Explore the Arts in Milwaukee

A Sponsored Message from Visit Milwaukee

Inspire attendees during an afternoon at some of the city’s top galleries and museums.

Art is everywhere you look in Milwaukee, from world-class museums to unique architecture to outdoor sculptures to murals scattered throughout the city. Booking an event in this stimulating, arts-filled locale can encourage creative thinking and motivate your attendees to bring new energy to their work.

Museums to Visit

At the center of Milwaukee’s art culture is a rich and expansive museum scene that attendees can take advantage of during downtime from their business day—no matter the weather. Plan an afternoon at the Milwaukee Art Museum and explore more than 300,000 works of art, from antiquity to modern-day. One of the largest museums in the U.S., the Milwaukee Art Museum is a stunning example of several types of architecture (including modernist and Spanish), and offers beautiful spaces that can be rented for special events. The Grohmann Museum hosts the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work—from farming and mining to trades like glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in nearby Cedarburg features quilts, traditional needle arts and contemporary fiber arts.

Public Art to Admire

While your attendees are out and about in downtown Milwaukee, make sure they don’t miss the vibrant murals and breathtaking sculptures scattered throughout the city. Not only are these pieces of outdoor art interesting and thought-provoking, they’re also free! The Black Cat Alley showcases beautiful street art in an open-air gallery setting in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. And located on downtown’s Wisconsin Avenue, Sculpture Milwaukee is a must-see if you’re visiting in the summer months. It features a curated exhibition of 20-plus museum-quality sculptures along what’s been called Milwaukee’s historic main street.

Attendees who want to get some exercise as they appreciate art can use the Milwaukee Mural Map to find murals in every city neighborhood, along with a recommended bike route for taking in the street art. Walking, running or biking along the three-mile Milwaukee RiverWalk means attendees can take in the latest pieces from RiverSculpture!, an outdoor gallery. Make sure to stop moving long enough to see Gertie, the world’s most-celebrated duck (a small, whimsical sculpture), alongside other sizable and striking abstract works.

Come for the event, stay for the artistic beauty of downtown Milwaukee.

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