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Interior photo of the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum Research Center


The Milwaukee Art Museum Research Center is the resource for information on the Milwaukee Art Museum’s art collection and regional art collecting history. Its holdings include nearly 30,000 books; 60,000 art catalogues, journals, and magazines; the Brooks Stevens archive; and institutional archives, from the Museum’s origins in 1888 to the present day.

With a history dating back to 1916, the research center has been housed in the historic Judge Jason Downer mansion on Prospect Avenue since 2017. The three-story Judge Jason Downer mansion was designed by architect Edward Townsend Mix and built in 1874. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The web page for the research center will launch in the coming months. The page will provide access to the Museum’s library catalogue, historic annual reports and bulletins, and information on the more than thirty-nine hundred exhibitions the Museum has presented in the last 130 years.

Research Center


1201 North Prospect Avenue
Open to researchers by appointment.
Contact us at with research queries or to make an appointment.

Mailing Address


Research Center
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 North Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202