The Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is home to the Charles and Sarah Allis collection of 19th century French and American paintings. Their collection includes more than 2,000 years worth of art and antique furnishings. The museum was designed by Alexander Eschweiler and hosts a variety of events throughout the year including lectures, movies, and events. They feature a vibrant musical series each year featuring different muscial genres. The event is free of charge and offers hor d'oeuvres and cash bar, in addition to the music. Visitors to the event are welcome to view the mansion exhibits while attending.
The mission of the museum is "... to fully utilize both historic house museums, gardens and their art collection for education and community enrichment. As part of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Corporation, the Museum honors the war dead by serving as `living memorials.''' The museum is located one block north of Brady Street on the corner of Prospect and Royall. It is considered a "vibrant, urbran center for Wisconsin artists'' and it makes it a priority to support the art community in Milwaukee. There are exhibits featured in the museum that change on the regular basis and feature the work of area artists. The emphasis at the museum has always been on fine art. The collection and exhibits include paintings, drawings, photography, print making, and sculpture. The tudor-style mansion features the original furnishings of the Allis'.
Those who enjoy visiting the museum can host special events on the grounds around and inside the mansion. From corporate retreats to wedding receptions and cocktail parties, the space can be rented by the public. There is a list of approved caterers posted on the museum's website, so if you are planning to serve food and beverages, be sure one of these options appeals to you. Event services include: basic audio/visual set-up is available to our clients at no extra charge, including screen, slide projector, podium, and microphone, assistance before, during, and after your event and coordination of delivery schedules, event set up and breakdown, and billing
In respect to Milwaukee traditions, the museum has its own beer. Allis Ale is brewed by Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery and contains only water, hops, yeast, and malted barley. The beer is vibrant golden amber and is described as having a refreshing body. The brew uses a special strain of California Ale Yeast that gives the beer a fruity aroma. Visitors can purchase the beer at the museum, or choose to have it served at private functions at the museum.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 - 5:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for military, students, and seniors 62 and older. Members of the museum and children 12 and under are free. Visitors can pair their visit to the museum with admission to Villa Terrace and Pabst Mansion for a discounted rate. To experience fine art and beautiful surroundings, visit the Charles Allis Art Museum in the heart of Milwaukee's east side.