Host an Event at the Museum
With world-renowned architecture, thousands of works of art, and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum provides an inspiring backdrop to any large celebration, social event, or intimate gathering.
The Museum’s award-winning catering and events team is ready to help bring your vision to life. Start planning today.
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What type of event are you planning? Click on each event category to see more details, and contact a sales and events manager to get started.
Say “I do” under the “wings,” surrounded by stunning views of Lake Michigan. With its soaring white walls and marble floors, the Museum’s iconic Quadracci Pavilion can easily be transformed to fit your own unique style. Add personal touches and custom wedding décor; the possibilities are endless!
When you host your wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum, you have access to the entire Quadracci Pavilion, including Windhover Hall, Lubar Auditorium, the Northwestern Mutual Meeting Room and Quadracci Suite, Baumgartner Terrace, and both gallerias. Ceremonies and receptions may be hosted any time between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, after the Museum is closed to the public.
The Museum’s inspiring spaces, delicious food and beverage options, and incredible service are sure to “wow” your colleagues—and help spark that next big idea.
With a variety of spaces and amenities, the Museum can accommodate many different types of corporate events, including:
- Networking events
- Seated dinners
- Conference kick-off parties
Celebrate your next big milestone—and create lasting memories—at the Museum. The sales and events manager will help you find the perfect space for your birthday party, bat mitzvah, graduation celebration, or other special event.
Host your next fundraiser, donor thank you dinner, or board meeting inside one of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s gorgeous spaces. The Museum is happy to offer a 50% discount on room rental fees for all nonprofit organizations.
Browse Rental Spaces
Whether your event includes ten or 1,000 guests, the Milwaukee Art Museum has a stunning space to accommodate. Browse a few of the Museum’s most popular rental spaces below.
The iconic, Santiago Calatrava–designed building addition includes a grand hall, two smaller meeting rooms, an auditorium, and two long gallerias. Reserve the entire pavilion, or rent one of the smaller spaces within it.
Café Calatrava is both the Museum’s daily dining spot and a desirable rental space, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a lakeside view.
With stunning architectural details, the Museum’s two gallerias are great venues for holiday parties, banquets, small exhibitions, fundraising receptions, and even fashion shows.
Located on the building’s south end, this spacious outdoor terrace features views of the Museum’s iconic exterior, the Cudahy Gardens, Lake Michigan, and downtown Milwaukee.
The Northwestern Mutual Meeting Room opens directly into Windhover Hall, and the Quadracci Suite, located directly above the meeting room, features a kitchenette, coatroom, and private restroom.
The Museum’s on-site auditorium offers an elegant audio-visual experience, as well as comfortable, tiered seating for up to 265 guests.
The illustrious, grand reception hall, located within the Quadracci Pavilion, is the Museum’s single largest rental space.
Commercial Photography and Film Requests
The Milwaukee Art Museum reviews all filming/photography requests on a case-by-case basis. A review of requests for the Museum to be featured in advertising commercials depends on the nature of the product and context. A review of requests for the Museum to be featured in films depends on the nature of the film.
Personal Photography Requests
(Wedding, engagement, senior, family, pregnancy)
For interior photo shoots, rates are $500 for a thirty-minute session or $1,000 for a two-hour session. To schedule your personal photo shoot, contact the sales and events manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. For exterior photo shoots, no forms or fees are required. However, the Museum asks that you please not interfere with any outdoor events hosted on the campus or block any building entrances. Exterior photo sessions are not permitted while a Milwaukee Art Museum wedding is underway.
Catering by Café Calatrava
Whether you’re planning a casual luncheon or a multi-course dinner, the Museum’s in-house catering service is ready to inspire and satisfy. Catering by Café Calatrava provides delicious, contemporary cuisine for events of all sizes and styles.
Choose from the food and beverage options below, or let the Museum’s executive chef create a custom menu to fit your event theme.
More to Consider
Included in Rental Fee
- White folding chairs and tables
- Audio/visual equipment (and on-site assistance)
- Security fee: This cost depends on the number of guests, the time frame of the event, and parking needs.
- Parking: The Museum’s underground parking garage has 98 spaces available, at a rate of $8 per car. This fee can be paid by the host in advance or billed to individual guests upon exit. Valet parking is also available, at an additional cost.
- Linens and Table Settings: Ask the sales and events manager for options and pricing.
Learn more about the Museum's rental process.