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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hidden Wonders of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Explore the collections and curiosities of Milwaukee's most iconic museum on a docent-guided tour.

It's a bird! It's a ship! Or is it a Post-Modern cathedral? The Milwaukee Art Museum's Santiago Calatrava-designed building has become an icon of the city. Visitors are invited to fully experience this magnificent building and discover some of its hidden secrets before exploring the art treasures of the Museum's galleries on this special Obscura Day tour.

Wisconsin has long been known for it's many Folk Art and Self-Taught artists, whose collections of found objects have inspired unique and fantastic works of art (perhaps it's the long, cold Wisconsin winters!). The Museum is home to a number of revered collections of Self-Taught art from Wisconsin and beyond.

Speaking of collections, guests can step back in time to the world of a 19th Century collector in Mrs. M-----'s Cabinet. In partnership with the Chipstone Foundation, this mysterious world of Mrs. M----- exists somewhere between fact and fiction, but her collections tell the true stories of early America.

In 2015, the Milwaukee Art Museum completed a 6 year, $34 million expansion and renovation. Vast amounts of new art have been added to the galleries, some of which had been hidden away in storage for decades! Now, combined with breathtaking vistas of Lake Michigan, this space is truly worthy of the art inside.


  • Tour price includes museum admission for the full day.
  • Meet-up for our tour will be inside Windhover Hall at the museum's main entrance. Please arrive on time, we'll be departing promptly at 10:15am.
  • Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to watch the movement of the museum's iconic wings at 10:00am. The most popular vantage point for watching the wings is from the Reiman pedestrian bridge, which is accessible directly at the main entrance doors. Please be advised that the movement of the wings is dependent upon the day's windspeed not exceeding 23 mph.

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