The Milwaukee Art Museum is a gem of a museum. There is the largest collection of German genre painting and Mettlach Steins in the US (fitting for what some consider the most German-American city, take that Zin-Zin-Atti) and a small holding of the greats, a Picasso, a Monet (Waterloo Bridge, one of many takes), a Renoir, Pissaro, etc.
I find it manageable in scale, you can see the whole thing in a day, it isn’t a palatial holding, and the situating of the building by the lake with lots of incredible views help punctuate the artwork. Its delightful and I don’t feel like it’s a chore to visit. To be clear, I love the giant museums as well, like the Met, but they are so big, you have to be decisive, do I see the Egyptian hall or the Impressionists (if you’re like me, ideally both, but time allowances and lines make it a challenge). Personally, if I go to Paris, I would likely go to the dozens of smaller art collections or artist specific ones (the Rodin museum for instance) than the Louvre, I don’t want to wait in line to see the Mona Lisa, and I suspect it would underwhelm me. Art museums should be quiet and peaceful places of contemplation, and I won’t jockey with half of humanity to see a painting on the screen of another tourist’s iPhone.
I digress, as I tend to.
What I like about the museum most perhaps is the building itself. It truly is a feat of engineering. I have written about it before, and there are countless other articles that exist that can provide more insight into the engineering or design aspects. So, here is a picture instead, they say they are worth 1,000 words.