Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum

  • March 24, 2017
  • Milwaukee
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  • NOTE: Member plus guest will cost a total of $96. 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 ($43) plus ticket for Milwaukee Guest who will join the tour ($18), or $61.00.

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: $53

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

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

Join us on March 24th as we journey to the Milwaukee Art Museum for the annual Art in Bloom exhibit. 

Spring comes alive at the Milwaukee Art Museum in March with the annual Art in Bloom event weekend. Stunning art-inspired floral installations will be set among three floors of Collection Galleries in the Saarinen and Kahler buildings, along with features in the Quadracci Pavilion. Marketplaces filled with flowers, clothing, purses, jewelry, beauty products, garden accessories, and more feature local vendors and artisans. 

Inspirational and informative presentations focus on fashion, flowers, and food. Over 10,000 guests visit the Milwaukee Art Museum throughout the four-day event to view the magnificent colors of spring and experience the art in the Museum’s Collection in fresh ways


When we arrive at the Museum at 10:00, we will have a one hour docent led tour of the floral exhibits from 10:30 to 11:30.

We will then have ample free time for a relaxing lunch, revisiting the floral displays not covered in the morning docent tour and shopping at the many market places setup throughout the Museum and gift shop. Or, you may want to view the MAM's special exhibit Helen Levitt: In the Street during your free time.

The bus will depart the Museum at 3:00 PM. 


Helen Levitt: In the Street:

American photographer Helen Levitt (1913-2009) captured the life of New York City’s sidewalks for over five decades. She began photographing with a 35mm Leica in the mid-1930s, sometimes using a right-angle lens, which allowed her to take pictures surreptitiously. Air conditioning and television were still novelties at the time, so much of daily life happened in the streets. Levitt frequently photographed children at play, absorbed in their own dramas and intrigues and mostly indifferent to her presence. Though Levitt worked in the documentary style and was associated with the socially minded Photo League of New York, she was not a journalist, and her photographs reveal a unique “way of seeing” (the title of her 1965 book) rather than an overt message. This exhibition includes early black-and-white photographs, later color work, and her film In the Street (1952).    


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.

Menu changes with the season. Check their web site for the menu. Reserve a table either via phone: 1-414-224-3831 or online: Opentable.

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.

See menu

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.

See menu

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 - 2:50 PM   Free time to visit the museum's galleries and enjoy lunch.

2:50 PM Begin boarding bus

3:00 PM  Depart for Madison 

Arrive Madison  (Estimated)

4:30 PM      East Towne Sears

4:50 PM      Capitol Lakes

5:10 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 $10.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 


Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

PLATO Members Form

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

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