Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Average Base Cost: $27,000

Average base cost for a Milwaukee Art Museum wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday evening ceremony and reception using a cost of $100/pp for food and their “elite” bar package for 5 hours. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it Breaks Down

Facility Rental Fee: Wedding rentals include exclusive use of the Quadracci Pavilion, which includes Windover Hall as the main event space for the ceremony and/or reception, the Terrace for an outdoor cocktail hour, and the Baumgartner & Schroeder Gallerias for an indoor cocktail hour. The rental fee breaks down as follows:

  • Saturday: $10,000
  • Friday or Sunday: $7,000

What’s Included: Tables, chairs, as well as an event coordinator from the Museum

Food: Catering by Cafe Calatrava is the exclusive caterer for food & beverage service. Prices range from $23-$38 per dozen for passed appetizers, $32-$56/pp for plated entrees (which include a salad), and $6/pp for dessert. Outside vendors for dessert may be allowed. There is a $2/per plate cake cutting fee.

Beverage: Bar packages for 5-6 hours range from $30/pp  for beer and wine, $38/pp for the “classic” full bar package (IE: Svedka), $46/pp for the “premium” (IE: Reyka & Absolut), and $52 for the “elite” (IE: Grey Goose & Ketel One). You can also opt for a consumption bar for $6-$9/per drink depending on alcohol selected.

Photo by Olivia Leigh
Photo by Olivia Leigh

More Stats

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: Windover Hall can accommodate up to 400 people seated, the Terrace 200 people standing, and the Gallerias up to 300 people standing.

Bridal Suite: Yes

Parking: Parking in the Museum’s underground parking is $8.00 per car after 5 PM and can be billed to the group hosting the event or individuals may pay for parking on their own. Parking of comparable pricing is available across Lincoln Memorial Parkway in the O’Donnell Park facility. The Milwaukee Art Museum and the O’Donnell facility are easily accessible via the Reiman footbridge that spans over the Lincoln Memorial Parkway and takes your guests directly to a circular glass elevator as part of the main entrance of the Museum.

How Will Grandma Get There? The Milwaukee Art Museum is located in downtown Milwaukee, which has a ton of hotels such as the Plaza Hotel Milwaukee and Aloft.

Party On! Private events may begin after 5:30 and must end by midnight (although the setup starts earlier in the day).

Photo by Olivia Leigh
Photo by Olivia Leigh

The Report

The Milwaukee Art Center (now the Milwaukee Art Museum) was formed in 1957 and holds over 30,000 pieces of art (including the largest selection of works from Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keefe). The Quadracci Pavilion, where most events take place, was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in 2001. It features a movable brise soleil that can open to a wingspan of  217 feet. Fun fact: The Quadracci Pavilion was featured in the 2011 film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Woman Getting Married Says

This has to be one of the coolest museum venues I’ve seen. I mean, it seriously looks like something straight out of the The Jetsons. With a venue this architecturally stunning I would do very little in terms of decor. I would most likely splurge on wedding chairs (the ghost chairs pictured above are an amazing choice), and pick accents (like flowers) in bright colors.The venue is pretty much in the middle in terms of pricing, but the pictures you’ll get here? Priceless.

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 10
Location 9
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 8

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