Set on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a wonderfully scenic place for a wedding. The city offers plenty of venues perfect for traditional weddings, including elegant ballrooms, garden terraces, and spacious banquet halls, but it also has an astonishing number of options for couples who would prefer a more unique venue. If you'd like to tie the knot in a horticultural dome filled with desert plants, under a massive tank of fish at Discovery World, or in a museum gallery filled with ancient Egyptian mummies, there's no better place to have your special day than Milwaukee. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.1451 Renaissance Place

1451 Renaissance Place
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Formerly a Christian Science church, 1451 Renaissance Place is now a stunning banquet hall that can seat up to 300 people. Most of the building's original architectural features have been well preserved, including the gilded columns, marble staircase, elaborate woodwork, and soaring vaulted ceiling, and the space provides some truly excellent photo opportunities. The dining room features several fireplaces and a dance floor, and the decor can be customized to suit the style of almost any wedding. The services of a professional wedding planner are included in all wedding packages, and the venue's bartenders will be available to serve drinks all throughout the evening.

1451 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-272-1451

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2.3041 North

3041 North
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Established in 2013, 3041 North is an elegant urban country club with plenty of experience in hosting weddings and other special events. A professional event coordinator is available to assist couples with every aspect of planning their special day, and wedding packages include everything from food and beverage services to professional photography and armed on-site security. The staff will also make sure that the space is beautifully decorated according to your exact specifications. Last but not least, the space boasts a high-quality sound system perfect for DJs and other entertainment, and a dance floor and stage are available.

3041 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208, Phone: 414-810-3131

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3.Black Swan MKE

Black Swan MKE
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Offering three sophisticated event venues to choose from, Black Swan MKE has been making it possible for couples to have their dream weddings since 2008. Two of the venues boast excellent views of the water; one is located right on the Milwaukee River, and the other is perched overlooking Lake Michigan. The third venue was formerly a knitting plant, and it combines an industrial style with an open, airy space. An experienced host will be available to answer questions, and the company has excellent relationships with vendors who can provide everything you need for your wedding, including catering, music, event rentals, and professional videography.

309 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 262-618-4336

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4.Boerner Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens
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Part of the beautiful Whitnall Park, the Boerner Botanical Gardens consist of five elegantly landscaped formal gardens that can be used for weddings year round. The gardens themselves are perfect for romantic wedding ceremonies and photos, but there are also plenty of lovely indoor spaces for when it's time to move the celebration indoors. The largest reception venue is a banquet hall that can accommodate 288 seated guests, but there are also two smaller venues that can be used for more intimate affairs of approximately 50 to 100 people. Tables and chairs are included, and on-site parking is available free of charge.

9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI 53130, Phone: 414-525-5600

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5.Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Brown Deer Boathouse

Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Brown Deer Boathouse
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Managed by the Milwaukee County Park system, the Brown Deer Boathouse is perched on a small hill overlooking a lagoon in the park that shares its name. The lagoon and the surrounding forest provide the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos, and the house's wood and stone exterior gives the venue a decidedly rustic but elegant feel. The space can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests, and in the summer, wedding parties will have access to the patio as well as to the upper level of the home. Tables and chairs are included, and there is a kitchenette that can be used for food prep.

7835 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209, Phone: 414-352-8220

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6.Best Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Coast

Best Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Coast
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One of the premier event spaces operated by the Zilli Hospitality Group, Coast is an elegant reception venue that offers stunning views of the nearby Lake Michigan. The design and decor of the space were inspired by the sea, and appealing curved walkways lead guests from the bar to the lounge to the outdoor patio. Coast also features a cozy fireplace and a grand piano that can be used for evening entertainment. Catering is done in-house, and couples are encouraged to meet with the company's food mixologists to do tastings and create the perfect customized menu.

931 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-5555

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7.Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Cuvee

Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Cuvee
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A sophisticated loft-style venue with exposed cream brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, Cuvee is another of the Zilli Hospitality Group's beautiful event spaces. The venue occupies the top floor of a historic landmark building constructed in 1893, and it can accommodate events with up to 200 seated guests. The basic rental fee includes tables and chairs, vendor recommendations, access to the on-site catering kitchen, and the services of an event coordinator on the day of the wedding. Complete ceremony and reception packages are also available for couples who would like more assistance planning their special day.

