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“Unique, but not popular!”
Review of Grohmann Museum

Grohmann Museum
Ranked #18 of 194 things to do in Milwaukee
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

Grohmann Museum is probably not everyone's cup of tea, but it is uniquely curated to showcase art work that illustrates working class in a different fields. As the museum's own statement, it's a collection of "Man At Work" that representa the evolution of human work. Honestly, if you are not super interested in paintings and sculptures in this topic, you probably should not add this place on your bucket list. However, for a private university at MSOE's size, the collection and focus of Grohmann museum are pretty amazing. I certinaly will not compare this place with other big name Art Museums, but it's definitely way better than many private, mediocre, poorly funded and managed museums all over the country.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This private collection of paintings and sculptures depicts the grit and the glory of work. From fields to pharmacy, blacksmiths to buildings, we see the sweat, brawn and brains of workers who have shaped our world. The quiet setting, four floors including a rooftop garden where oversized bronze sculptures can be seen from the street, offers a history lesson of where we've been and how we got here. Newer works have been added to the original collection -proof that the work never ends - and we are the beneficiaries.

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Reviewed 26 May 2017

My parents, girlfriend, and I visited here for a low-price museum to see something different. I especially figured my dad, himself a skilled tradesman and business owner, would appreciate the Steel - Cycle of Industry exhibit.

Getting here is fairly easy, and we were able to park right across the street from the entrance for no cost. It's a quiet neighborhood, and walking is easy enough given relatively calm traffic.

You're greeted right away by an open-concept atrium, with a glass-encased elevator, and huge ceiling mural. It's an eclectic mix, but it's very neat that they have the history of the floor tile mosaic as well as the ceiling mural strewn throughout the building. They have each floor themed differently, and it's very roomy as to not feel claustrophobic or cramped.

Perhaps the coolest feature is the rooftop garden. A combination of bronze statues and gardens (sadly, not in bloom during our visit in mid-March) with open views of different areas of downtown Milwaukee. There's an office area you can get a glimpse of, which is decorated in a maritime Victorian type of feel.

All of the above at $5 a person is a steal for the size and scope of the exhibits. The only downside I can think of, is that it's narrowly focused. If you're not interested in paintings, they have very little else inside the building to look at. A few screens are playing documentary type videos, and there might be a few statues or other small crafts throughout, but my guess would be 90%+ of what's on display is paintings. A little more diversity in the types of media would be nice, though the wide breadth of industries covered was still fantastic, and the art styles widely varied as well. What a wonderful alternative to the more crowded, more expensive museums of the city!

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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This place is absolutely amazing, but I was really disappointed by the severe underrepresentation of people of color in the artwork. I found 4-5 pieces featuring people of color among the hundreds on display.

5  Thank Robin B
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a museum centered on the history of major manufacturing processes and manual work and includes art exibits and sculptures of mining, iron and steel manufacturing, quarrying, farming, and other more contemporary processes. The exibits and art work are outstanding and informative and give a facinating insight into the history of its subjects. It includes links to your smartphone for descriptions of what is shown in some of the major works. There is a relaxing rooftop exhibit of sculptures and a view of the city. I look forward to returning.

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