Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 North Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202


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Housed in a mansion above Lake Michigan, designed and built in 1923 in the style of a 16th century Northern Italian villa, museum collections include furnishings and works of art from the 15th through the 18th centuries. 

Also featured is an interpretation of the life and work of a late 19th/early 20th century Artisan Blacksmith Cyril Colnik, an integral part of Milwaukee's architectural history. The display features the implements of a blacksmith shop, complete with forge, anvil and black-smithing tools, and historical photos of the blacksmith's creative process.

Exhibitions & Dates

  • House of Risk

    Oct 18 2018 - Jan 27 2019

    Immersive exhibition explores the textures, materials and histories of the Villa Terrace's unique rooms

  • Play (things)

    Oct 18 2018 - Jan 27 2019

    Explore how rules relate to the creation of architecture