Milwaukee is home to a number of fascinating historic and cultural institutions. They explore everything from motorcycles to modern art. Get started with this roundup of some of our favorite museums.
There’s a little something for every kind of art lover here; A permanent collection of more than 30,000 pieces, plus rotating exhibits. The exhibits include photographs, paintings, and sketches. Grab a cup of coffee or bite to eat at the on-site cafe, which boasts stunning views of Lake Michigan.
This museum, housed in the Milwaukee School of Engineering, is devoted to the “evolution of human work”. Professionals of the past are depicted through paintings, sculptures, and other art forms. Farmers, factory workers, cobblers, blacksmiths, and numerous others. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the history of various trades.
The Chudnow Museum is a veritable treasure trove of nostalgia. It’s full of more than 275,000 Americana pieces that date from 1910 through the 1940s. Guided tours are available, though you’re able to peruse the collection at your own pace as well.
This brand has been revving for 115 years. Whether you’re a die-hard biker, or just have an appreciation for the legendary motorcycle name, you’re sure to dig the exhibits at this museum. Beyond the classic models and artifacts on display, the museum offers riders of all levels the chance to try a Harley with the “Twist the Throttle” stationary bike experience. Those with a valid license and motorcycle endorsement can even test-ride a 2018 model!
Set on 40 sprawling acres, the Lynden Sculpture Garden features more than 50 beautiful pieces of artwork made of metal, wood, stone, and other materials. You will also find non-sculptural pieces like textiles and watercolor paintings. In the garden, visitors can also get a workout with a yoga or Tai Chi class.
Beer AND history? What more could you want? Delve into Milwaukee’s storied brewing past with educational artifacts and tidbits at this one-year pilot exhibit. Of course, there is a reward at the end of the experience. Ice-cold refreshments in the form of some of the most popular regional brews!