177 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-225-9800

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8.Discovery World - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue

Discovery World - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
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If you're looking for a unique place to have your wedding, there's no better place in Milwaukee than Discovery World, where the event spaces are managed by Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue. There are multiple exciting spaces to choose from, including a circular ballroom with panoramic views of the water and the city skyline, a 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor pavilion, and an aquarium room where couples can celebrate while surrounded by tanks full of marine life. The spaces can accommodate between 50 and 800 guests depending on the layout, and food and beverage services are provided by Bartolotta Catering.

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-765-8610

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9.Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Grace Center

Wedding Venues in Milwaukee: Grace Center
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Situated right next to the Grace Lutheran Church, the Grace Center is a downtown event space perfect for traditional wedding receptions. The center offers two venues to choose from: the bright and airy Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 250 people, and a more intimate atrium suitable for events with up to 50 guests. Both spaces feature a beautiful but minimal decor, making them the ideal blank slate for couples to customize with their own decorations. Catering and bar services must be provided by one of the venue's preferred vendors, and use of the catering kitchen is included in the rental fee.

250 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-271-3006

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10.Marcus Performing Arts Center

Marcus Performing Arts Center
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Home to many of the city's best arts organizations, the Marcus Performing Arts Center provides an elegant backdrop for both small and large weddings. The charming garden is the perfect place for a romantic outdoor ceremony, and indoor event spaces include an airy atrium with glass walls and the Bradley Pavilion, which features a private balcony and beautiful views of the Riverwalk. The venue will help with everything from transportation to equipment rentals, and food is provided exclusively by Sazama’s Fine Catering, where the culinary experts have plenty of experiencing in designing custom wedding menus to suit every taste imaginable.

929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-7121

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11.Milwaukee Wedding Venues: Marcus Weddings

Milwaukee Wedding Venues: Marcus Weddings
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Marcus Weddings is one of the city's top wedding specialists, and they offer three distinct venues to choose from, with something to suit almost every style of wedding. The historic Pfister Hotel is the venue to choose if you've always dreamed of having a traditionally elegant ballroom wedding, while the Hilton Milwaukee City Center provides a spectacular Art Deco setting. Couples planning a more modern wedding can book the stylish Saint Kate. No matter which of the three venues you choose, Marcus Weddings will set you up with a wedding packages that includes customized catering, beverage services, and whatever other assistance you might need.

424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-390-3802

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12.Married In Milwaukee

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Owned and operated by a friendly husband and wife team, Married In Milwaukee is a local company that was created to connect couples with the city's best wedding vendors. Although they're not wedding planners, they're an invaluable resource for anyone trying to plan a wedding, and they offer recommendations for everything from the best caterers to where to host your bachelor and bachelorette parties. They also offer plenty of tips and information to help make the planning process go as smoothly as possible, including detailed cost breakdowns of real weddings that have taken place in the Milwaukee area.

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13.Miller Room

Miller Room
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Located at the Zilli Lake and Gardens, the Miller Room is a modern event venue that boasts beautiful views of the nearby lake and the surrounding gardens. The L-shaped room can hold up to 245 people seated at round tables, and it features a dance floor, multilevel lighting, and a wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light. The large terrace that wraps around the room is the perfect place for guests to mingle during a cocktail hour, and ceremonies can be held either here or in the one of the beautiful neighboring gardens.

910 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-5555

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14.Milwaukee County War Memorial Center

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
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Constructed to honor the veterans who lost their lives in World War II, the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center is an excellent waterfront venue for ceremonies and receptions. The center offers both indoor and outdoor sites, and most couples choose to take advantage of both by having their ceremony outside on the plaza and their reception inside the elegant third-floor banquet hall, which offers spectacular views of the city skyline. Tables and chairs are included in the rental rate, as is the initial set-up, and couples will also have access to a dance floor for the banquet hall.

750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-5533

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15.Milwaukee Wedding Venues: Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Wedding Venues: Milwaukee Public Museum
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With its world-class natural and human history exhibits, the Milwaukee Public Museum is a truly memorable place to tie the knot. The museum allows many of their exhibits to be used as event spaces, meaning that guests can mingle while surrounded by Ancient Egyptian mummies or under the shadow of an exotic humpback whale skeleton. Sit down dinner receptions can also be held in the Steigleder Gallery, a designated event space with soaring ceilings and elegant chandeliers. Catering and other wedding services are provided by the Zilli Hospitality Group, who are happy to help couples customize their menu and decor.

