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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • Address 2220 North Terrace Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Hours
    Wednesday
    1:00p.m.–5:00p.m
    Thursday
    1:00p.m.–8:00p.m.
    Friday–Sunday
    1:00p.m.–5:00p.m.
  • Phone 414-271-3656

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Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed by architect David Adler in 1923 as the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation, his wife Agnes, and their family. The villa’s courtyards, terraces, and Renaissance garden flowing down to the lake make it unique in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The permanent collection features fine and decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries. The museum is also home to the Cyril Colnik Collection and Archives. Colnik was Milwaukee’s master decorative iron artisan from the late-19th to the mid-20th century.

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