Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum

  • January 24, 2017
  • Milwaukee
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  • NOTE: Member plus guest will cost a total of $99. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the data collection form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.
  • Registration Fee includes Member Registration Fee ($42) plus ticket for Milwaukee Guest who will join the tour ($17), or $59.00.

Estimated Trip Durations:
Oakwood West: 7:20 AM - 5:20 PM
Capitol Lakes: 7:50 AM - 5:00 PM
East Towne Sears: 8:20 AM - 4:40 PM

Guest Registration fee: $57

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel w/Wi-Fi, museum admission and docent tours. Lunch is on your own.

Registration Deadline: January 17
Note: If you cancel after this date, there will be no refund.
Registration is closed

Join us as we explore the Milwaukee Art Museum campus and the Museum’s Bradley Collection in two separate docent-led tours.

The bus is scheduled to arrive at the Museum at 10:00. Our morning tour is scheduled with a docent from 10:30 to 11:30. It is an Architectural Tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Museum is a three-building campus featuring designs by Santiago Calatrava, David Kahler and Eero Saarinen. Each of their designs is distinct and representative of the eras within which they were built. There are also many architectural details which were created during the museum’s recent renovation and expansion. These areas will be the focus of the Architectural Tour. Note that this tour will require considerable walking.  It is, however, all indoors.


Lunch and free time is scheduled from 11:30 to 1:30. This will give you time for lunch either in the museum or in a nearby restaurant.  A visit to the gift shop is also an option as is sitting and taking in the beautiful scenery through windows or visiting the Martin Johnson Heade exhibit featured at the museum.  The Heade exhibit is covered in the price of your museum entrance ticket. See the information below regarding this exhibit.


The afternoon tour is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30. It is also with a docent and will focus on the Bradley Collection.

The museum is home to the Bradley Collection. The Bradley Collection is a very important collection of 20th century modern art donated by one family. Assembled by Mrs. Harry L. Bradley during the second half of the 20th century, the Bradley Collection contains important European and American painting, prints, watercolors, and sculpture from the late 19th century to the early 1970s. The collection includes paintings by Georges Braque and Maurice de Vlaminck; seminal Expressionist paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Vassily Kandinsky; and magnificent works by Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti. A generous challenge grant from the Bradley family gave rise to the construction of the Bradley Wing in 1975, which features Mrs. Harry L. Bradley’s impressive collection.

The bus will leave the Museum at 3:00.


Nature and Opulence: The Art of Martin Johnson Heade:

Heade is one of the most important American artists of the 19th century.  His masterpieces express warmth and sheer beauty and will be featured in the Nature and Opulence exhibit. Heade was the only major American painter of the time to devote equal attention to landscape, marine and still life subjects. He created evocative marsh scenes, powerful canvases of thunderstorms at sea, Victorian flower still lifes and small studies of South American hummingbirds accompanied by tropical orchids. Nature and Opulence includes approximately 50 works and is arranged in the galleries thematically: Portraiture and Early Landscapes, Seascapes, Painting Light, Transition with Drawings, Orchids and Hummingbirds, and Interior Still Lifes. Follow this link to find out what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has to say about the exhibit.

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10:30 AM Morning Architectural Tour

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Free Time for Browsing in Galleries and Enjoying Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Afternoon Bradley Collection Tour 

Lunch will be on your own with some suggestions listed below:

Within the Milwaukee Art Museum include…

Café Calatrava

Whether for a quick bite or a full meal, Café Calatrava is the place to dine along Lake Michigan, with views that take your breath away and an ever-changing menu of contemporary cuisine.

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See drink menu

Windhover Coffee—featuring Stone Creek Coffee

Open at 10 a.m., closes one-half hour before the museum

Recharge at Windhover Coffee, located in the southeast corner of Windhover Hall, overlooking Lake Michigan. Our friendly baristas serve locally roasted coffee from our full espresso bar, beverages, snacks, and fresh pastries from independent local bakeries. Windhover Coffee offers sandwiches and salads, made to order.

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East End Wine Bar

Open at 10 a.m., Relax at the East End Wine Bar, located in the northeast corner of the new East End addition, overlooking Lake Michigan. The wine bar serves Stone Creek Coffee, craft and imported beer, international wines, gourmet tea by Rare Tea Cellar, and fresh desserts from Rocket Baby Bakery. Enjoy European-style small plates prepared before you at the bar.

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Outside and within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Art Museum:

Harbor House 550 Harbor House Drive (next to the Museum):


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 on time to begin our Milwaukee Art Museum visit.

– 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        Bus arrives at Oakwood Village University Woods to begin boarding

7:50 AM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

8:20 AM        NEW BOARDING POINT! Arrives at East Towne Sears

8:30 AM         Departs for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)                               

In Milwaukee

10:00 AM       Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Docent Tour

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM   Free time to visit the museum's galleries and enjoy lunch.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Docent Tour

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM  Museum Store Visit

2:55 PM Begin boarding bus

3:00 PM  Depart for Madison 

Arrive Madison  (Estimated)

4:40 PM      East Towne Sears

5:00 PM      Capitol Lakes

5:20 PM      Oakwood Village University Woods

Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. The Milwaukee Art Museum is handicapped accessible.

Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 


Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

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For further information, contact Art Lives Here field trip organizer, Jane Sheehan, and 608-347-1236

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