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, 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

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.

Upcoming Events

ViolMedium: Façades & Duplicities

Friday, February 1 • 7:30pm – 8:30pm

A multidimensional exploration of the rich harmonic, timbral and dramatic potentials offered by violas da gamba! The viol is the medium through which gambists Eric Miller & Phillip Serna bridge contemporary & historically-informed performance in experimental and innovative programming exemplified in masterworks by Abel, Bartók, Finger, Marais, Schaffrath & more.

Fall and Winter Yoga

Sunday, February 3 • 8:00am – 9:00am

Fall and winter yoga returns the first Sunday of the month from December 2 through May 5. Suggested minimum donation $10. For February 3rd, the yoga instructor is Emily Schubot.

Café Sopra Mare – Duo Serenata

Sunday, February 3 • 10:00am – 12:30pm

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. Free with museum admission.


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

Moving Images: British Royal Portraiture and the Circulation of Ideas

February 28 – June 02, 2019

Depicting the British royal family from the Victorian Age to the present, the ceremonial and family photographic portraits presented in Moving Images show how images can both reflect and energize major cultural shifts. Mediating affinities between British monarchs and their subjects, the photographs also contributed to the formation and negotiation of ideas about one’s relationship to nation, family, and gender.

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