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About the Campaign

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.