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Brookfield, WI 53045
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Arts & Museums
Located in the bedroom community of Waukesha just west of Milwaukee, River's End Gallery showcases sculpture, prints, jewelery, ceramics and traditional oil paintings. The space is 3,500 square feet and it primarily highlights artists within Wisconsin, however you will see some pieces by international and national artists as well. There is another location in Elm Grove and it has many of the same objets d'art.
The interesting and educational Wehr Nature Center was designed to foster environmental awareness.
The state-of-the-art Harley-Davidson Museum is heaven for motorcycle enthusiasts. The museum spans two floors and it traces the company's history from the creation of the first bike to the empire it has become. The rooms include historical facts, details on the evolution of motorcycle engines and the history of female riders. There are also many restored bikes on display as well as customized bikes. There is even a section featuring Harley Davidson's presence in film and TV. The museum is highly enjoyable, even for those who are not necessarily interested in motorcycles. There is also a gift shop and cafe.
More than a century old, this mansion still stands as a testament to the the beer magnate and his subsequent legacy. Opened to the public in 1978 after extensive renovations, it remains one of the finest residences in the city and no cost or innovation would be spared in its redesign. The whole mansion had electricity and plumbing for nine bathrooms when it was built in 1892, a major architectural triumph. Today it has a state-of-the-art heating system which regulates the heat in the mansion with 16 thermostats and custom-built furniture for the majority of its rooms. Now a major tourist attraction, the mansion can also be rented for weddings, business conferences and other events.
The Haggerty Museum of Art, located on the campus of Marquette University, features thousands of works from both old masters and well as contemporary artists. The collection includes works for such famous artists as Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Keith Haring. This museum is definitely worth a visit, but check their website ahead of time as the museum is currently closed for maintenance.
This small museum located on 11th St. in the former home of Avrum Chudnow is a veritable time-machine that takes you to 1920's Milwaukee. Visitors will find all types of anachronistic Americana from the Roaring Twenties inside this small house. The museum is segmented into different 'stores' some of which include a grocery, shoe cobbler, movie palace, barbershop and even a speakeasy! The replica shops are extremely authentic and they preserve a small slice of Milwaukee as it was almost a century ago.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a huge complex devoted to natural history and anthropology. It also houses an IMAX theater and Planetarium. The museum, which originally opened in 1882, houses over six million specimens and spans three floors. The exhibits cover all seven continents and trace the origins of early civilizations. The sections devoted to the dinosaurs, to Native American history and to the history of Milwaukee are especially interesting. One other highlight is the butterfly garden, where children and adults alike will be delighted to find a room full of live butterflies!
Discovery World's 150 hands-on exhibits, live theatre shows and interactive activities are a combination of science, technology, entrepreneurship, and fun.
Experience the culture and history that have made Harley Davidson the iconic American brand that everyone loves. Beautiful HD motorcycles displayed throughout the museum with a restaurant (Motor), cafe (Cafe Racer), shop (find HD gear and clothing), and event space included. The event space can accomodate 15 for a business meeting or 15,000 for a party.
Artifacts and exhibits detailing the horrors of slavery in America.
The Grohmann Museum is located on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and truly is one of a kind. Opened in 2007, this museum features a comprehensive collection of art tracing the evolution of men and women in the American workplace. The museum has three floors that feature various exhibits on labor and a roof-top sculpture garden. The museum was named for Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, an avid collector who donated most of the museum's items.
The Betty Brinn Children's Museum is a great way for families to spend the day together. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits. The museum is divided into four galleries and visitors will find various exhibits exploring how the human body works, some about gravity and space as well as locomotive engineering. There is also a section where younger children can create their own art and a section where older children can "trade places" with adults to learn more about their community and commerce. This museum is guaranteed fun for the whole family.