MAM Free Day Is Back For One Day Only

This Thursday, museum admission is free courtesy of Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

If you’ve been missing the free first Thursday at the Milwaukee Art Museum, you’re in luck. This Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., visitors will receive free entry and other perks courtesy of Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

The free day will commemorate the birthday of the late Alfred Bader – a chemist, art collector and Milwaukee Art Museum member and donor.

Bader bought his first piece of art while on business in New York, according to a 2008 feature in MilMag. Though he didn’t know much about art at all, the dealer allowed him to pay in 16 installments of $50. He later discovered that the dealer had credited the wrong artist, and he had gotten the deal of a lifetime on the famous 17th century work Man Surprised.

From there, he diligently learned all he could from experts in Dutch and Flemish art, amassing an extensive collection and appreciation for 17th century paintings.

The free day in his honor doesn’t stop at the door – visitors can also enjoy screenings of the recorded “Joy of Collecting” lecture by Bader himself, a live lecture about paintings on stone, a self-guided tour in the European collection galleries and complimentary copies of Bader’s books for the first 200 guests.

This will be the first free day offered since 2019, when Meijer stopped funding the free first Thursday at the beginning of the pandemic.

Tickets for the museum can be reserved online