The Warehouse


The Warehouse is an alternative arts exhibition and research space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Located on the ground floor of a large five-story former factory now named the 1635 Building, The Warehouse includes 4,000 SF exhibition space, LED lighting, and display walls within the renovated, industrial space. Exhibitions occur quarterly and feature artists from the permanent collection and other sources.

Built by private collectors Jan Serr and John Shannon, the permanent collection consists of 3,600 modern and contemporary works on paper, paintings, photography, and sculpture. The collection is personal and based on their interests and experiences. Works on paper include artists such as Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Robert Rauschenberg. Photographs in the collection include works by Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, and Cindy Sherman. Both residents of Wisconsin, Serr and Shannon include many notable Wisconsin artists in the collection including Warrington Colescott, John Colt, Ruth Grotenrath, and Schomer Lichtner.

Exhibitions, performances, and lectures are based on The Warehouse’s permanent collection and other sources. The collection is available for scholars, students and art enthusiasts, and works are available for institutional loans. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am-4pm as well as by appointment. For more information about exhibitions, programs, and hours, please visit thewarehousemke.org or call 414-252-0677.