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