Revealed: Greater Milwaukee Foundation unveils May’s Gift to the Community

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(WITI) -- May’s Gift to the Community takes you on a cultural tour of the region with two (2) days of free access to unique attractions in Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties: Cedarburg Art Museum in Cedarburg, Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend and Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot.

Admission is free at these attractions on Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th.  Hours vary by location – please see details below for specific information.  Reservations are not required at Cedarburg Art Museum or Museum of Wisconsin Art.  Reservations are highly recommended at Ten Chimneys as space is limited for this opportunity.

Ozaukee County – Cedarburg Art Museum

Where: W63 N675 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, WI  53012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (262) 377-6123

The Cedarburg Art Museum’s mission is to establish and then maintain a forum to collect, exhibit, and preserve the artwork of Cedarburg and its environs.  Through its endeavors, the museum promotes Cedarburg and Ozaukee County as a small but dynamic center for the creative arts in America by providing distinct and stimulating exhibitions to engage all ages and interests.  In addition to exhibitions and programs, the Cedarburg Art Museum is building an historical record of the art scene that exists in Ozaukee County and surrounding communities.  These efforts are designed to support the vibrancy of the downtown historic district and thereby strengthen the Cedarburg community as a whole.

Things to know:

  • Free admission both days for all guests.
  • On May 29, the museum will “Roll Out the Red Carpet for Senior Citizens” with special programming for senior visitors.
  • On May 30, the museum will offer “Passport to Creativity” with unique activities designed for children and families.

Washington County – Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA)

Where: 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend, WI  53095
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (262) 334-9638

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), founded in 1961, is one of the top regional art museums in the country, and is the primary venue nationally for the exhibition of historic and contemporary Wisconsin art, including holdings of more than 350 artists and over 4,000 works of art. In April 2013, MOWA celebrated a major milestone with the opening of a new building that doubled the gallery square footage and expanded its capacity to offer public programs and educational activities.

Things to know:

  • Free admission both days for all guests
  • Complimentary, one-year museum membership
  • Hands-on, studio art projects for all ages
  • All visitors will receive 10% off in the MOWA Shop on both days

Waukesha County – Ten Chimneys

Where: S43 W31575 Depot Road, Genesee Depot, WI  53127
Tour hours: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday – Advance reservations are highly recommended as space is limited for this opportunity.
Phone: (262) 968-4110

Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the most revered acting team in American theatre history. Created with the same wit and passion for perfection that distinguished their stage performances, Ten Chimneys is the Lunts’ most enduring and tangible legacy. Often considered “the center of the theatrical world,” luminaries such as Helen Hayes, Noël Coward, and Laurence Olivier, were all frequent and devoted Ten Chimneys guests. The estate, almost inevitably, became an important place for artistic creation and discussion. Today, Ten Chimneys is open to the public as an inspirational house museum and theatre resource. Those who visit, like guests of the Lunts, are welcomed into the Lunts’ extraordinary home without the fuss of ropes or barriers. Almost all of Ten Chimneys’ historic furnishings, hand-painted murals, enchantingly personal décor, and diverse collections are intact and unchanged since the Lunts first assembled them. 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 the Lunts’ lives, both on the stage and in the house they called home for more than half a century.

Things to know:

  • Tours are free by advance reservation both days, but space is limited. Reservations will be booked in the order received until all spaces are filled.
  • Guests must be at least 12 years of age to tour.
  • Prior to beginning their tour, guests to Ten Chimneys spend time in the stunning Lunt-Fontanne Program Center. Guests are welcome to explore Ten Chimneys’ acclaimed Museum Store, the permanent exhibition: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne: A Life on Stage, and featured pieces from the Lunts’ collection that are on display. In addition, the Lunts’ one film together, The Guardsman, is available for viewing.
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