Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is an accredited art museum located in the Fox Cities region of Wisconsin. The art museum opened in 1959 to house the most representative collection of glass paperweights in the world and now holds three additional glass collections including, antique Germanic drinking vessels, Victorian art glass and contemporary studio glass. The museum focuses solely on glass offering temporary exhibitions in this captivating medium. The Glass Studio at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass offers public instruction in flame working and kiln-formed glass making techniques throughout the year for youth and adults. General admission is free, always.
Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.
The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. The Museum’s four floors of over forty galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the Museum’s far-reaching Collection. Included in the Collection are 15th– to 20th–century European and 17th– to 20th–century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art. Among the best in the nation are the Museum’s holding of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. The Museum also holds one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe.
The Racine Art Museum (RAM) holds the largest and most significant contemporary craft collection in North America, with more than 8,000 objects from nationally and internationally recognized artists who create meaningful statements in craft media. RAM’s mission is to elevate the stature of craft to fine arts by presenting ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, polymer, and wood alongside paintings and sculptures. Exhibitions at RAM emphasize ideas behind the artwork, rather than following strict media categories.
For over 55 years we have provided exiting opportunities for our community to participate in the visual arts. Through the founding gift of Dr. Monroe and Sandra Trout and continued support of many benefactors in our community, the growth continues. Regional art competitions, national traveling exhibits, our annual art festival – Art at the Park, studio classes, and educational opportunities for all ages reach tens of thousands of visitors and local residents each year.