The Muse Gallery Guesthouse

602 E. Lincoln Avenue , Milwaukee, 53207 USA (Show map)
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The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is a Bed and Breakfast/Guesthouse occupying a Victorian Style home built in 1889. It is conveniently located between the airport and downtown in the heart of Bay View – Milwaukee’s trendiest neighborhood! The Lake Express Ferry port is just down the street. Milwaukee's best restaurants and bars are steps away. This is "Not Your Mama's BnB," but a hip and exciting urban experience set on a residential street close to the Lake Michigan, great parks, a farmer's market, shopping, and the newly restored Avalon theater. Purchased, remodeled and redecorated by Mary Ellen Hermann and Andrew Meechan in the spirit of the dynamic revitalization presently occurring in Bay View, The Muse Gallery Guesthouse provides 2800 square feet of fully furnished accommodations in an art gallery-like setting. Either two Bed and Breakfast rooms or a self-catering Guesthouse are available for a unique stay. The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is also an art gallery with a tasteful and interesting combination of modern and vintage furnishings serving as the “canvas” for an eclectic mix of rotating art available for purchase from well-known local artists. The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is a vital and supportive participant in the Milwaukee art scene. The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is a stunning yet comfortable oasis sure to rejuvenate and inspire your body and soul!



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.9

thank you Mary and Andrew

5 on July 24, 2018

Just enjoyed a wonderful girl's weekend at the Muse in Milwaukee. Our group enjoyed the walkability of the neighborhood, hospitality of the hosts, and spacious and interesting accommodations. Breakfast was amazing each day and even accommodated special dietary requests. I would highly recommend for a group or couple. Milwaukee has a lot to offer...check it out while staying at The Muse!

enjoyable and convenient

4.4 on May 03, 2018

Room and bathroom were spacious and very good night sleep. Andrew and Mary Ellen were very helpful with my late night arrival and needing early morning Tylenol. 1st morning breakfast was fresh fruit and an excellent egg, onion, pepper, sausage wrap w/ avocado and sour cream - yum! I shared I am trying to eat healthy and both mornings were healthier options for a B&B. I recommend!

Dont let this location turn you off

5 on April 08, 2018

Maria and Andrew were wonderful hosts. We were greeted with wine and a cheese platter. Andrew who is from the UK joined us and entertained us with stories and his knowledge of the Area. The sitting area was alive with color and art. Vintage and New. Our room was more of the same very playful but had everything we needed. The next morning we were greeted at the table with a beautiful tasty and all organic breakfast. We were joined by the couple and enjoyed lively conversation, great stories and wonderful. As we were the only guests Andrew gave a wonderful tour of the entire place. We wanted to return and stay in every room! PS The dinner recommendation to Lazy Susan was amazing. Cant wait to be back.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your kind review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Please come again! Best, Mary Ellen and Andrew

- Mary Ellen and Andrew (innkeeper)


4.6 on September 27, 2017

Like the city of Milwaukee, the Muse Gallery B&B was a revelation to us. Quaint. Comfortable. And in the heart of an emerging neighborhood called Bayview. Strange as it may sound, my wife and I loved our pillows (we're pillow snobs). The breakfasts were tasty, creative. And being an early riser, I liked the easy accessibility to the Kuerig coffee machine. Down the street was the Centrella (20 Belgium beers on tap), which for two days became our neighborhood pub. We were able to walk to two absolutely fabulous restaurants (Odd Duck and "the Lazy"), and it was a short drive to the waterfront to tour the art museum, parks and nifty old homes. We'll be back... ...Len, Grand Haven

Muse Bed and Breakfast is outstanding

5 on August 07, 2017

We rented the suite out for a week and it was such a great place. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast was truly outstanding with delicious homemade food. The food was not only fantastic but there was plenty of it. The home owners went out of their way to make this B&B truly a comfortable and charming place. We would without a doubt highly recommend staying here.

Wonderful Experience

5 on July 12, 2017

A girlfriend and I stayed at this inn overnight and loved everything about it. I chose it because it was located close to the airport (a 15 minute drive down one road). It was charming from the outside. Inns often cater to couples so it is a challenge to find a room with two beds. Here, we had a suite on the second floor bigger than some friends' city apartments with three beds! The living room was comfortable and we really liked the artistic décor. We were an easy walk to a strip with multiple restaurants. Breakfast was gorgeously presented and very tasty. We would return.


