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

In spring of 2013, Milwaukee County made a generous $10 million contribution toward repairing the Saarinen and Kahler buildings. Thanks to this County support, the damage that has accumulated over the years will be fixed. Driven by our Board of Trustees and close friends, the Museum will raise an additional $15 million to make repairs and renovations associated with the reinstallation of the collections. We are pleased to have already received significant support toward our goal. Now the Museum aims to close out the drive in order to prepare for the historic improvements to start in fall 2014. Consider playing your part by adding your name to the list of friends and neighbors, with a gift to the Plan for the Future Campaign.

This vibrant plan depends upon the support of our entire community. With the creation of the Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, we captured your imagination and established a “must-see” destination for the region and the nation.

Now, with the Plan for the Future, we want to capture your heart, as we ask for your help in restoring the historically significant Saarinen and Kahler buildings—and home of the Museum’s treasures. We seek to honor and revitalize the past and position the Museum for the future, so that we can inspire generations to come. Together we can protect our outstanding Collection and provide spaces worthy of the art, while enhancing the Museum experience for all visitors.

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.

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 […]

Ways to Give

We invite you to join the Plan for the Future Campaign and be part of the transformation. Each gift, large and small, will have an impact on the future of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Share your support:

Donate Online or donate by mail

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Mary Albrecht, Senior Director of Development, at 414-224-3245 or .