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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
+1 414-271-3656
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Wedding reception was delightful

Villa Terrace is a historic mansion on the bluff above Lake Michigan. It has a small decorative... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Norine C
via mobile
Interesting house with small museum

This museum is just a few minutes from downtown Milwaukee but feels like a portal into years past... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
via mobile
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Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the Museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, and a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional, and international artists.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
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2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216
+1 414-271-3656
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Villa Terrace is a historic mansion on the bluff above Lake Michigan. It has a small decorative arts museum and information about the Smith family that built it in 1923. It is a beautiful venue for a small wedding reception. The outdoor patio is beautiful...More

Thank Norine C
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This museum is just a few minutes from downtown Milwaukee but feels like a portal into years past. The house alone is worth a visit, although it's rooms are mostly unfurnished or house examples of local decorative art. Beautiful vista to Lake Michigan. We were...More

Thank dsj5777
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We went here to see how it looked for a wedding. Everything is PERFECT. Great view plenty of room and really a beautiful place.

Thank Ron M
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This decorative arts museum overlooks Lake Michigan with beautiful vistas. It was designed and built in 1923 by David Adler in the style of a 16th century Northern Italian villa. The museum consists of the impressive villa itself with its permanent collection, and visiting exhibits...More

2  Thank Doc A
Reviewed 7 July 2017

I recently was a part of a photo shoot at the Villa Terrace. The place is huge, with a lot of great spaces to photograph and enjoy. The 'backyard' is really where you can see the beauty of the estate. There is a slate staircase...More

Thank Whitney D
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We found this place by accident on a wet and windy afternoon. It was a real oasis of calm. There's not much to see, but this former family home had some real magic.

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I took my 16 year son who is really into art and would like to become an art major in college so I thought it would be a nice little outing for us. It was a nice day out yet we didn't utilize the shuttle...More

Thank fairlady75
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This is one of those places that you might not know about as it's in a residential neighborhood and not a big venue. But it is a treasure - in particular in the summer with the wonderful gardens you can explore from the back veranda...More

Thank Genevieve K
Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a charming art museum inside a mansion by Lake Michigan. There are some arts and antiques in the mansion and you are free to explore (it is not a huge museum). The outside is pretty. The backyard faces Lake Michigan.

Thank Betty C
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I'm sure this is a great destination, judging from the pictures. We made the mistake of visiting on a summer Sunday afternoon without checking to see if the facility was in use. 160 miles round trip only to be turned away, as a wedding was...More

Thank fiberart
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