The Lynden Sculpture Garden is a premiere destination for groups interested in art and nature. Skilled docents guide groups of 10 or more through the Sculpture Garden's collection of 20th-century monumental outdoor sculpture, arrayed across 40-acres of park, lake and woodland. Be sure to leave time to visit the house and gallery after your tour.
Advance registration is required for all group tours. Docent availability is limited, and reservations are required at least six to eight weeks in advance of your desired date.
Please complete and return via email, fax or mail to:
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217
(414) 446-8481 - ph
(414) 446-8492 - fax
Group Tours: $12 per person. Accompanying children are $8 each. There is a $25 surcharge for groups under 10.
College Groups: $5 per student. One instructor accompanying the group is admitted free. One additional adult is admitted at the student rate of $5 per person. Additional adults are welcome but must pay the full adult group tour fee of $12.
The Sculpture Garden is open for docent-led tours of the sculptures and grounds year-round, weather permitting. Tours are booked Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm. The Sculpture Garden is closed on Thursdays for maintenance of the sculpture and grounds. Docent-led tours of the sculptures and grounds are approximately 90 minutes in length from your scheduled start time.
For more information on our standing tour on Sundays at 2:30 pm click here. Reservations are required.
House and Gallery
Allow extra time after your tour to view the art collection in the house and temporary exhibitions in the gallery.
Payment is due two weeks prior to your visit. We cannot accept payments at the door. Payment is calculated based on the numbers on your Request Form. If there is a change in headcount, please notify the tour scheduler at (414) 446-8481 or firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting payment. Make checks payable to "Bradley Family Foundation."
We do not offer a refund if your headcount decreases after your payment has been made, but we can increase your headcount at any time (we will bill you for the remaining balance). All members of your group must be pre-registered.
What to Bring
Food, drinks, gum, candy, backpacks and large handbags can be safety and security risks for works of art. Please leave these items on the bus or in your car. For a complete list of visitor guidelines, click here.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden has an outdoor picnic area that can accommodate large groups. There is no indoor picnic facility. There are several restaurants within a short distance of the Sculpture Garden, including Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Cosi, Benji's Delicatessen, Habanero's Mexican Kitchen, Poco Loco, Prime Time Sports Bar & Eatery, NSB Bar and Grill and River Lane Inn.
What to Wear
The Sculpture Garden tour takes place outdoors, even in light rain. Please dress appropriately for the season. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes as extensive walking on uneven ground is required. There are no paths in the Sculpture Garden, and you will be sharing the grassy surfaces with geese--flip flops, sandals or dress shoes are not appropriate.
Due to copyright restrictions, visitor safety and access concerns, no commercial photography or videography is allowed on Lynden Sculpture Garden property without permission. Personal photography/videography with handheld equipment is permitted, but reproduction or publication of still or moving images of the house, permanent collection, gardens, grounds or temporary exhibitions is strictly prohibited (this includes posting images on the internet, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube or any other electronic/digital platforms).
Where to Enter
Busses or cars must enter through the west gate. This is the entrance closest to the barn and immediately opposite the westbound left turn lane on Brown Deer Road. There is a small sign hanging from a lamppost at this entrance that says "LYNDEN. Harry L. Bradley." Pull up past the barn to where your docent is standing. Your docent will direct you to a parking space. There is room in the lot for up to 5 busses in addition to cars.
Under no conditions may passengers be discharged on Brown Deer Road. This is extremely dangerous: eastbound traffic will not be expecting to encounter a bus parked in the far right lane.
Don't Be Late!
Your tour will begin at your designated arrival time. If you are delayed, you must call (414) 446-8481. Your group has a 15-minute grace period for arrival, but a late arrival may result in a shortened tour. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, and you fail to contact us, the tour will be cancelled.
Tours are conducted in light rain. However, the presence of lightning will result in the immediate cancellation of a tour. If your tour is cancelled due to weather conditions, you may reschedule or receive a full refund.
If you have questions about weather in the 24 hours prior to your tour, please call (414) 446-8481.
Changes & Cancellations
In the event there is a change in the date or time of your scheduled tour, or a cancellation, please contact the tour scheduler at (414) 446-8481 or email@example.com.
Groups canceling a tour more than 7 days in advance will receive a full refund (less a $15 non-refundable deposit.) Groups canceling a tour less than 7 days in advance will not receive a refund.
When requesting a tour, please indicate your need for any specialized information or assistance. There are no paths at the Sculpture Garden. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact the tour scheduler by e-mail or phone.
All docent-guided tours are approximately 90 minutes in length and conducted in English unless otherwise requested. If you would like to request a tour in Spanish, German, French, or American Sign Language, please indicate this at the time of your tour request. Docents and translators for tours conducted in these languages are very limited.
Make a Day of It
Consider combining your Sculpture Garden tour with a tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum. For more information on MAM tours, click here.