One of the things I love about Milwaukee is discovering hidden gems – especially when it comes to historic wedding venues. And the Charles Allis Art Museum is one of these hidden wedding venues that a lot of people don’t know about.
It’s funny, since Charles Allis is located on the East Side a block from Brady Street, I’ve driven and walked by it hundreds of times but never knew it was a wedding venue. And it’s an awesome one at that!
History of the Charles Allis Museum
The Charles Allis was built in 1911 as the home of Charles Allis, the first president of Allis-Chalmers, and his wife Sarah. The couple loved collecting art, and their art is what makes up much of the Charles Allis’ art collection today.
And how’s this for philanthropy – the couple built this home and furnished it with art for the sole purpose of donating it for public use one day. Very nice folks if you ask me!
Charles Allis Art Museum Weddings
The Tudor-style Charles Allis can hold 120 for a sit-down reception and up to 200 for a standing reception. The maximum capacity can be increased when using the outdoor patio and lawn. Yes, you heard me right – they have a lovely “english garden” space where you can have your wedding ceremony.
The garden area is located just outside the Great Hall, so guests will be able to enjoy both spaces easily. It can also be tented to increase space and makes a great spot for pictures. Make sure to check out the “Juliet balcony” for a unique photo opportunity.
Villa Terrace/Charles Allis Package
The organization that runs the Charles Allis also runs Villa Terrace, another historic home/museum located on Milwaukee’s East Side. Many couples choose to do their weddings at Villa Terrace and their reception at Charles Allis.
Combination packages are offered, giving you two historic landmarks that are sure to leave lasting memories for you, your family and your guests. It’s recommended to get valet service and/or shuttle service for your guests since parking is at a minimum in this urban neighborhood. The Charles Allis event staff can provide you with recommendations.
Art Surrounds You at Charles Allis
Beyond its historic relevance, one of the coolest things about the Charles Allis are its art collections. In addition to the art supplied by Charles and Sarah Allis, the museum features changing exhibits by Wisconsin artists.
Walking through the huge mansion you’ll see art and original furnishings in the bedrooms, the library, the dining room and more. It makes for a very unique setting and for some great photo opportunities.
If you enjoy the historic, unique and artful qualities of Milwaukee, then you’d be a perfect fit to have your wedding at the Charles Allis Art Museum. Check out their Wedding website to learn more.
Special thanks to Sarah Immel Photography and the Charles Allis Art Museum for the wonderful photos used in this article.