5 on April 27, 2017

I normally don't give any higher than 5/10 for any bed and breakfast, but The Muse Gallery Guesthouse won my heart. I rate them 10/10. Perfect bedding, the bed was so wonderful I didn't want to get out of bed. The accommodations were fabulous I am a person who stays at a lot of bed & breakfast so I can say I've stayed at places that weren't as great as this one was. There was night time snacks that were not only perfect for my dietary needs but also for my snacking needs. I felt very safe and comfortable in this bed and breakfast. The location is quite and only 1/2 mile walking distance from places to eat, shop etc. I would truly recommend this place and the next time I'm in the area I'm going to want to book this place again.

Fantastic experience

5 on April 19, 2017

Maria and Andrew are awesome! The room is homy and full of details! Cause we just arrived the day after Easter, we were surprised by all the decor. And even the kitchen and bathroom towels are with Easter greetings! It is a truly art gallery. The house is full of fine art pieces and also decorated diligently! They matched the wall pain color with the crystal light/lamp perfectly. Maria and Andrew even hung a crystal on the window, so that when the sunset is coming, the whole room will be decorated with colorful crystal reflections. Maria and Andrew are super! The story between them are very touching. We think they bring the magic to the world, and we adore them so much! Ohhh, I need to mention the food. We had different kinds of breakfast every morning. They are all so so so good. The quiche Mary made is the very best one I've ever tasted! It's our honor to be the first Asian guests of the Muse! Highly recommended!

Weekend getaway

4.8 on October 05, 2016

Great place to visit if you are looking for a weekend. Good food, comfortable rooms, and great bars in walking distance.

Birthday Getaway

5 on July 05, 2016

The Muse is a wonderful B&B located in hip Bayview just minutes from downtown Milwaukee. The innkeepers went above and beyond to make us feel completely welcome during our stay. We would highly recommend this property on your next visit!

Innkeeper Response
We loved hosting you and were so happy to help you celebrate your BD! Come again soon!.

- Kay (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Julia's room

In ancient Persia, the peacock was seen as a guardian to royalty. Luxuriate like a king and queen in the rich blue peacock motif of Julia's room which has a queen size bed with a memory foam mattress, comfortable reading chair, antique desk, Smart TV and an iHome Bluetooth alarm clock. Plan on indulging yourself in the sumptuous new ensuite bathroom with its 2 person spa soaking tub, pedestal sink and separate shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

Loli's room

Loli's room is a dynamic mix of past and present. Enjoy the beauty of an original tin ceiling, built-in cupboard, Prairie Style stained glass windows and light fixtures mixed with contemporary room decor in sleek black and silver. Queen size bed, sitting area with comfortable reading chairs, Smart TV, and an IHome Bluetooth alarm clock. Enjoy the privacy of an ensuite bathroom with a combination tub/shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Angela's room

Angela's suite is a 4 room suite to include two bedrooms, a lounge, a dining area and a private bathroom. The first and largest bedroom has a king size bed, sitting area, decorative fireplace original to the house and a private porch accessible from the room. Next to it is a small room with a trundle bed that sleeps an additional two guests for an added fee. The private bathroom features a vintage claw tub/shower. A SMART TV is located in the large lounge area in this suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $169 - $169

Cheryl's room

Cheryl's Room is our most economical room. It features an eclectic mix of old and new with a queen size bed, sitting area, vintage vanity, gallery wall and private shower room across the hall. A SMART TV is located in the large double lounge area down the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129

Check Dates


Location Type



Milwaukee, WI (MKE-General Mitchell Intl.) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Exit the airport to Howell Avenue and head north on Howell to Lincoln Avenue. Turn right on Lincoln and proceed two blocks to the property.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Private entrance, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, TV, iPhone docking station

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 p.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Art damage will be charged 100% of list price
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Babysitting can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Cancellation for any reason at any time incurs a $25 charge. Cancellations more than 14 days from the reserved dates will be refunded in full minus the $25 cancellation fee. Cancellation 14 or less days before the reserved dates will forfeit the entire price of the reservation.



Mary Ellen and Andrew

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About the innkeepers

Andrew and Mary Ellen have a special story. They were pen pals since they were 11 years old. In 2010 they reconnected and decided to marry and open an inn in Milwaukee. They wanted to also support the local art scene so they selected a home in a happening neighborhood and set about to restore it so that guests could experience a modern, urban bed and breakfast stay inside an art gallery within walking distance of many of the city's best restaurants and, bars and shops.

Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8am-11pm
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan