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Our Resolution in 2018 is to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

What’s your resolution for 2018? We’re here to help you keep it.

Unknown, Untitled [family portrait] (detail), ca. 1810. Oil on canvas. Purchase, Leonard and Bebe LeVine Art Acquisition Fund M2010.34. Photo by John R. Glembin

Every year, millions of Americans make resolutions to start on New Year’s Day. The Milwaukee Art Museum always wants to inspire you, but your art museum also wants to inspire you to reach your goals this year.

Getting healthy
Wendell Castle (American, 1932–2018), Walking Cabinet, 1988. Painted wood, cast aluminum, and mappa burl veneer. Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd M1989.112

Maybe your resolution is to get more fit in 2018. If you’re starting out, walking around the Museum can help you get your steps in without braving the cold—with better scenery than a treadmill screen.

Ready to step it up? The Museum offers Saturday morning yoga once a month right in Windhover Hall with a view of the lake.

And, if you’re getting in marathon shape, our East End entrance is ready for you after your run along the lake so you can rest, warm up, cool down, or reward yourself with a hot cup of tea. Both the East End and Café Calatrava have healthy options for lunch when you’re ready to refuel.

Spending quality time

Want to have more fun with the people you care about?

Unknown, Untitled [family portrait], ca. 1810. Oil on canvas. Purchase, Leonard and Bebe LeVine Art Acquisition Fund M2010.34. Photo by John R. Glembin

If your special someones are kids, Kohl’s Art Generation Studio is open every day the Museum is open with activities for you to make art together and help younger visitors to connect to the exhibitions.

Need a more regular guys’ or girls’ night out? MAM After Dark has you covered. Friday night dance-and-art parties at the Museum get you full Museum experience plus a dance floor, drinks, and do-it-yourself art projects. Whether your crew wants to form a trivia team, tackle a scavenger hunt, or start up a conversation about art, it’s a more inspiring get together.

A day holding hands in the galleries, an adventurous evening tasting, a glamorous gala, the Museum is a perfect date spot for any kind of date (let alone one of Milwaukee’s favorite spots to propose and get married).

Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911–1986), The Thinking Woman (La Femme qui Pense), 1947. Oil on cardboard. Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.113. Photo by Efraim Lev-er

And of course the Museum is one of the best places to have a bit of time for yourself. When the world seems stressful, putting in some earphones with your favorite playlist or an exhibition audio guide and focusing on the experience can make for a magical day.

Whether you sit in front of your favorite art, wander every corner or sip a glass of wine as you watch the waves of Lake Michigan in Cafe Calatrava, it’s an ideal place to de-stress.


Is this the year you bring more beautiful things into your space? You can take home a reproduction of your favorite piece from the Museum Store.

Ready for one-of-a-kind? On February 17, Artnonymous, a new event from the Museum’s Friends of Art, combines an evening out with an opportunity to bring home an original 12 x 12 canvas by an emerging artist or local luminary.

If your home is already of showcase of amazing art, perhaps its time to join a Museum support group to help the Museum as well as learn about and grow your collection.


Yes, art is inspiring. But you don’t have to just take it in.

Warrington Colescott (American, 1921–2018), My German Trip: At Munich I Challenge Thomas Mann, I Lose. We Discuss His Idea for a Short Novel, Based in Venice, 1992. Purchase with funds from Print Forum M2006.38.8. Photo by Michael Tropea. © Warrington Colescott

The Museum welcomes sketching in the galleries with graphite or colored pencils—whether you want to study the art or the passersby.

Every work on view in the Museum has inspired at least one poem or story. Whether you scrawl in a notebook or type on a laptop, there is at least one literary muse waiting for you at the Museum.


The Museum is a private non-profit that relies on the generosity of its Members and donors and we welcome your support.

We also partner with a number of local and regional nonprofits to make our community everything it can be. Regular events invite you to discover, learn, and participate.

For the month of January, we will be collecting canned and jarred, non-refrigerated food for Hunger Task Force at the admissions desk. Bring in a food item and you’ll get a ticket good for a hot chocolate or coffee at Windhover Coffee or the East End in the Museum. It’s a simple way to get going on giving back.

Whatever you want to achieve in 2018, your art museum is ready to help you do it. What’s your resolution?

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