The Milwaukee Art Museum awakes

(Last Updated On: March 17, 2020)

Watching the Milwaukee Art Museum open its wings

It’s not every day you can watch a building take a morning stretch, unless, of course, you are in Milwaukee. Here visitors and residents alike have that opportunity almost every day when the Santiago Calatrava designed Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum opens and closes its wings.

Milwaukee Art Museum -

Milwaukee Art Museum -

Milwaukee Art Museum -

Milwaukee Art Museum -

Milwaukee Art Museum -

It’s like watching an enormous bird awaking, only in really slow motion.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the waterfront below downtown. The wings are scheduled to open Tuesday – Sunday at 10 a.m., close/reopen at noon, and close at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. on Fridays). They may open or close at other times (or not open at all) as dictated by the weather and maintenance needs.

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2 thoughts on “The Milwaukee Art Museum awakes”

    1. The wings control the amount of light entering the building, although they can’t be out on a windy day even if it is sunny. It was one of the first of those over-the-top museum buildings that seem so ubiquitous today.

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