MainStay Suites Milwaukee Airport
1001 W. College Ave.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Phone: (414) 571-8800
Fax: (414) 571-8820
Arts & Museums
Like the Milwaukee airport, the Mitchell Gallery of Flight is named after General William "Billy" Mitchell, a great military leader and the "Father of the Air Force." The museum features items significant to US aviation history and specifically that of Wisconsin. There is also a section devoted to Billy Mitchell, and on display are many items from airships and air crafts. This museum is free to the public and is definitely worth a visit, certainly for those flying in and out of MKE.
The Haggerty Museum of Art, located on the campus of Marquette University, features thousands of works from both old masters and well as contemporary artists. The collection includes works for such famous artists as Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Keith Haring. This museum is definitely worth a visit, but check their website ahead of time as the museum is currently closed for maintenance.
Discovery World, located at Pier Wisconsin overlooking the lovely Lake Michigan, is a 120,000-square foot facility that highlights science and technology with its saltwater and freshwater aquariums. This diverse museum takes an in depth look at the world of modern technology and even dives under the sea to explore marine life and ecosystems. Discovery World is a definite must for the science lover and it appeals to both adults and children.
More than a century old, this mansion still stands as a testament to the the beer magnate and his subsequent legacy. Opened to the public in 1978 after extensive renovations, it remains one of the finest residences in the city and no cost or innovation would be spared in its redesign. The whole mansion had electricity and plumbing for nine bathrooms when it was built in 1892, a major architectural triumph. Today it has a state-of-the-art heating system which regulates the heat in the mansion with 16 thermostats and custom-built furniture for the majority of its rooms. Now a major tourist attraction, the mansion can also be rented for weddings, business conferences and other events.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a huge complex devoted to natural history and anthropology. It also houses an IMAX theater and Planetarium. The museum, which originally opened in 1882, houses over six million specimens and spans three floors. The exhibits cover all seven continents and trace the origins of early civilizations. The sections devoted to the dinosaurs, to Native American history and to the history of Milwaukee are especially interesting. One other highlight is the butterfly garden, where children and adults alike will be delighted to find a room full of live butterflies!
The Betty Brinn Children's Museum is a great way for families to spend the day together. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits. The museum is divided into four galleries and visitors will find various exhibits exploring how the human body works, some about gravity and space as well as locomotive engineering. There is also a section where younger children can create their own art and a section where older children can "trade places" with adults to learn more about their community and commerce. This museum is guaranteed fun for the whole family.
This small museum located on 11th St. in the former home of Avrum Chudnow is a veritable time-machine that takes you to 1920's Milwaukee. Visitors will find all types of anachronistic Americana from the Roaring Twenties inside this small house. The museum is segmented into different 'stores' some of which include a grocery, shoe cobbler, movie palace, barbershop and even a speakeasy! The replica shops are extremely authentic and they preserve a small slice of Milwaukee as it was almost a century ago.
The Milwaukee Art Museum has four floors and over 40 galleries that feature European and American art from the 15th to the 20th Century. The museum hosts temporary exhibits that highlight paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, folk art, prints, and decorative art. Particularly impressive are the museum's collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionist work, Haitian art, folk art as well as post-1960 American art. The museum also boasts a large collection of works by Georgia O’Keeffe, a Wisconsin native.
Located in the bedroom community of Waukesha just west of Milwaukee, River's End Gallery showcases sculpture, prints, jewelery, ceramics and traditional oil paintings. The space is 3,500 square feet and it primarily highlights artists within Wisconsin, however you will see some pieces by international and national artists as well. There is another location in Elm Grove and it has many of the same objets d'art.
The Grohmann Museum is located on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and truly is one of a kind. Opened in 2007, this museum features a comprehensive collection of art tracing the evolution of men and women in the American workplace. The museum has three floors that feature various exhibits on labor and a roof-top sculpture garden. The museum was named for Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, an avid collector who donated most of the museum's items.
The state-of-the-art Harley-Davidson Museum is heaven for motorcycle enthusiasts. The museum spans two floors and it traces the company's history from the creation of the first bike to the empire it has become. The rooms include historical facts, details on the evolution of motorcycle engines and the history of female riders. There are also many restored bikes on display as well as customized bikes. There is even a section featuring Harley Davidson's presence in film and TV. The museum is highly enjoyable, even for those who are not necessarily interested in motorcycles. There is also a gift shop and cafe.
The Milwaukee Jewish Museum aims to preserve the history of the Jewish people, from the earliest written histories to the Diaspora, this museum displays highly integrative and innovative exhibits. Some highlights include the history of Jews in Milwaukee, rotating exhibits that feature influential Jewish figures such as legal scholar Louis Brandeis or pop artist Andy Warhol and other interesting events like Jewish Singles Night. Check website for event calendar and present exhibitions.