As we all know, for Mother’s Day, mom will invariably insist that all she wants is to spend time with her children, and that’s true, because moms are undemanding and wonderful. But this year, after taking mom out for brunch, head to the East Side for a Sunday afternoon filled with art, culture, history and beautiful city views.
The Milwaukee Museum Mile is hosting its seventh annual Museum Mile Day on May 13, conveniently coinciding with Mother's Day and presenting a great opportunity to take your eternal mom-gratitude game to the next level.
The Milwaukee Museum Mile is a joint effort of five arts and cultural institutions located on the East Side – the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art at Saint John's On The Lake, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and North Point Lighthouse.
The organization aims to create a simple and more affordable way to access and enjoy multiple museums, while promoting the area as an historically and architecturally appealing destination to residents and visitors alike. The diverse museums are located along a two-mile corridor on North Prospect, Wahl and Terrace Avenues.
Every year, Museum Mile Day offers museumgoers, first-time visitors and their families and friends a chance to discover five of Milwaukee's unique museum gems. On May 13, all MMM museums will have free or reduced admission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as docent-led tours, activities for kids, light refreshments and raffles. While the museums are within walking distance of each other, there will also be a shuttle running every half-hour between them.
Museum Mile Day makes it easy and convenient to experience the rich history, architecture, arts and culture that define our city. And, in addition to the museums, the MMM is a truly scenic experience, featuring breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, stately old mansions and famous landmarks, which can be enjoyed by foot, car or bike.
There will be free admission at the Charles Allis Art Museum, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Saint John’s On The Lake and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, while the North Point Lighthouse Museum will feature reduced prices (ages 12 and up, $5; under 12 and seniors 65 and up are free). At North Point, visitors can climb the lighthouse tower for more unbeatable views.
Each location will hold a raffle, with one grand prize drawing that includes memberships and items from the MMM museums. Current exhibits on display include Clandestine Possessions and Family Time (Charles Allis Art Museum); Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights (Jewish Museum Milwaukee); Captain Roger F. Erdmann, USCG: The Unsung Hero of North Point Lighthouse (North Point Lighthouse); High Thread Count: Art Quilts by Pat Kroth (Saint John’s On The Lake); and FOLD: Artists’ Accordion Books (Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum). There is no Plein Air MKE event this year.
Participants are welcome to park at museum locations where it is available or utilize street parking. Walking and bicycling to the event are also encouraged.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
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