Wisconsin Itinerary: The Best of Wisconsin Art & Architecture
The Itinerary at a Glance
Your group will witness some eye-popping buildings and outstanding art museums on this four-day cultural odyssey that starts on the shores of Lake Michigan and ends on the Mississippi River. Highlights include the Racine Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Ten Chimneys estate of Broadway legends Lunt and Fontanne, a Lake Geneva cruise and one of Wisconsin’s most visited attractions, The House on the Rock in Spring Green.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Racine Art Museum
- Milwaukee Art Museum
- Monona Terrace
- Black Point Estate
Duration: 4 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
A drive along the Eastern Shores of Wisconsin will bring you to Racine to visit the largest commercial and residential buildings designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. These free tours feature the SC Johnson headquarters campus including the newly opened Research Tower. Opening this year to the public is Wingspread, the home of the Johnson family. Head to downtown Racine for a visit to the Racine Art Museum, which is North America’s largest contemporary craft museum, with nearly 9,000 objects in the permanent collection. Its focus is on work from internationally recognized artists in wood, glass, metal, fiber/fabric and clay, as well as painting, sculpture and works on paper.
Head into Milwaukee to view the Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Enjoy a visit to the Grohmann Museum “Man at Work” collection, the largest collection of industrial art in the world. With more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures representing the evolution of human work, your guests are sure to identify with several pieces in the collection. Head west for a tour of Ten Chimneys, the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Guests are welcomed into the Lunts’ extraordinary home without the fuss of ropes or barriers. Tours of Ten Chimneys not only celebrate the one-of-a-kind collection the Lunts amassed during their lifetimes, but also honor the values found in every corner of their lives, both on the stage and in the house they called home for more than half a century. Later this afternoon enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva to marvel at the estates once occupied by the turn-of-the-20th-century Chicago industrialists. Take the time to visit Black Point Estate, one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture, and view one of the most intact collections of Victorian furnishings in the Midwest.
Start your day in Madison with a visit to Monona Terrace on the shores of Lake Monona. Based on designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, this dramatic building offers sweeping views of the lake. Head to Spring Green for a visit to one of the most unique attractions in Wisconsin, The House on the Rock. Designed by Alex Jordan, it features hundreds of eclectic displays and collections ranging from automobiles to dollhouses and everything in between. You don’t want to miss the beautiful sight of the world’s largest carousel inside the building.
Head to the Great River Road and travel along the Mississippi River to Prairie du Chien for a visit to Villa Louis. Experience Victorian life during the 19th century as you visit the estate of one of Wisconsin’s most prosperous families. As you leave Wisconsin, you won’t want to miss an interesting stop at the Dickeyville Grotto and Shrines, which are the works of Father Matthias Wernerus. His handiwork in stone, built from 1925-1930, is dedicated to the unity of two great American ideals–love of God and love of country. These religious and patriotic shrines created from stone, mortar and brightly colored objects were constructed without the use of blueprints.