800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, Phone: 414-278-2728

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16.Mitchell Park Conservatory - The Domes

Mitchell Park Conservatory - The Domes
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Officially known as the Mitchell Park Conservatory, "The Domes" are three unique horticultural domes filled with a diverse array of beautiful plant life. Each of the three domes has a different theme, allowing couples to choose the perfect backdrop for their dream wedding. The Desert Dome and the Tropical Dome showcase the most striking plants from the two regions, while the Floral Dome features colorful floral arrangements designed to celebrate a historical or cultural theme. Winding walkways make it easy for guests to explore and enjoy the landscapes, and each space can hold up to 500 guests.

524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215, Phone: 414-257-5611

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17.Pritzlaff Events

Pritzlaff Events
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Built in 1875, the Pritzlaff Building is a historic warehouse space that has been transformed into a stunning venue managed by Pritzlaff Events. The venue offers more than 26,000 square feet of space split into four separate rooms with different capacities; the largest can accommodate up to 350 guests, while the smallest has a maximum of 180 people. The spaces can be booked either separately or together depending on the size and style of your celebration, and they all feature beautiful architectural details such as cream-colored brick walls, Victorian-style windows, or lofty ceilings supported with industrial-age beams.

333 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-433-6088

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18.Milwaukee Wedding Venues: South Second

Milwaukee Wedding Venues: South Second
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Found in the heart of the city's vibrant, diverse Walker's Point neighborhood, South Second is an unforgettable event venue located inside a historic industrial building. The spacious main floor can accommodate up to 250 people seated at round tables, and the building also features a second-floor mezzanine lounge overlooking the room below. The venue offers all-inclusive packages that take care of everything from event rentals to flowers and decor, and the event planning team is happy to help couples customize every last detail to their liking. Catering is done in-house, and both plated and buffet options are available.

838 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Phone: 414-256-8765

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19.The Annex

The Annex
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Known to locals as the "glass house", the Annex is a 15,000-square-foot greenhouse located in Mitchell Park. In addition to letting in plenty of natural light, the building's glass walls and windows provide stunning views of the sky and the surrounding gardens, allowing guests to feel like they're celebrating outdoors without having to worry about the hassle of inclement weather. The space can accommodate up to 350 people for a seated reception, and it can be decorated with garden lights and floral arrangements to add to the ambiance. An aisle runner is also available for ceremonies.

524 S. Layton Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53215, Phone: 414-425-8550

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20.Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding Venues: The Box MKE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding Venues: The Box MKE
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Thanks to its open floor plan and neutral color palette, the Box MKE is one of the city's most customizable event venues. The space features beautiful cream brick walls and polished hardwood floors that match almost any choice of decor and furniture, but if you'd like to keep it simple, the venue offers several pieces of unique, eclectic furniture that complement the space perfectly and are available at no extra charge. Couples can bring in any vendors of their choice, but they can also choose from a list of preferred vendors who have experience with the space.

311 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-551-5021

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21.Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding Venues: The Bradley Pavilion

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding Venues: The Bradley Pavilion
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Overlooking the scenic Milwaukee Riverwalk, the Bradley Pavilion is a beautiful banquet hall with floor to ceiling glass windows and a private balcony. As one of the spaces at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the pavilion offers in-house bar services and delicious food provided by its catering partner, and couples will have the assistance of an experienced event planner to help with everything from choosing centerpieces to planning their menu. The space can accommodate up to 480 guests seated at round tables, and couples are welcome to have their ceremony amidst the flowers at the neighboring Fitch Garden patio.

929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-273-7121

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22.The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue

The Grain Exchange - A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue
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Conveniently located downtown in the Mackie Building, the Grain Exchange is an elegant, unforgettable ballroom venue managed by A Bartolotta Catering & Events Venue. The majestic three-story room boasts lofty ceilings and a 175-foot indoor bell tower, but the real highlight of the space are the detailed frescoes illustrating the city's rich history. The space can hold either 325 or 350 seated guests depending on whether or not a dance floor is set up, and event planners are available to help decide on a seating plan. Catering is done in-house, and couples can expect customized four-star menus designed to match the theme of their wedding.

