Historical landmarks in the city are abundant, but hours in the day – not always. If you're like me, you have a list of local places yet to see. Well, cost is no longer an obstacle if you can get out this Sunday.
The Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums are collaborating with their neighbors to host the inaugural Milwaukee Museum Mile on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each museum will offer free admission, refreshments, docent-led tours and activities for children. Lucky for you, all five spots are within walking distance and if the stars align, it might just be a sunny day. Participating museums are:
Though there is limited parking at some of the museums, your best bet is to bike, walk or hop on the free shuttle that will stop at all five locations throughout the day. Not only are these destinations close together, but also represent a nice mix of artistic mediums and histories.
John Sterr, marketing manager for Charles Allis and event coordinator, brought the group of small museums together to cross-promote as well as create a destination and a unique experience for people to explore their hometown. He found that there was a lot of name recognition with the Charles Allis (and its sister museum Villa Terrace), but not a lot of people knew where there were or what was inside.
“So much of it is awareness. There are people that are really interested in this stuff and they come, but so many people don’t know they are open to the public,” says Sterr. He is optimistic that this event will become an annual tradition.
All of the museums (aside from the Lighthouse) have special exhibitions throughout the year in addition to the permanent collections. Sterr thinks kids activities like sidewalk sketches and origami and will also be a big draw so families can come out and enjoy the day together. My advice: don’t miss the Decorative Impulse exhibit at Villa Terrace featuring the work of six international metal smiths.
Check out this video preview of how to best navigate the event on bike. For more information, see the event’s website.
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