The War Memorial Corporation and Milwaukee Art Museum have been working collaboratively to develop a comprehensive plan to repair the War Memorial Center. As a community, we owe it to our Veterans and to the public to make the investment necessary to preserve and advance the WMC so it can maintain its original purpose of “honoring the dead by serving the living.”

After many months of negotiations, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the War Memorial Center, and Milwaukee County have reached an agreement that will repair and restore the War Memorial and Kahler buildings, which house the state’s most significant art collection and serve as the state’s most significant memorial to our war veterans. Without the leadership of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, led by Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, as well as County Executive Chris Abele, mediator Jeanine Geske, and countless others, this would not have been possible.

This strengthened partnership between the War Memorial, the Museum, and Milwaukee County will repair and protect these sacred buildings and the art inside, preserving them for generations to come. A new east atrium, an improved Fitch Plaza roof, new HVAC, repaired water leaks, and mended windows will restore the War Memorial to its former glory.

As a partner in this $25 million endeavor, Museum has pledged to raise $15 million in private funds from our friends, donors, and Members to bring the facility up to current standards and to deliver on the promise established in 2001 with the opening of the Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion.

Together with the War Memorial and Milwaukee County, the Museum is dedicated to providing the best experience for all visitors to this site. Thank you for your continued support, and stay tuned for updates as this ambitious project unfurls.

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