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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Museum Public Hours
Wednesday – Sunday 1:00 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

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 remain open. Guests are encouraged to call before visiting, regarding our events schedule.


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.

Current Exhibit

House of Risk

October 18, 2018 – January 27, 2019

House of Risk is a house-wide immersive exhibition by Vanessa Diaz (Miami, FL) and Sylvie Rosenthal (Madison, WI) that will transform and unsettle the domestic architecture of the Villa Terrace. Through a mixture of handmade, found, and assembled objects that act as metaphors for the intersecting trajectories of natural history, invention, time, global trade, and technology, Diaz and Rosenthal’s work gestures towards both histories and futures.

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