Villa Terrace

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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

The Museum’s sprawling, lush gardens are a quiet refuge on Milwaukee’s lakefront. From the Parnassus Terrace to the Demmer Neptune Gate, the Renaissance Garden of Villa Terrace charts a path of beauty from the mansion down to the shores of Lake Michigan. Along the path, visitors encounter foliage, flowerbeds, water features, butterfly gardens and more.

     Inside the mansion, explore the breathtaking beauty of architect David Adler’s Mediterranean vision and learn more about the Villa’s history in the current exhibit “Villa Incognito: Latent Narratives in the Permanent Collection” on view through September 26, 2021. This exhibition examines the mansion and a group of objects from the Villa Terrace collection including reproductions, faux finishes, 20th century copies of 17th century objects, miniature housewares for children and numerous objects with overlapping cultural influences.

 For more information on the exhibit and to make a reservation, visit Villa Terrace's website at


Milwaukee Public Museum

Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition

The United States premiere of the exhibition about the world's most iconic freedom-fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela. The Milwaukee Public Museum and America's Black Holocaust Museum are partnering for the United States debut of Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition, a new, global-touring exhibition by Round Room Live that takes visitors on a personal journey through the life of the world's most iconic freedom-fighter and political leader.

  Designed to educate, entertain, and inspire, this immersive and interactive exhibition features previously unseen film, photos, and the display of more than 150 historical artifacts and personal effects on loan from the Mandela family, museums, and archives worldwide.