A Plan for the Future: The Campaign to Transform the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum was founded in 1888 and has evolved and grown into one of the region’s most significant art museums. The time to prepare for the generations of visitors to come is now. The Museum's Plan for the Future is both bold and necessary. It calls for the complete restoration of the County-owned Saarinen and Kahler buildings and the reinstallation of the Museum’s collections.

The Plan for the Future will:

  • Improve the environment for visitors and provide a safe home for the over 30,000 works of art in the Museum’s world-class Collection by repairing the Saarinen building and Kahler addition, after decades of deferred maintenance. A leaky roof, mold infiltration, a failed HVAC system, broken concrete, leaking windows, and foundation seepage are among the problems to be remedied.
  • Make it possible for more art to be on view to the public through renovations and revisions that increase gallery space.
  • With the addition of a new lakeside entrance, establish easier public access to the Museum, the Collection, and a critical exhibition gallery—thereby providing a better visitor experience.
  • Reimagine how visitors approach the Collection and experience the art, through significant changes to the presentation of the art and a more intuitive layout.
  • Conserve energy and improve the lighting of the art, with the installation of new LED bulbs throughout the Museum’s galleries.

Project Overview

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Donor Portraits

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Give: Play Your Part in the Future

The Museum is entering the final stretch of its ambitious Plan for the Future Campaign and will soon begin restoring and renovating its Collection Galleries. Now more than ever, the participation of everyone in the Museum community is required to help transform the Museum into a brighter, more accessible gathering place that can safely house its world-class Collection. Your support is essential. Reserve your place in history and contribute today to ensure that Milwaukee’s art museum remains a great place to learn and be inspired for generations to come.

Campaign News

Here you can find news articles and press releases about A Plan for the Future: The Campaign to Transform The Milwaukee Art Museum.

Museum issues community challenge grant

Milwaukee Art Museum issues Challenge Grant “Improve your gift by 50%” sponsored by Milwaukee Art Museum donors Jane and George Kaiser Milwaukee, Wis – The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced a $500,000, 1-for-2 matching challenge grant as part of its Plan for the Future campaign, which will restore and reinstall the Museum’s Collection Galleries. The […]

Museum begins ambitious restoration and reinstallation project

Big changes happening at the Milwaukee Art Museum Quadracci Pavilion remains open while Collection Galleries undergo major restoration Milwaukee, Wis. – The Milwaukee Art Museum has started a comprehensive restoration project to repair two buildings on its campus, the Saarinen and the Kahler, and to reinstall its Collection Galleries. The $25 million project, done in […]

Milwaukee Art Museum announces its Plan for the Future Campaign

Milwaukee Art Museum announces its Plan for the Future Campaign Restoration and reinstallation will re-imagine the Collection galleries Milwaukee, Wis. – April 7, 2014 – After two years of negotiations and planning, the Milwaukee Art Museum has announced its Plan for the Future, a comprehensive public campaign to restore the War Memorial and Kahler buildings […]

Operations agreement reached between Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial

OPERATIONS AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM AND WAR MEMORIAL  MILWAUKEE (March 12, 2013) – At today’s Milwaukee County Parks Committee meeting, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. announced that they have reached a tentative agreement regarding the ongoing management of the buildings and grounds occupied by both organizations. Lead negotiators […]

Support the Transformation

We invite you to be part of the transformation. Each gift, large and small, will have an impact on the future of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Donate Online or donate by mail

Contact Us

Explore what giving opportunities are available in support of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s capital renovation. Contact Mary Albrecht, Senior Director of Development, at 414-224-3245 or .

Legacy Gifts for the Future

Planned gifts help secure the Museum’s financial future by building a strong endowment. The Museum’s current endowment is $45 million; an additional $20 million in legacy gifts has been secured and will come to the Museum at a later date. To provide sustainable support moving forward, the Museum aims to build its endowment to $100 million. Gifts toward growing the endowment through legacy and planned gifts will strengthen the institution’s stability and vitality, ensuring the continuation of vital Museum offerings and operations:

  • Free admission for children 12 and under
  • Outstanding exhibitions that engage the community and attract cultural tourists
  • Maintenance of our historically significant facilities
  • Award-winning education programs that promote lifelong learning among visitors of all ages

To discuss a planned gift, please contact Sara Stum, Individual Gifts & Planned Gifts, at 414-224-3248 or .