Per order of Governor Tony Evers, the Rahr-West Art Museum will be closed until at least April 24, 2020.

A Note from Executive Director Greg Vadney on Rahr-West Art Museum’s Response to COVID-19

Even though museums tend to be a collection of objects, every museum is inherently about people. We exist to tell the stories of people who created things, who were affected by those things, and who reacted to those things. But we also tell these stories to people. Without an audience, museums are just a collection of stuff. People are our most cherished thing.

This closure includes cancellation of the entire Youth Art Series. All public meetings, classes, rentals that were to take place during this time are hereby cancelled. Staff will be available to assist you during this time. Please email for any inquiries.

As a public museum, we strive to give you access – because this is your collection. But without a huge coordinated effort to protect the general health, access to our art won’t matter. Like I said - people are our most cherished thing. So we’ll take this time to keep the one-of-a-kind Rahr-West collection preserved for your future in-person enjoyment, while also taking this opportunity to share with you digitally some stories about our museum and our collection. Go to to see our digital highlights, and check back for some special online tours in the coming weeks.

Be safe, help each other, take time to exercise your creativity and persevere. We’ll see you at the Rahr-West Art Museum really soon.

Tuesday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rahr-West Art Museum is a City of Manitowoc facility. We are an admission free museum. Donations are gratefully accepted.
We offer private tours for school groups, bus tours, scout troops, and other organizations seven days a week by appointment. To set up a museum tour, please contact the museum at (920) 686-3090 or

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