The Museum provides beautiful event spaces that inspire: breathtaking lake views, the ultimate in grand halls, a spacious auditorium, a lavish boardroom suite, and more. Architecture, art, and exceptional service: the Museum is the perfect place for celebrations, special events, or meetings. The Museum has a full-time support staff to plan and execute your event, and catering is available on-site through Café Calatrava Catering.
Tour our unique and inspiring spaces
Designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, the pavilion has become the forefront of Milwaukee’s lakefront and an international icon to the city.
With extensive views of Milwaukee‘s lakefront, Café Calatrava is both the Museum’s daily dining spot and a desirable rental space.
Schroeder & Baumgartner Gallerias
Each galleria, has proved to be an unequaled site for holiday parties, banquets, exhibitions, fundraising receptions, and even fashion runway shows.
Guests enjoy the upsweep of the Museum’s architecture, the greenery of South Lawn, the Cudahy Gardens, and views of Lake Michigan.
Northwestern Mutual & Quadracci Suites
The Northwestern Mutual Room opens directly into Windhover Hall, while the Quadracci Suite features a kitchenette, cloakroom, and private restroom.
This state-of-the-art auditorium offers an elegant audio-visual experience. It has a curved stage and tiered and upholstered seating and comfortably seats 265 guests.
Windhover Hall is the illustrious grand reception hall within Quadracci Pavilion and the Museum’s single largest rental space.
Nothing compares to the soaring elegance of the Quadracci Pavilion for ceremonies and receptions. Wedding parties frequent the Museum grounds daily to use the beautiful architecture, set against Lake Michigan and Milwaukee’s cityscape, as backdrop for their pictures. When you host your wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the entire Quadracci Pavilion is yours: Windhover Hall, Lubar Auditorium, the Northwestern Mutual Meeting Room and Quadracci Suite, Baumgartner Terrace, and both Baumgartner & Schroeder Gallerias. Your wedding party and photographer will have access to exquisite views, stunning interiors, and a breathtaking, memorable experience.
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Photo, Film + Commercial Shoots
The Milwaukee Art Museum offers many interesting locations for commercial filming and photography. Audi, Porsche, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical are among those who have used Museum settings. The innovative spaces within and around the Museum provide a unique backdrop. Staff is experienced at providing technical support and service throughout the duration of your session. Please review our Photo & Film Licensing Policy and Photo & Film Permission Policy for details.
Need help planning your event?
Booking a rental and hosting an event at the Milwaukee Art Museum is easy. The Museum's Events department and Sales & Events Coordinators help you through the rental and event planning process, keeping the focus on what will make your gathering a success.
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The finished works of Catering by Café Calatrava—the tastes, sights, aromas—deliver culinary artistry and elevate the senses. The catering menu is designed as a template, from which to customize menu selections and dishes to fit your culinary preferences and your specific event.
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