About Rahr-West Art Museum
The Rahr-West Art Museum is a City of Manitowoc facility that preserves and enhances its collections and historic mansion. The museum's purpose is to engage the dynamic learning opportunities in the visual arts, and enrich life in the area by serving as a cultural resource.
The Rahr-West Art Museum combines a visitor friendly atmosphere with a beautifully constructed late 19th century Victorian mansion and extends to a 20th century art exhibition wing added by Ruth and John West, who were prominent figures of the shipbuilding industry as owners of Manitowoc Company. Works in the museum collection include such notables as Picasso, a Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol; or even Mary Cassatt. Visitors can see a replica of a Sputnik fragment, which mysteriously fell through the atmosphere to earth and landed in Manitowoc just outside the museum.
Museum exhibitions rotate approximately eight times per year, offering local, regional and nationally recognized art organized from the museum collections or from other collections. Community involvement plays a key role in establishing a sense of comfort and friendliness in an art museum atmosphere.
This wonderful blend of fine exhibits, an educational atmosphere and community engagement in a relaxed setting has earned accreditation by the American Association of Museums and guarantees visitors an experience worth repeating.
The museum galleries are fully accessible, however the mansion is only accessible by stairs.
There is no admission charged to tour the museum or mansion.
Guided group tour are available with reservations. Fees may be charged for group tours.