Sculpture Milwaukee and Bastille Days Festival

  • July 13, 2018
  • Milwaukee
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  • NOTE: Member ($41) with guest ($51) will cost a total of $92. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.

Estimated Trip Durations:
Oakwood West: 7:45 AM - 5:35 PM
Capitol Lakes: 8:10 AM - 5:20 PM
Sears East Towne: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $59

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel w/Wi-Fi, ticket to exhibit. Lunch is on your own.

Registration Deadline: July 6
Note: If you cancel after this date, there will be no refund.
Registration is closed

Sculpture Milwaukee and Bastille Days 

Register now for the PLATO trip to Milwaukee on July 13.  We'll begin our day by viewing Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor urban sculpture experience that debuted in 2017.  This year's exhibit showcases 20+ works by internationally, nationally and locally renowned artists including Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture.  We'll take a bus tour of the sculptures which are all installed along Wisconsin Avenue.  A Milwaukee Art Museum docent will join us on the bus to provide information about the works of art.  There will be plenty of photo ops along the way so bring your camera.  The sculpture tour will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

After the sculpture tour, we'll spend the afternoon at Bastille Days at Cathedral Square.  This is the 37th year of the festival which is one of the largest French-themed celebrations in the country.  The festival includes all things French, from music and buskers, food and wine, to Provencal fabrics and beyond.  A highlight of the festival is the 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows. Click here for more information.  Lunch is on your own

You may want to also check out the nearby Grohmann Museum with its Man at Work rooftop sculpture garden (Video) on the Milwaukee School of Engineering Campus and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Grohmann includes more than 1,300 paintings and sculptures from 1580 to the present depicting the evolution of work.  The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

This trip is likely to sell out so don't wait and miss a chance to spend a wonderful summer day in Milwaukee.

Trip Itinerary

We will board the bus at three locations in Madison.  Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don't miss the bus.  Don't be late - we can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.  Pack water bottles and snacks for the trip.

7:45 AM:  Board at Oakwood Village University Woods

8:10 AM:  Board at Capitol Lakes

8:30 AM:  Board at Easttowne Sears

10:00 AM:  Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum and pick up docent for Sculpture Tour

11:30 AM:  Return to Milwaukee Art Museum to drop off docent

12:00 PM:  Arrive at Bastille Days Festival at Grohmann Museum

3:30 PM:  Board bus and depart for Madison from Grohmann Museum

5:00 PM:  Arrive at East Towne Sears

5:20 PM:  Arrive at Capitol Lakes

5:35 PM:  Arrive at Oakwood Village University Woods

Other Information

Accessibility Policy:  To ride the 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 help you. 

Non-member Policy:  PLATO 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 if, near the Registration Deadline Date, seats on the bus are available.  Check with the trip organizer.)  None-member guests pay an additional $10 registration fee.  PLATO membership is $60/year.

Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):  PLATO Registration Form

Questions?  Contact the trip organizer, Martha Zydowsky, at and 608-213-6907.


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