The Grohmann Museum, at Milwaukee School of Engineering, is home to the World's most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work.The museum opened on October 27, 2007 and is located at 1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
The museum has three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed along with feature exhibitions. The museum also has a rooftop sculpture garden, a vending cafe and museum store.It is named in honor of Dr Eckhart Grohmann, an MSOE Regent, Milwaukee businessman and avid art collector, who donated the Man at Work collection to MSOE in 2001 and subsequently the funds to purchase, renovate and operate the museum that bears his name.
With over 900 European and American paintings, sculptures and works on paper that depict various forms of work, the Grohmann Museum Collection is the world's most comprehensive collection of its kind.Captured on canvas and paper or cast in bronze, the works reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work, from manpower and horsepower to water, steam and electric power.
The collection spans over 400 years of history (17-20th centuries).Most of the works in the Grohmann Museum collection are by German and Dutch artists, although others were created by American, Austrian, Belgian, Bohemian, Danish, Dutch, English, Hungarian, Flemish, French and Spanish artists.
The inaugural special exhibition Physicians, Quacks, and Alchemists, showed 17th century paintings and ran from October 27, 2007 to April 14, 2008, followed by:
- Stone April 18, 2008 - July 14, 2008.
- A Focus on Figures July 25, 2008 - October 4, 2008.
- American Steel: Works from the Collection of Tom and Lorie Annarella October 17, 2008 - January 4, 2009.
- Cradle of Industry: Works from the Rhineland Industrial Museum January 16 - April 5, 2009.
- Wisconsin at Work: Thorsten Lindberg Paintings and Drawings from the MCHS Collection April 17 - August 14, 2009.
- The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885) May 15 - October 4, 2009.
- Midwest Murals: Joe Jones and J.B. Turnbull from the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University September 4 - December 6, 2009.
- Foundry Work: A View of the Industry, The Photographs of Michael Schultz January 15 – April 5, 2010.
- Working Wisconsin: Selections from the Museum of Wisconsin Art April 16 – August 20, 2010.
- Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art, Penn State University September 18, 2010 - January 3, 2011.
- Lake Boats: The Photography of Jim Brozek and Christopher Winters January 14 - April 3, 2011.
- Milwaukee Mills: A Visual History April 15 – August 21, 2011..
- Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden September 23 – December 11, 2011.
- Working Legacies: The Death and (After)Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee December 16, 2011 - February 6, 2012.
- H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin February 17 - April 22, 2012.
- Great Lakers: Selections from the Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library May 11 - August 6, 2012.