Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
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Villa Terrace Thursday Nights in the Garden Begin August 15

Enter Through the Neptune Gate For Thursday Nights in the Garden at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum August 15, 2019 through September 12, 2019 Featuring Live Music and Neptune Bar

By - Aug 6th, 2019 01:47 pm

Milwaukee, WI – August 6, 2019 – The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum opens the Neptune Gate on Lincoln Memorial Drive for entrance into its Renaissance Garden Thursdays from August, 15 through September 12, 2019. For a suggested donation of $5, guests will enjoy live music and drinks for purchase at the Neptune Bar from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Celebrate summer in style in one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.

Music Schedule:
August 15 – Anthony Deutsch – Piano
August 22 – Joseph di Frances – Guitar
August 29 – Swing Chevron – Classic Jazz, Swing
September 5 – Frogwater – Celtic, Bluegrass
September 12 – Scott Hlavenka – Gypsy Jazz Guitar

About the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed and built 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 to Milwaukee. The permanent collection features fine and decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries and the Cyril Colnik collection and archives, with many excellent examples of Colnik’s wrought-iron masterpieces. Curated exhibitions are mounted several times each year along with a variety of other arts programming.

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 and

Location: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For general information, please call 414-271-3656. Entrance into Nights in the Garden is through the Neptune Gate located on the lake side of the museum on Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Museum Hours: Wednesday / Friday / Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday 1 – 5 p.m. General Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for Seniors (62+), Military and Students with a valid ID, and FREE for Museum Members and Children 12 and under.

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