Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, features beautiful and intricate Art and decorative Arts collection from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The Italian-Renaissance style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. The stunning lakefront villa was built for the Lloyd R. Smith family, the home was donated by the Smith family to serve as a decorative Arts museum. The picturesque gardens surrounding the villa were constructed in 2000. The villa overlooking Lake Michigan features changing exhibitions, the villa is a popular site for weddings. The museum is open to tours Wednesday through Sunday.
Things to Do
- Visit the beautiful villa and be mesmerized by the interior and the renaissance gardens, the museum features many fine Arts and decorative Arts exhibitions.
- The "Hidden Treasures" Exhibit features Art Nouveau objects, arts and crafts including, lamps, furniture, vases, jugs, porcelain, and statues.
- See a variety of museum collection of pieces of iron work, the great hall featuring oil paintings, walnut dining table in the dining room, paintings in the English gallery and the wrought iron Demmer Neptune gate.
- Guided tours and group tours of the museum are available, guided tours last for 40 to 60 minutes.
- The museum hosts events in the Summer featuring live concerts and food.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Insider Tips
- The museum offers free admission to children ages 12 and under.