Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the Museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, and a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional, and international artists.

2220 North Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Before Visiting
While the museum remains open during our public hours posted above, access to the museum’s great hall, dining room, and terrace may be limited or non-accessible during events. All other areas, including the museum’s garden, changing exhibition space, and the Cyril Colnik collection remains open. Guests are encouraged to call before visiting, regarding our events schedule.

Museum Public Hours
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours – Closed
Thanksgiving – November 26
Christmas Eve – December 24
Christmas Day – December 25
New Year’s Eve – December 31
New Year’s Day – January 1

Admission Prices
$7 Adults
$5 Seniors (62+), Military and students
Free for Members and children 12 and under
Self-guided tour maps are included with price of admission

Upcoming Events

Café Sopra Mare Series

June 2 – September 29, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

See performances each Sunday from June through September in the Villa Terrace’s Mercury Courtyard. Music starts at 10:30 a.m.

Café Sopra Mare Summer Schedule

6/2/19 Emma Koi & Erin Brooker-Miller: Flute, Harp
6/9/19 A. Rasmussen, C. Rasmussen, and Brett Lipshitz: Baroque Flute, Violin, Cello
6/16/19 Anthony Deutsch: Jazz Piano
6/23/19 Toco Rio: Bandolim, Guitar
6/30/19 Dale Palecek & Friends: Dulcimer, Mandolin, Guitars

7/7/19 Neal Bardel: Keyboard Artist
7/14/19 William Hindin: Keyboard Artist
7/21/19 Good Vibes Trio: Vibraphone, Guitar, Drums
7/28/19 Ben Dameron: Jazz Guitar

8/4/19 Absinthe Minded Duo: Guitar, Woodwinds
8/11/19 Jed Levy & Jeremy Kahn: Saxophone, Piano
8/18/19 Jack Grassel: Guitar
8/25/19 J. Ryan Trio: Keyboard, Bass, Drums

9/1/19 Siempre Flamenco Ensemble
9/8/19 Swing Chevron: Violin, Guitar, Bass, Drums
9/15/19 Worldwind Jazz: Saxophone, Piano, Bass
9/22/19 Jon Lovas Trio: Saxophone, Guitar, Bass
9/29/19 Mitch Shiner: Vibraphone

How to Raise a Monarch Butterfly Workshop

July 13, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Butterfly raising lecture and demonstration.
Free Monarch raising instruction handouts.
See live Monarch Butterfly exhibits.
$5.00 Monarch Rearing Kits for sale while supplies last.

Gala in the Garden: A Royal Affair Secrets of the Monarch

July 27, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Friends of Villa Terrace Gala in the Garden fundraiser is a very special evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing held only once every two years in the Renaissance Garden of Villa Terrace and raises important funds for its care and maintenance.

The gala theme celebrates the current exhibition of British Royal Photographs collected by Northpoint neighbors Jodi and John Eastberg and the new Butterfly Garden – the only one of its kind at a Milwaukee County Museum – scheduled to open in August.


Membership to Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum provides unlimited visits to both museums and their exhibitions, a newsletter subscription, and discounts on certain special events/programming.

Featured Exhibit

A Mouth-Shaped Room

June 27 – September 15, 2019

Philadelphia-based artist David R. Harper transforms the Villa Terrace into an illusory world of historical fiction as he activates the entire house with sculpture, transformed objects, and installations. Harper references the museum’s history as a decorative arts museum by using images and objects influenced by various eras, such as Greco-Roman figures, plant and animal studies from the 19th century, handmade wood vitrines, and stained glass.

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