Current Exhibition

Jan. 16 – April 26, 2015
The Art of the Milwaukee Road

Hand-selected from the Milwaukee Public Library’s Milwaukee Road collection, with additions from the Grohmann Museum and other collections, this exhibition features paintings, prints, maps and photos from a time when railways and the Milwaukee Road formed the backbone of local, regional and national industry and transportation. From images of the legendary Hiawatha and others to a detailed photo essay of work in the Milwaukee Road shops, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the art and imagery documenting the rich history of the railroad in Milwaukee.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Spring 2015
Opening of the Grohmann Museum Carl Spitzweg Gallery

BookwormCompleted in 1850, The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg quickly became one of the most recognized and beloved paintings in Germany and beyond. The painting was sold by the artist in New York through his dealer, H.W. Schaus. It was ultimately acquired by Milwaukee industrialist René von Schleinitz, who bequeathed the painting to the Milwaukee Public Library. The Bookworm is now on permanent loan to the Grohmann Museum and currently on view. A special gallery will soon open at the museum to house The Bookworm and other beloved Spitzweg paintings.


April 17 – June 28, 2015
H.D. Tylle: Studies

A special engagement for the artist to display his newest studies of projects in Wisconsin and beyond. Tylle continues in the tradition of many artists in the museum collection in rendering factory interiors, monumental projects and heavy industry into compelling paintings of working scenes.

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, April 17, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission (Gallery Talk with Tylle, 7 p.m.)
Saturday, April 18, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

May 15 – Aug. 23, 2015
Metal for Mettle: Historic Commemorative Medals Honoring Labor and Achievement

Tom Garver writes: “One may well say that virtually all commemorative medals are narrative by intent. They’re marks of pinnacle personal moments, documents of powerful events within a society, or acknowledgements of unique places in time and space. There was a moment, however, lasting no more than 50 or 60 years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and particularly in France (with great influence on Belgium), when there was a brilliant confluence of history, technology and governance that produced the French narrative medal, a style that closely documented many levels of human life and endeavor with visual skill and sensitivity, richly enhanced by great technical precision.” This feature exhibition will allow for a closer look at these small, splendid sculptural works.

Opening Event
Friday, May 15, 7 p.m. – Presentation by Thomas H. Garver

Sept. 4 – Dec. 13, 2015
Forge Work: New Photography by Michael Schultz

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, Oct. 16, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission (Artist’s Reception, 7 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 17, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Past Exhibitions


Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry
Art Shay: Working
Trains that Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link


A Working Ranch by Jim Brozek
Born of Fire: Scenes of Industry from the Westmoreland Museum
of American Art
Bridges: The Spans of North America – Photographs by David Plowden


MSOE at Work: Selections from the Campus Archives
Carl Spitzweg: The Poor Poet and Other Characters
Great Lakers: Selections from the Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library
H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin


Working Legacies: The Death and (After) Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee
Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden
Milwaukee Mills: A Visual History
Lake Boats: The Photography of Jim Brozek and Christopher Winters


Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art, Penn State University
Working Wisconsin: Selections from the Museum of Wisconsin Art
Foundry Work: A View of the Industry, The Photographs of Michael Schultz


Midwest Murals: Joe Jones and J.B. Turnbull from the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885)
Wisconsin at Work: Thorsten Lindberg Paintings and Drawings from the MCHS Collection


American Steel: Works from the Collection of Tom and Lorie Annarella
A Focus on Figures


Physicians, Quacks and Alchemists

Visit the Museum

Grohmann Museum

1000 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 277-2300

Gallery Hours:

Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Museum Admission:

General admission: $5.00
Students / Seniors: $3.00
Children under 12: Free
MSOE students (with ID), alumni, faculty and staff: Free


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