MOWA is closed for now.
Per state and local guidance, it's time for everyone to "stay safer at home" and help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The museum is closed to the public until further notice to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and volunteers. All exhibits, events and educational programs during this closure are also cancelled or postponed.
We hope you'll visit it us online (Facebook, Instagram) to enjoy Wisconsin art and culture from the comfort of your own home.
If you would like to continue to help support MOWA's efforts to share the art and culture of Wisconsin while we are closed, we would be most appreciative. Please visit our website to make a donation.
Watch this page for further updates. Thank you for your understanding and support as we work together to help our community stay safe and healthy.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) explores the art and culture of Wisconsin. Founded in 1961, MOWA is one of the top museums of regional art in the United States, with over 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists. Through rotating exhibitions and educational programs, MOWA provides an innovative forum for the culturally engaged.
In 2013, MOWA opened its new 32,000-square-foot facility in downtown West Bend. The building, the first museum commission by acclaimed architect Jim Shields of HGA, is situated along the east bank of the Milwaukee River on a triangular plot of land that inspired the facility’s modern wedge shape. An expansive wall of windows follows the curve of the river bank and minimizes the boundaries between interior and exterior. The museum houses five permanent collection galleries, three temporary exhibition spaces, and two classrooms as well as visible art storage, a shop, and a large atrium for public events.
Museum of Wisconsin Art celebrates the value, diversity and uniqueness of the visual arts and artists of Wisconsin. This is achieved by collecting, conserving, documenting, exhibiting and promoting aesthetic understanding of the visual arts of Wisconsin.
MOWA is the pre-eminent resource for the visual arts of Wisconsin, acting as a catalyst for creativity, expression, inspiration and discovery.