Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
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The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Presents “High Tea: A Royal Affair,” Saturday, May 11 from 3 to 5:00 p.m.

In conjunction with our current exhibition of British royal portraiture

By - Apr 30th, 2019 01:37 pm

Milwaukee, WIApril 30, 2019 — The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is pleased to announce “High Tea: A Royal Affair” takes place on the museum’s lakefront terrace Saturday, May 11 from 3 to 5:00 p.m. The afternoon includes a tasting of hot and cold Rishi teas, traditional tea-time sandwiches and scones by Gracious Events, and music by pianist Joshua Catania. A special Mother’s Day tour of our current exhibition, Moving Images: British Royal Portraiture and the Circulation of Ideas by curator Lynne Harper, will commence at 4:30 p.m. This talk and tour will focus on women’s roles as leaders of the family and nation.

Tickets are $40 for general admission, $35 for museum members. Advance tickets are strongly recommended and can be purchased at

About the Villa’s Renaissance Garden
From the Parnassus Terrace to the Demmer-Neptune Gate, the Renaissance Garden of Villa Terrace charts a path of beauty from the museum to Lake Michigan. Along the way, one encounters foliage, flowerbeds, water features, statuary and more. The home’s original garden was designed by Rose Standish Nichols in 1924. The nonprofit Friends of Villa Terrace raised $1.5 million and marshaled volunteers to reimagine and restore the garden, which reopened in 2002 with a landscape plan by Dennis Buettner. The Friends continue to raise funds for the Garden and its ongoing maintenance. More information about the garden, its features and the Friends of Villa Terrace is available at

About the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed by architect David Adler in 1923 as the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation, his wife Agnes and their family. The villa’s courtyards, terraces and Renaissance garden flowing down to the lake make it unique in Milwaukee. The permanent collection features fine and decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries. The museum is also home to the Cyril Colnik Collection and Archives. Colnik was Milwaukee’s master decorative iron artisan from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. The museum is located at 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee. Visit online at

General Museum Information

Hours: Wednesday, 1 to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1 to 8:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday, 1 to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $10/adult, $7/student & senior (62+), free for museum members, children 12 & under and active military. Group tours are available.

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