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The new building is first class in every respect, an exciting white triangle above the river, a graceful companion to the Milwaukee Museum of Art. The MOMA-MOWA connection goes further. Laurie Winters, a curator known for organizing internationally recognized exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, brings her experience and vision as the executive director for the new Museum of Wisconsin Art. With good curatorial direction, the museum can attract quality works that stimulate and educate, necessary if the museum is to thrive.
For those who wish, the von Marr collection is still on permanent display but I am excited by the work of more contemporary artists especially when brought together in themes that make me appreciate the work in new ways. The opening exhibit of glass art did just that and I look forward to more such interesting exhibits in the future. MOWA policy encourages return visits because the membership fee offers free admission for a full year.
Do check out the gift shop. In addition to the usual postcards, books, and craft selections, you will find very affordable works of art by regional artists, including those whose work you may have just admired in the gallery upstairs.
The only thing missing is a great little lunch place nearby. Some enterprising restaurateur could make good use of this open niche.

Visited April 2013
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