225 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-727-6980

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23.Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding Venues: The Villa Filomena

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding Venues: The Villa Filomena
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Dating back to 1874 when it was constructed as a residence for a local Great Lakes Captain, the Villa Filomena is a stunning Victorian mansion with a rich history. Romantic outdoor ceremonies can be held on the sophisticated Garden Terrace, which can accommodate up to 125 guests, and couples then have the option to continue the celebration on the terrace or move the party inside. With its twenty-six chandeliers and its two bars, the grand ballroom is perfect for receptions with up to 225 guests, but couples can also book the charming parlor for more intimate affairs. Wedding planning services are offered by the venue.

1119 N Marshall St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-289-0333

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24.Turner Hall Ballroom Weddings

Turner Hall Ballroom Weddings
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Originally intended as a place for local artists to display their work, the Turner Hall Ballroom is an elegant but rustic-feeling venue located right in the heart of downtown. The space boasts architectural features such as high ceilings, a lovely balcony, and soaring windows, and it's equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning and concert-quality sound and lighting. An experienced event coordinator and a full team of event staff are available as needed, but couples are welcome to bring in their own caterer and vendors for everything except bar service, which is provided by the venue.

1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: 414-286-6164

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Attraction Spotlight: Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum houses approximately 341,000 square feet of art that represents a variety of art forms throughout the ages.

In the 1870s Milwaukee, Wisconsin was a lively industrial city that lacked a concentration of art. So, in 1972 a group of organizations came together to bring art and culture to Milwaukee. One of the members, Frederick Layton, played a critical role in establishing a prominent art scene in Milwaukee. Layton hired renowned British architects, W. J. and G. A. Audsley, as well as compiling a collection of 38 paintings to create the first permanent art gallery in Milwaukee, named the Layton Art Gallery.

Shortly after Layton founded his art gallery, the Milwaukee Art Association was founded. The Milwaukee Art Association quickly moved to a new building near the Layton Art Gallery and changed their name to the Milwaukee Art Society. By 1914, the Milwaukee Art Society was extremely popular and offered a variety of special events and educational programs to the general public. Then, in 1916 the Milwaukee Art Society changed their name, once again, to the Milwaukee Art Institute.

Following the educational standard set by the Milwaukee Art Institute, the Layton Art Gallery began creating innovative programs under the gallery’s director, Charlotte Partridge. As the Layton Art Gallery began to grow, the Milwaukee Art Institute’s director, Alfred Pelikan, began to form a partnership with the members of the Layton Art Gallery. This partnership grew until the late 1950s when the Milwaukee Art Institute and Layton Art Gallery merged together, which created the Milwaukee Art Center.

Throughout the late 1960s to the early 1980s, the Milwaukee Art Center continued to expand architecturally, educationally, and artistically. Large donations from renowned art collectors, such as Mrs. Harry (Peg) Lynde Bradley, helped the Milwaukee Art Center expand. Finally, in the early 1980s, the Milwaukee Art Center became officially recognized by the American Association of Museums and became known as the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is fortunate to have a large and comprehensive permanent art collection that features some of the work that Mr. Layton used to create his art gallery. The museum’s permanent attractions include over 25,000 pieces of art work that date back from ancient times. The Milwaukee Art Museum is mostly regarded for their extensive permanent collection of German Expressionist art, Haitian art, and American decorative art.

The Mrs. Harry L. Bradley Collection displays the magnificent art work that Mrs. Harry L. Bradley donated in the early 1970s. This extensive permanent collection was the leading reason why the Bradley Wing was built in 1975. Some of the highlights of this collection include European prints and sculptures, as well as American paintings and prints that date from the 19th century to 1970.

The Floyd and Josephine Segel Collection of Photography contains approximately 300 photographs from a variety of renowned photographers, such as Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Irving Penn, Garry Winogrand, and Billy Brandt.

The Maurice and Esther Leah Ritz Collection showcases around 300 pieces of art work that encompasses German Expressionist art and the Ashcan school. Some of the featured artists include; Alexej von Jawlensky, Jacques Villon, Paul Gauguin, and Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Like any other renowned museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum frequently houses traveling art exhibitions. In order to get an idea of the typical special attractions the museum showcases, here are two of the current special attractions:

Ralston Crawford: Art is for Every Day showcases Ralston Crawford’s influence from the environment and the jazz age in New Orleans. Crawford was known for creating art that resembled everyday life, yet was still thought provoking. This exhibit is on display until January 29, 2017.

