Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Jewish Museum Milwaukee preserves and presents the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin in a way that emphasizes the American values of tolerance, respect, freedom and celebration of diversity. The Museum offers interactive displays, a focused education program, notable special exhibits and a collection of artifacts that includes a one-of-a-kind tapestry by artist Marc Chagall. Our community’s Holocaust Memorial is located in front of the building.
1360 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Museum Public Hours
Monday-Thursday*: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Closed for Jewish holidays.
Free parking behind the building.
Seniors (60+), $6
Children Age 6 and under, Free
Active Duty Military, Free
The Flight Portfolio with Best-Selling Author Julie Orringer
July 16, 2019 • 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge, Julie Orringer, is coming to Milwaukee to expound on her newly published historical novel, The Flight Portfolio.
The Flight Portfolio is based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work and the lives of artists, including some Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust such as Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel and André Breton. Join Orringer for an in-depth look at the research that was undertaken to discover the narratives of those Fry saved, the labor he accepted to ensure their safety, as well as his complex relationships with them.
July 18, 2019 • 10:00am – 7:00pm
Registration Not Required
Regular Museum Admission Applies
Gallery Day with Chagall’s Le Cirque
July 19, 2019 • 10:00am – 8:00pm
Be part of a rare opportunity to experience Marc Chagall’s legendary Le Cirque portfolio for FREE on Gallery Night! Iconic attributes of Chagall’s creations – his quintessential use of vivid color, dreamlike composition and fanciful characters – befittingly capture his lure to the circus and its emblematic encapsulation of the human condition.
Inspired Travel: Circus World Baraboo
July 24, 2019 • 8:00am – 6:00pm
Did you know that more than 100 circuses began in Wisconsin? Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee to celebrate Wisconsin’s long-standing circus tradition with a behind-the-scenes tour of Circus World in Baraboo, the major participant in the Great Circus Parade held in Milwaukee from 1963 to 2009.
Our tour will include a 1960s-inspired circus performance called “Summer of Luv Under the Big Top,” a comedy-variety show called “Nothing But Nonsense,” a behind-the-scenes tour of the Circus Wagons and the Deppe Wagon Pavilion and Restoration Shop, and a special guided tour of Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center, a foremost resource for circus history research and information.
Pop-Up Gallery: The Circus in Modern Art
August 1, 2019 • 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Cocktail Reception and Lecture – The circus’ association with showmanship, surrealism, melancholy, and alienation stirred a generation of artists. In partnership with David Barnett Gallery, Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores the long-time fascination of artists with the circus by highlighting art from the David Barnett Gallery collection, ranging from the satirical use of a circus performer in 19th-century Europe to a contemporary Milwaukee artist’s exploration of the fear sometimes associated with clowns.
Jewish Museum Milwaukee has so much to offer, including engaging changing exhibits, special events and programs, a dynamic permanent exhibit, all-ages educational programs, celebrated archives, and rental facilities.
As a member of Jewish Museum Milwaukee, you will not only play an important role in ensuring quality programs, but you also gain unlimited access to the Museum and a wealth of opportunities for discovery and growth.
As a member at any level, you will enjoy:
Free museum admission
Reduced program fees
10% discount in the museum store
Members only events
Chagall’s Le Cirque
June 14 – September 8, 2019
For Marc Chagall, the circus stage was the ideal setting for the dreamlike, extraordinary acts ever-present in his art. In Le Cirque, he summoned the spectacle of the circus experience in all its colorful variety — clowns, acrobats and women riding bareback, stands brimming with onlookers — as a vivid metaphor for the sometimes precarious artist-lifestyle he had decided to lead.