museums

The Harley-Davidson Museum, first and foremost, tells the story of one of the most iconic brands on two wheels. While the majority of the artifacts and vehicles on display are motorcycles, a new exhibit brings to light another pastime that places a lot of stock in going fast.

Joy Powers

For decades, mah jongg has been the signature game of Jewish grandmothers across the U.S. In the digital age, the game has taken on a new life in the form of mah jongg solitaire.

Arthur Szyk / The Arthur Szyk Society

Political cartoons have a rich and often influential history in this country. The 20th century illuminator Arthur Szyk was known as both a caricaturist and provocateur – his work was used in the US propaganda machine during World War II.

But he’s also known for his work in Jewish motifs, and that’s a key reason for the exhibit currently on at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, called Arthur Szyk: The Art of Illumination.

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Until this year, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University had only had two directors in its 30-plus year history.

After Wally Mason left the museum to take a similar job in Nebraska, the university hired Susan Longhenry. She was director of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico.

Courtesy of the Artist / Racine Art Museum

The Racine Art Museum is known for its somewhat quirky rotating exhibits alongside its more serious collection of sculpture, pottery and paintings.

Two temporary exhibits that are very different from each other in nature opened earlier this summer. One explores science fiction and fantasy-based themes of Doctor Who, Star Wars, superheroes, and steampunk, while the other showcases the work of familial artists—couples, parents and children, and siblings.

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When it comes to baseball teams names such as the Milwaukee Brewers, the Boston Red Sox or the Chicago Cubs come to mind. However, what about the Milwaukee Chicks, the Rockford Peaches or the South Bend Blue Sox?

Although they no longer exist today, these teams and many others made up the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 1943 to 1954.

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Take some sugar, some corn syrup, gelatin, and potassium sorbate and you have…art? 

Dan Zaitz

An exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee tells a very personal story. 

Discovery World

The Milwaukee-based Brady Corporation marks its 100th year - in part - with the development of a new exhibit at Discovery World.

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Though this Wisconsin winter has meant a lot of time cooped up kids, the Betty Brinn Children's Museum has just opened an exhibit that brings the outdoors inside.

Bonnie North, Lake Effect

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg has been selected as one of only three museums in the nation to host an internationally renowned Japanese quilt exhibit.

The Milwaukee Art Museum planned an exhibit – with Harley-Davidson in mind. When thousands of riders celebrate its 110th anniversary this month, they can see the museum’s first-ever display of tattoo art.

Two Milwaukee men made it possible - both tattoo artists.  One arrived a long time ago – in 1913, Amund Dietzel. It’s his story, the museum chronicles. There are photographs of him, tattooed from neck to ankle.

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

The streets and shops of a Milwaukee gone by come back to life at a local museum.

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Starting Memorial Day, and running through Labor Day, more than 45 museums across Wisconsin will allow active duty military personnel and up to five family members to visit for free.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the county.

Museums participating in Milwaukee: