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 – Simon Farintosh

December 1, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

See performances the first Sunday of the month from October through May in the Villa Terrace’s Great Hall. Music starts at 10:30 a.m.

Café Sopra Mare Winter Schedule

Sunday, October 6 – Vidar Skrede & Asher Grey– Traditional Irish Music
Sunday, November 4 – Jack Grassel – Guitar
Sunday, December 1 – Simon Farintosh – Guitar
Sunday, January 5 – Toco Rio – Bandolim, Guitar
Sunday, February 2 – J. Ryan Trio – Keyboard, Bass, Drums
Sunday, March 1 – Joseph Di Frances – Guitar
Sunday, April 5 – 9 Worlds Ensemble
Sunday, May 3 – Rebecca Royce – Harp

House Tableau: Drop-In Sketch Day

December 14, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drop in for a free sketch day hosted by exhibiting artist Ariana Huggett. Drawing materials, a still life composed with Villa Terrace collection items, and guidance from the artists will be provided. All ages welcome!


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

Ariana Huggett: House Tableau

October 17, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Alongside Jeff Clancey, our 2018/19 artist-in-residence, Ariana Huggett, will conclude her residency with House Tableau, an exhibit of a series of paintings depicting carefully composed views of the historic rooms at both the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace.

Jeffrey Clancy: Measured Misalignments

October 17, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Developing the story of the Smith Family at the Villa Terrace is one of our primary curatorial goals at the museum. UW-Madison professor of Art in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Jeffrey Clancy, delves into this effort by examining the Villa Terrace – both objectively and anecdotally – by re-telling its stories in a way that combines facts with the artist’s idiosyncratic observations and imagined likely possibilities.

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