Current Exhibition

Sept. 5 – Dec. 14, 2014
Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry

In conjunction with the October release of Erich Mercker and Technical Subjects: A Landscape and Industrial Artist in Twentieth-Century Germany, MSOE associate professor, author and guest curator Dr. Patrick Jung presents his selection of Mercker’s work from the museum’s permanent collection. New perspectives on the artist’s life, career and art are presented in this captivating exhibition of an often-overlooked master of industrial painting.

Gallery Night and Day
Friday, Oct. 17, 5 to 9 p.m. – Free admission, gallery talk with Dr. Patrick Jung at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18, Noon to 6 p.m. – Free admission

Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

Past Exhibitions


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


Check out our smART audio tour system that will guide you through the gallery.

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Museum Memberships

Make the Grohmann Museum your destination over and over again. One-year memberships are available at various levels.