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The Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen (formerly Elvehjem) Museum of Art underwent a massive expansion in 2011, along with the name change. The formerly small and sleepy art museum is now substantially larger and far more vibrant. A large ground floor gallery and two… Continue Reading →

Swedish American Museum

The Swedish American Museum in Chicago is a far cry from the grand American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. It still has plenty of charm. The main floor offers a rotating show, featuring a Chicago-related topic. The upstairs has another gallery… Continue Reading →

U of Iowa Natural History Museum & Old Capital

The University of Iowa Natural History Museum is of the satisfying old-school variety. It feels like what natural history museum should. Founded in the 1850s, the collection contains many unique and exotic species and are are housed in a graceful… Continue Reading →

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The first time we visited the JMKAC, a docent ran up and asked if I had seen the men’s room yet. An odd question to ask anyone, especially a woman. When I confessed that somehow I had missed it, she… Continue Reading →

Walker Art Center

Claes Oldenburg (Coosje van Bruggen)’s iconic sculpture “Spoon Bridge” appears on nearly every piece of tourism advertising for Minneapolis. The piece, along with many others, is housed in a sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. The Walker not only… Continue Reading →

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)

MMoCA is in the same location it has been since the early 80s. But with the massive renovation of the attached Capital Theater and creation of the Overture Center for the Arts, MMoCA got a fabulous new building. Though not… Continue Reading →

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s new Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, has won numerous awards for its fantastic design. The white “wings” of the hall open twice a day – 10 am and 5 pm (8 on Fridays)…. Continue Reading →

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

“Museum” is a bit of a grand title for the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. This small building houses one large room for changing exhibits and a small gift shop. The quality of quilts displayed are varied –… Continue Reading →

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is a truly unique museum. Not only are they the only museum in the world dedicated to wooden type printing, but they still have an active print shop. Visitors to the museum can… Continue Reading →

Dinosaur Discovery Museum

While its theme is massive, The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is very small. There is only one, long gallery with a collection that is mostly casts and replicas of bone. The few real bones on display are tiny (as in toe… Continue Reading →

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