Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum

  • April 29, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Milwaukee
  • 6


Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel with Wi-Fi, Museum Admission, Curator Lecture and Docent-led Architectural Tour. Lunch is on Your Own.

Guest Registration Fee: $56.00

NOTE: Members must register their Guest by completing each line in the Guest portion of the online registration form, THEN CLICK ON THE "Add guest" BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

Registration Deadline: April 24
Note: Cancellations after this date will not qualify for a refund.
Registration is closed

Imagine Niagara Falls, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Yosemite Valley … untouched by the industrial age in their natural beauty and splendor. There were no road signs cluttering the landscape; in fact, there were few roads. Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School transcends centuries to show visitors the powerful, breathtaking vistas that defined our heritage and shaped our nation. The landmark exhibition includes nearly 50 of the most important artworks of the first half of American history—many of them monumental in size—and comes from the acclaimed collection of the New-York Historical Society. Several paintings are coming to the Museum directly from exhibition at the Louvre.

This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Additional support provided by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art.

Program sponsorship provided by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s American Arts Society.

We begin our visit with a lecture by the Curator of the Nature and the American Vision Exhibition, Brandon Rudd, the Milwaukee Art Museum's Constance and Dudley J. Godfrey Jr. Curator of American Art and Decorative Arts

Completing our visit, there will be an after lunch docent-led architectural tour of the Calatrava-designed main gallery, as well as, the new gallery spaces recently added in its $34 million renovation and expansion project.

There are three three options for lunch:

  • Cafe Calatrava is the museum's signature restaurant. It opens at 11:00 AM and will be serving special lunch entrees to complement the Nature and the American Vision exhibition. Menu, Drink Menu

    (Tip: Make a lunch reservation to avoid waiting, 414-224-3831,

  • East End Wine Bar overlooking Lake Michigan in the new East End addition serving European Small Plates. (Menu), and

  • Harbor House - Opens at 11:30 AM               Upscale Seafood, Steaks, Raw Bar and Cocktail (A Bartolotta Restaurant). Within easy walking distance. Lunch Menu. Reservations recommended. (414-395-4900)
 ~   Nature and the American Vision Field Trip Itinerary  ~        

Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our spring adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.


Leave Madison

7:20 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

7:50 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

8:20 M        Bus arrives at East Towne Shopko for boarding.

8:30 AM         Bus departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


In Milwaukee

 10:00 AM       Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM  Curator Lecture

 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM  Free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and explore the Museum.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Docent-led Architectural Tour

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM  Museum Store Visit

2:55 PM Begin boarding bus

3:05 PM  Depart for Madison

Arrive Madison  (Estimated)

4:40 PM      East Towne Shopko

5:00 PM      Capitol Lakes

5:20 PM      Oakwood Village University Woods


Mail-In Registration Forms:

PLATO Members

UWRA Guests

For further information, contact Nature and the American Vision field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, and 608-271-7741.





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