Villa Terrace Renaissance GardenVilla Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

This Italian Renaissance-style villa, designed and built by architect David Adler in 1923, was originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family. The Villa Terrace features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik and a formal Garden.


Mission Statement

The mission of Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is to fully utilize both historic house Museums, gardens and their art collections for education and community enrichment. As part of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Corporation, the Museums honor the war dead by serving as "living memorials."



Coming soon

The Transformation of Everyday Objects

January 27 – April 11, 2010

Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 27, 2010   
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is proud to present Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Everyday Objects. The exhibition brings together six Wisconsin artists each with their own interpretation of the decorative arts and whose work transforms everyday objects, blurring the boundaries of function, aesthetics and concept.

Works by:

Ray Chi

Kim Cridler

Albin Erhart

Frankie Flood

Jennifer Harris

Fo Wilson

    Frankie Flood, Pizza Cutters, 2009

Café Sopra Mare

Sponsored by Friends of Villa Terrace

Join us for live music on the first Sunday of each month as Cafe moves indoors for the fall/winter seasoin.  Admission to Cafe Sopra Mare during the fall/winter season is $5/person, $3/senior & student, and free for museum members and active military.  Includes admission to the museum.  Specialty coffee, tea and refreshments are available for purchase. 

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