We are pleased to announce that after over three months of closure and much thoughtful preparation, the Charles Allis Art Museum is now open to the general public. Our staff did not make this decision to reopen lightly, and we continue to follow the guidelines of health authorities closely to ensure our visitors and our staff can safely enjoy their visit.  Admission will be by online reservation only. Tickets may be purchased by visiting our Plan Your Visit page. More information on health and safety guidelines for your visit will be provided when registering. We look forward to seeing you again soon at the museum! 

Guidelines for Visiting the Charles Allis Art Museum During the Covid-19 Pandemic

To help insure safety of our staff and visitors, please adhere to the following guidelines when visiting.


Advanced reservations are required to visit the museum. Please arrive at your scheduled time to allow for congestion free check-in. Parking at the museum is limited. Please allow enough time for street parking. Group size per reservation time slot is a maximum of nine people.

Face Masks and Coverings

We request all visitors bring and wear a face mask/covering when on museum grounds. Milwaukee’s mask mandate requires masks be worn at all businesses open to the public. (Children under under three years old do not need to wear a mask.)

Physical Distancing

Please remain with your group while visiting and remain at least six feet from fellow museum visitors when possible.

Public Seating

Seating is limited within the museum as historic furniture has been removed due to sanitizing concerns. A limited number of chairs have been set up and are routinely disinfected.

Hand Sanitizing

Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the museum. We ask that all visitors sanitize their hands before entering the museum and when they have a need to touch handrails or other surfaces. Many of the museum’s surfaces are historic in nature and difficult to sanitize repeatedly. Please limit touching surfaces when possible.


Initially restrooms will be closed during your visit. Please plan accordingly. Please check back for updates on restroom availability.

Length of Visit

Reservations are for up to one hour inside the museum and up to an additional hour for garden exploration. Please adhere to these timeframes to insure museum capacity limits are not exceeded.

Illness or Exposure

Please wait to visit the museum if you are someone in your household are not feeling well. If anyone has had contact with someone who is known to have Covid-19 please plan your visit after quarantining for 14 days.

Go with the Flow

Visitors will encounter directional signage in certain parts of the museum to help with social distancing. Please adhere to the traffic flow in these areas.


Personal photography and videography are permitted at the Charles Allis Art Museum. A general photography permit is required for all engagement, family and school pictures or any other posed photography session that used the museum as a backdrop and/or required special attire. Personal photography permits are $75/hr. and must be obtained in advance of your visit by contacting our rentals manager at rentals@cavtmuseums.org.

A permit and certificate of insurance are required for all commercial and advertising photography. Wedding, commercial, and advertising photography permits start at $200/hr. and can be obtained by contacting our rentals manager at rentals@cavtmuseums.org.