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The Milwaukee Art Museum | Wedding Venue

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If you love modern architecture, neutral aesthetics, and dramatic vistas, then the Milwuakee Art Museum might be the perfect wedding venue for you! Founded in 1888, the museum hosts more than 32,000 unique art pieces and serves as a striking option for your wedding ceremony and reception after the property closes to patrons.

Read on complete guide to plan your wedding at the Milwaukee Art Museum including facilities, pricing, and amenities.

The Venue at the Milwaukee Art Musuem

Ceremony and Reception Locations

Quadracci Pavilion

If you want to say “I do” with one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Midwest, then the Milwaukee Art Musuem’s Quadracci Pavilion is as iconic as it gets, with towering white walls, plenty of oversized windows overlooking Lake Michigan for ample natural light, and white marble floors to match. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this addition to the musuem includes an auditorium and two long gallerias.

Schroeder and Baumgartner Gallerias

Both of these gallerias feature stunning white architectural details to add a modern twist to your nuptials and are perfectly sized for cocktails and other informal gatherings.

Baumgartner Terrace

With expansive south-facing views, Baumgartner Terrace is the perfect fair-weather venue for an outdoor dinner or cocktail reception, allowing your guests to appreciate both the modern lines of the museum’s exterior as well as Lake Michigan. The terrace overlooks the museum’s south lawn, which provides 200 x 150 feet of level grass.

Windhover Hall

Located within the Quadracci Pavillion, this is the Milwaukee Art Museuem’s largest rental space, perfectly suited for a seated dinner reception. Windhover Hall can accomodate up to 450 guests seated for dinner, or up to 800 guests cocktail-style.

Every rental agreement for a Milwaukee Art Museum wedding provides access to the entire Quadracci Pavilion (“The Wings”) as well as Windhover Hall, Lubar Auditorium, the Baumgartner Terrace, and both gallerias. You may schedule your ceremony and reception anytime between the hours of 5:30 pm and midnight. Private events such as weddings may only take place after the musuem has closed to the public.

Milwaukee Art Museum Wedding Photos

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Wedding cake in the galleria and ceremony backdrop inside the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavillion.
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Wedding reception at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Windhover Hall.
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Bridal portraits and architectural details in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s galleria.

Milwaukee Art Musuem Wedding Costs

Rental Fees

For the peak wedding season months of May through October, rental fees at the Milwaukee Art Musuem begin at $14,000 for Saturday weddings, and are reduced to $10,000 for Friday or Sunday weddings.

Off-peak weddings (November through April) are priced at $10,000 for Saturday weddings and $7,000 for Friday or Sunday weddings.

Food and Beverage

All culinary options for weddings at the Milwaukee Art Musuem are provided by Cafe Calatrava, the musuem’s in-house catering provider.


Extra amenities for Milwaukee Art Musuem Weddings include:

  • Linens and table settings are available on site. Ask your venue manager for pricing and options.
  • A security fee may apply depending on the length of your event and the number of guests on site.
  • Parking for up to 98 vehicles is available on site at the rate of $8 per car, which you can pay for in advance or have billed to your guests when they exit the property.

How to book the Milwaukee Art Museum

If you are planning a wedding in the Milwaukee metro area, there is no better place in Wisconsin than the Milwaukee Art Museum. It is a dramatic venue that you and your guests will always remember. If you are interested in having your wedding at this iconic location, you can get started by submitting your inquiry at the museum’s rentals and sales web page.

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