These 6 Milwaukee-Area Museums Are Open

Here’s a list of which museums in the Milwaukee area are open, plus what you can expect from your visit.

1. Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N. ART MUSEUM DRIVE | THURDAY-SUNDAY: 9:30 A.M.-5 P.M.; RESERVED FOR HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS: 9:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.

The Milwaukee Art Museum reopened for members on July 9, and it will open to the public Thursday, July 16. Admission is free until Aug. 16, but make sure to reserve your tickets online. Tickets are for designated two-hour slots, and the first two hours of every day are reserved for high-risk guests. Face masks are required, and there are sanitization stations throughout the museum. If you forget your mask, the museum will provide you with one at the door. Only the first floor is open so far, but PR Manager Josh Depenbrok said that some favorites from the upper levels have been brought downstairs. Plus, there are some new pieces on exhibit.

2. Grohmann Museum

1000 N. BROADWAY | TUESDAY-SATURDAY: 11 A.M.-5 P.M.

The Milwaukee School of Engineering Grohmann Museum reopened on June 30. Face masks are required, and the hours are limited to allow for a daily deep clean. Events and tours are still on hold, but all the galleries are accessible, as is the rooftop sculpture garden. Museum Director James Kieselburg said only one group of guests should be in each gallery at a time to ensure social distancing.

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3. Museum of Wisconsin Art

205 VETERANS AVE., WEST BEND | WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY: 9:30 A.M.-5 P.M.; RESERVED FOR HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS: 9:30 A.M.-10:30 A.M.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art reopened on July 8. All of the exhibits are open, and the museum is operating at 25% capacity. Masks are required for all employees and guests, and there are sanitization stations set up throughout the museum. There is a circulation pattern and designated entrances and exits to all the exhibits.

 4. War Memorial Center

750 N. LINCOLN MEMORIAL DR. | MONDAY-FRIDAY: 8 A.M.-8 P.M.

The War Memorial Center reopened July 6. It will operate at reduced capacity, with masks and social distancing required. Its new “On the Homefront” exhibit will open Aug. 1. The outdoor Fitch Plaza, which has remained open throughout the pandemic, will be open Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

5. Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

N50 W5050 PORTLAND RD., CEDARBURG | WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY: 10 A.M.-4 P.M.; SUNDAY: NOON-4 P.M.

The WMQFA has been open since June 3, with a capacity of 10 people at a time, according to the museum’s website. Masks and social distancing are required, and guests are encouraged to make an appointment in advance of their visit. If the museum reaches capacity, a sign will be placed on the door asking visitors to come back later. 

6. Harley-Davidson Museum

400 W. CANAL ST. | DAILY: 10 A.M.-5 P.M.; THURSDAY: 10 A.M.-8 P.M.

Some of the interactive exhibits at the Harley-Davidson Museum have been temporarily removed, and there will be a circulation pattern through the other displays to allow for social distancing. Masks are required for all guests and employees. The Museum Shop and MOTOR Bar & Restaurant are both open with limited occupancy. The restaurant has dine-in, carry-out and delivery options.

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Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.