According to toppharmacyschools, the Milwaukee Art Museum is quite large and boasts a collection of more than 25,000 exhibits. These are the works of classics, and modern art canvases, mainly by American authors. Very interesting is the modern building of the Quadracci pavilion, the latest addition to the museum: its author was the notorious Santiago Calatrava. The construction cost 100 million USD, but it was probably worth it: today this snow-white futuristic wing has become one of the symbols of the city. The movable solar screen really opens like a bird’s wing several times during the day. Adjacent to the museum is a war memorial designed by architect Jero Saarinen.
In 2009, Milwaukee was ranked 11th on Newsmax magazine’s Top 25 Most Unique American Cities list.
The Groman Museum houses one of the best collections in the world on the evolution of human labor. The Man at Work collection contains more than 700 paintings and sculptures from 1580 to the present day. The museum also boasts a picturesque rooftop sculpture garden.
On the campus of Marquette University is the Haggerty Museum of Art, which owns several classical masterpieces. In addition, the city has the Charles Alice Museum of Art in a beautiful historic building, the Villa Terrace Museum of Decorative Arts in a marvelous private mansion built in 1924 for the Lloyd R. Smith family, and the William Einer Advertising Museum.
The Milwaukee City Museum is devoted primarily to natural and human history. Here, on an area of 14,000 m², there are permanent exhibitions related to the history of the continents starting from the era of dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Here you can also see reconstructions of the tropical rainforest, the streets of old Milwaukee, and the European village.
It is in the Milwaukee City Museum that the largest dinosaur skull in the world is kept.
Another amazing modern museum is Discovery World, dedicated to science. It occupies an interesting cylindrical building right on the shore of the lake, next to the art museum. Here, guests can view many high-tech exhibits, marine and freshwater aquariums, a 12-meter 3D model of the human genome, and a large exhibit on the history of the American Great Lakes.
Another interesting city museum is the beer museum. The idea of founding the museum belonged to private individuals, including one of the Pabst employees. For a long time, the museum wandered back and forth, periodically arranging temporary exhibitions. By the way, the mansion of the beer king F. Pabst, built in 1892 in the style of the Flemish Renaissance, is also a house-museum.
During a speech by President Roosevelt in Milwaukee in 1912, he was wounded by John Schrank, shooting through his eyeglass case and the text of the speech in the President’s pocket. Although wounded, Roosevelt continued his address to the people, while the bloody stain was spreading across his clothes, and spoke for another hour and a half. The wound was not dangerous, and the president carried the bullet in his body until his death from thrombosis 7 years later.
Also in Milwaukee are the Black Holocaust Museum, founded by J. Cameron, a black activist who survived the Lynch trial, the Jewish Museum, the Mitchell Aeronautics Gallery at the airport of the same name, the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum and a very curious nostalgic museum of the past A. Chudnov.
Milwaukee is called the city of festivals. Here in August, firstly, the Wisconsin State Fair takes place, which lasts 11 days. Since 1852, it has been gathering many producers of various goods and services: farmers, restaurateurs, winemakers, cattle breeders. The most popular treat at the fair is French custard cream cakes.
And even more popular is the annual Summerfest on the lake. This music festival is sometimes referred to as “Big Gig”. The festival also lasts 11 days, and at this time, 11 stages are being set up in the Henry Mayer Festival Park, on which more than 700 teams manage to perform. The festival takes place in late June – early July to capture Independence Day as well. Up to a million people visit it every year, and in 1999 the festival entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest music festival in the world.
Most of Milwaukee’s public events take place on the lakefront. Among them are a lot of summer ethnic festivals – Polish in June; French, Greek, Italian and German in July; African, Arabic, Irish, Mexican and Indian in August. In addition, the city hosts the Pride minority festival and the November Trainfest, America’s largest show of steerable model railroad cars.