Milwaukee Art Museum Holiday Hours and Events

Posted on November 26th, 2014

Museum outlines holiday activities, hours
Family-friendly events take the chill, boredom out of school breaks 

Milwaukee, Wis. – The Milwaukee Art Museum announced its holiday hours for 2014, in addition to a wide variety of free family activities for the season, and your last chance to see Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Art from Glasgow Museums, on view through January 4, 2015.

For the holidays, the Museum will be open its usual hours, plus open on two additional days, Monday, December 22 and December 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio will be open every day during regular Museum hours.

Museum hours for the holidays are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum will be closed on Thursday, December 25.

As always, kids age 12 and under receive free admission to the Museum every day.

“Although the galleries are off-view while the Museum undergoes its much-needed renovation and restoration project, there’s still so much to see and do here,” said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “The Museum is as alive and active as ever, with fantastic art, architecture, programs, and events. The Museum is a perfect environment to spend time together as a family and as a community.”

The Museum offers an array of family-friendly activities for the holiday season, including an Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Art family guide devoted just to its youngest visitors, as well as kid-friendly tours, art projects, and several live music performances throughout December.

For a more hands-on activity, kids of all ages can make their own unique art in the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio. Open every day during Museum hours, the Studio is a fun environment for kids to create a handmade holiday creation and for parents to learn crafty ideas for projects at home. Also available are sketchbooks for families to draw their own masterpieces in the Museum.

“I love to see families spending time together in our galleries,” said Keegan. “The Museum’s commitment to creating a friendly environment, complete with fun and educational experiences, is at the heart of what we do.”

The Museum Store will be open during Museum hours, with a variety of items for all ages. From handmade, unique, local creations to books, housewares, and jewelry, the Museum Store is a perfect place to find a special gift. Online shopping is also available.

Monday, December 22 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 – Closed
Friday, December 26 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 27 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 28 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, December 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Target Free First Thursday)
Friday, January 2 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, January 3 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 4 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closing day for Of Heaven and Earth) 

The Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for students, seniors, and active military; and free for Members, Wisconsin K-12 teachers, and for children age 12 and under.

The first Thursday of each month is Target Free First Thursday and admission is free for individuals (does not apply to groups).

Prominently situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum campus welcomes over 400,000 visitors annually. The Museum was founded over 125 years ago and is the largest and most significant art museum in Wisconsin. It houses a rich collection of over 30,000 works, with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, and American decorative arts. It is the world’s leading repository for work by untrained creators and has one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe. The Museum’s celebrated Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, completed in 2001, showcases both Museum-produced and traveling feature exhibitions.

In fall 2014, the Museum began an ambitious project to renovate its two oldest buildings, the Eero Saarinen–designed War Memorial Center (1957) and the David Kahler–designed addition (1975), which house the Museum’s Collection Galleries. Increased gallery space, including an entire floor dedicated to photography and new media, an improved gallery layout, and a new lakeside entrance are among the improvements planned. The collections will be off view through fall 2015; however, the Museum is open throughout construction, with a vibrant schedule of exciting exhibitions, educational offerings, and special programs in the Quadracci Pavilion. For more information, visit mam.org.