Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the season with exciting events, extended hours and special admission offers

Posted on December 8th, 2015


Family-friendly activities, dining, shopping make Museum ideal spot for holiday fun

Milwaukee, Wis.— The Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates its most exciting holiday season yet, featuring the newly uncrated and unveiled Collection Galleries, breathtaking lakefront views, the special exhibitions Larry Sultan: Here and Home and Sam Francis: Master Printmaker  and festive holiday events. The Museum is the perfect place to bring out-of-town guests, friends and families.

Kids of all ages can make their own artwork in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, which will be open weekends and every day Saturday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 3, except Dec. 25. The newly reimagined Studio is a fun environment for kids to create handmade holiday creations and for parents to learn fun ideas for projects at home.

Two brand-new special dining events—a family-friendly Holiday Brunch feast Dec. 13 and a decadent New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31—are destined to become new annual traditions. And for savvy holiday shoppers, the Museum Store is Milwaukee’s source for artist-made, unique and locally-sourced gifts, and offers in-store and online discounts through the month of December.

Visiting is even easier with reduced and free admission throughout the season: every Saturday December through February, visitors can get 50% off admission with a receipt from Sendik’s Food Market, and kids ages 12 and under receive free admission every day.

The Museum will also offer free admission to the community on New Years’ Day, Friday, Jan.  1, during the first Meijer’s Free First Friday of 2016. Formerly on Thursdays, this monthly event features free entrance to the entire Museum and late hours until 8 p.m.

A full listing of events is below. For more information, visit mam.org/calendar/events or call 414/224-3200.

Holiday Shopping Events

SnowyAfternoon(1)Cyber Monday Online Shopping Special

Through Friday, Dec. 18

Beginning Cyber Monday through Dec. 18, everyone receives free shipping in the continental U.S. on online purchases over $25. Visit www.mam.org/store.

Member Double Discount Days
Thursday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.‒8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m.‒3 p.m.

Museum members can shop for holiday décor and one-of-a-kind gifts in the Museum Store, online and in the exhibition store for Larry Sultan: Here and Home—with a 20% discount.

Free Live Music

Spring City Brass Quintet

Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 am

Brioso Brings Holiday Cheer

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m.
Barcel Suzuki String Academy

Strings Holiday Concert

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m.

Northshore Suzuki Strings

Café Calatrava Culinary Events

New this year! Holiday Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

$55/$40 Members; $15 kids 7‒12; kids 6 and under are free

Gather family and friends to celebrate the holiday season with a festive brunch feast. Make a day of it! See the photographs in the exhibition Larry Sultan: Here and Home, make art with the kids in the Kohl’s Art Generation studio, shop holiday gifts in the Museum store and explore the renovated Collection Galleries. To purchase tickets, call 414/224-3297.

New this year! NYE Celebration!

Thursday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

$195/$175 Members
Get your New Year off to a delicious start—lakeside, against the anything-seems-possible backdrop of the Calatrava-designed Windhover Hall. Ring in the New Year with an elegant evening of fine dining at the Museum. A specially crafted holiday dinner with live entertainment—including dancing and art—will be our way of welcoming 2016! To purchase tickets, call 414/224-3297.

Free and Discounted Admission

50% off! Sendik’s Shopper Saturday

Saturdays, Dec. through Feb.

Visitors receive half off adult admission with a Sendik’s receipt. Sendik’s is the presenting sponsor for Sam Francis: Master Printmaker, the first exhibit in the new Bradley Family Gallery.

Free day! Meijer Free First Friday

Friday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Experience both the Museum’s new Collection Galleries and the special exhibitions Larry Sultan: Here and Home and Sam Francis: Master Printmaker free of charge during the first Meijer Free First Friday of 2016. The entire Museum will be open late, including the hands-on kids activities in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, the Museum store and dining options Windhover Coffeeshop and the new East End Wine Bar.


About the Milwaukee Art Museum

Home to a rich collection of over 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler-designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition.

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Note to editors: The Museum’s holiday schedule is as follows:

Monday, December 21 | Open, 10 a.m.‒5 p.m.

Christmas Eve, December 24 | Open, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Christmas Day, December 25 | Closed

Monday, December 28 | Open, 10 a.m.‒5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve, December 31 | Open, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
New Year’s Day, January 1| Open with extended hours, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (Meijer’s Free First Fridays)