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Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a tiny museum with a breath-taking collection of art. Despite having only 5 galleries, its permanent collection contains many of the biggest names in art. Wander among Klee, Monet, Cezanne, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Gogh, O’Keefe.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee’s Natural History museum is a safe bet for entertaining a group of people with diverse interests. There’s dinosaurs, live butterflies, very dead bugs,  minerals and shells, ancient cultures, the rain forest and dioramas galore.

Grohmann Engineering Museum

An engineering art museum may seem like a dichotomy, but the Grohmann Museum, presented by the UW-Milwaukee School of Engineering, is a fascinating and excellent blend of the two. This surprisingly large museum is elegantly designed and the collection presented… Continue Reading →

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 →

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