The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts is located less than two miles from the downtown campus of the Racine Art Museum (see separate listing).
The former Wustum home, an 1856 Italianate-style farmhouse, is the center of the campus that originally housed the museum's permanent collection. By the 1990s, the collection had grown so large that the museum's galleries could only exhibit about 10% of it in one year. That inspired the museum's plans for a future location, which is now the Racine Art Museum in downtown Racine.
Wustum has been home to nationally recognized annual exhibitions since the early 1980s. These exhibitions feature works in fine art and craft media that are organized around specific themes. Each show is designed to emphasize the common ideas shared by local and regional participating artists. Both campuses work together perfectly to create a wonderful art experience in Racine.
The Wustum Museum campus includes 13 acres of park, a one-acre formal garden, designed by famed Wisconsin landscape architect Alfred Boerner, and a 1966 classroom/studio addition.