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Charles Allis Art Museum

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Address: 1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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+1 414-278-8295
13:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 13:00 - 17:00

On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of...

On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains their world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, French Barbizon, Hudson River School, and Ashcan School painters, Asian ceramics, stunning decorative arts, and period furniture and furnishings. Changing exhibitions feature local and regional artists, making the museum a vibrant center for Wisconsin arts not to be missed.

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Interesting House

Both the house and the art were interesting, however, I thought it was a bit pricey for what there is to see. We were done in about an hour.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathy N
Plain, Wisconsin

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Plain, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the house and the art were interesting, however, I thought it was a bit pricey for what there is to see. We were done in about an hour.

Thank Kathy N
Racine, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

My family visited this museum today and found it to be hidden treasure within the city. It has one large room and a smaller one with art of local artists. The rest of the museum was Charles Allis' home. All of the rooms were decorated for Christmas. It was beautifully done. The other art is from the Allis home. Very... More 

Thank Talkwoman
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Interesting to walk slowly through the house and enjoy the,details. The ceilings, the fireplaces, the marble stairway and the bowling alley in the basement. $5.00 entry for seniors. Worth it. Parking is on the street which can be difficult.

Thank Beverly P
Davenport, Iowa
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232 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The person attending the admitting desk was surprised to see us - should have been our first clue. The brochure is inaccurate to the degree of describing something having deep shades of blue when it was totally brown! the displays are dusty and some are falling apart, there is no artistic arranging or displaying just random collections displayed in dirty... More 

1 Thank Bis54
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146 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

I am giving 3 stars because I'm giving the museum the benefit of the doubt that it is usually better, but for my visit "between exhibits," I would give it just 2. There were odd pieces of art, i think from the previous exhibits, in some rooms and some rooms seemed more to the period of the house. It was... More 

1 Thank eec317
near Milwaukee, WI
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230 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2015

The Allis family was influential in Milwaukee history in commerce, the arts, and public service. After Charles and Sarah died, their home and their art collection became an art museum, eventually the first step in the Milwaukee Art Museum, now at the lakefront. The building itself is elegant, and the artwork, a mishmash of great and not so great pieces.... More 

1 Thank CityHiker73
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

What was that? Some half rate art school work mixed in with a 19th century mansion. Poor art, poor juxtaposition. Nothing worked. It was like some tried to decide to make hip art in a space that wasn't right for it and the art was not up to the task. I don't know who curated this or why but it... More 

1 Thank Whoasue
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

Fun to tour an early 1900s house. The exhibits vary in their interest. The current history of burlesque is just OK unless you like this genre.

Thank kiddydoc1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

Well preserved home with art galleries on Milwaukee's fashionable east side. The marble entry is quite unique. Attended a special event which included a tour.

Thank rgwmil
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2014

Although a beautiful home once owned by Charles Allis, there is very little to see once inside. Yes, there are some original furnishings & some art. They could use some explanation cards in the rooms (there are none). The young woman at the front desk was very pleasant & answered our questions, but had little to add to our visit.... More 

1 Thank Debora P

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