Paper Play: Kindergarten to Contemporary Art explores how contemporary art can be fun, exciting, and educational. Visitors can explore how various contemporary artists applied educational foundations that were made by the creator of kindergarten, Friedrich Frobel. This exhibit is on display until July 16, 2017.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is home to a variety of educational programs for people of all ages. Their expansive and innovative educational programs include; group activities, specialized tours, discussions and lectures, and classes. There are several programs that occur on specific nights of the week and also workshops where participants can learn how to create art themselves.

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700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-224-3200

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Attraction Spotlight: Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Located in Milwaukee, WI, the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear is a history museum containing an extensive array of American memorabilia. Gathered by lawyer and artifact collector Avrum (Abe) M. Chudnow (1913–2005) throughout his lifetime, the artifacts focus primarily on the early 20t.century and the Jewish community in Milwaukee. The museum is run by a non-profit organization that maintains the site.

History

Abe inherited his interest in collecting artifacts from his father, who worked as a junk peddler. The collection reflects Abe’s range of jobs, a military posting, a law degree from Marquette University Law School, and childhood paraphernalia. Over time, the collection grew from the basement of Abe’s home to the office where he held his management and law company. He decided to formally open the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear in 1991. A curator was hired to catalogue the items and Abe loaned out much of his collection to synagogues, museums, societies, and schools as exhibits. After Abe’s death in 2005, his family turned his office into the permanent location of the museum, and the doors were opened to the public in 2012.

Permanent Collections and Exhibits

The collection spans the period from the late 19t.century to the latter part of the 20th century.

The Toy Store showcases large display cabinets filled with toys, models, board games, and other age-old artifacts. A table and chairs complete the room with a ready-to-play game of Monopoly set up in place. Located on the upper floor, this exhibit like others features white buttons on the walls that, when pressed, play short informational audio recordings.

The Saxe Brothers Movie Palace exhibit, located on the upper floor, represents several of the well-known movie theaters of Milwaukee in the early 20t.century. Complete with seating, bronze-style busts, theater curtains, and informational films on Abe Chudnow and the exhibits, this small exhibit displays a traditional Milwaukee cinematic experience. The name is based on Saxe Amusement Enterprises, a company that owned 42 movie theaters in Wisconsin at the time.

The Dr. Eisenberg Clinic is a further exhibit on the upper level. The building housing the museum was originally a doctor’s clinic dating back to the 1920s, where Dr. Joseph Eisenberg was a doctor, and many of the items on display come from Dr. Eisenberg himself. The exhibit displays a post-World War I waiting room with period furniture and elaborate decorations as well as medical books. The chest of drawers also displays the implements and instruments a doctor would have used during that time period.

The Schlitz Room features poster advertisements, beer bottles, soda bottles, and cans of malt syrup. The Fashion Dress Room showcases scarves, hats, and dresses as worn during the era. Further rooms upstairs are a period-style bathroom with toiletries, a four-shelf display of vintage cameras entitled “The Camera Alcove,” and a barber shop display, complete with hair cutting equipment, chair, and shelving. Through the barber shop is a secret speakeasy room with a counter and Prohibition era alcohol on display.

The first floor contains a plethora of rooms. The Grafman Grocery Store is modeled on the original store that was situated at 603 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, and run by the Grafman family. Displaying food tins dating back to the 1920s and 1930s as well as the real weighing scales from the original store, this exhibit contains a counter and several cabinets full of packages, bottles, and boxes.

The ice cream counter exhibit is located close to the entrance, showcasing the style and products found in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, complete with a washing basin and tall ice cream glasses.

The kitchen features an old-style kitchen with stoves, cookware, and an assortment of household items. The Union Depot exhibition presents mannequins dressed in a selection of period clothing, with accessories and jewelry of the time. Within the Political Room there is a life-sized model of Robert La Follette alongside politically themed memorabilia, posters, and buttons.

The pharmacy is a vintage-designed room filled with wooden framed cabinets with glass fronts, a counter, and an old-fashioned cash register. The products on display are packaged soaps, tonics, medicinal items, and medical devices.

The museum contains a small gift shop, situated on the first floor near the entrance. The items on sale include pens, vintage-style sodas, postcards, and other period-themed products.

839 North 11th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, Phone: 414-273-1680

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