The Muse Gallery Guesthouse

602 E. Lincoln Avenue , Milwaukee, WI 53207 USA (Show map)


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
  • Service5
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5


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)

The perfect host

5 on April 10, 2016

The Muse was a refreshing take on the classic B&B. While it breathes with history, it was decorated with beautiful artistic flair that reflects a more modern era. No curtains with giant roses here. And as wonderful as the space is it's heart is Mary and Andrew. Mary, our main host, was friendly and ready to chat or point you to destinations so you could be on your way. This is perfect place to stay if you have several business co-workers and need a place to work for the night at a dinner table or if you have friends or family in the area but need your own space to retire to. Andrew skillfully prepared a home style breakfast that was satisfying. Thank you Mary and Andrew.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the wonderful review. We enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again!

- Phil and Stacey (innkeeper)

Restful Getaway

5 on April 07, 2016

My wife and I have been to many Bed and Breakfast, here in the US and in other countries. Our experience In the Muse Gallery Guesthouse was exceptional. The B&B is close proximity to many restaurants and to the downtown area. The welcome that we received form Mary Ellen and Andrew was so heartfelt. We felt like a part of their family.Our sincere appreciation to you Mary and to you Andrew for making our stay a restful one. We shall return !!!

Innkeeper Response
We really appreciate that you gave us such a nice review. We loved hosting you and telling stories. We look forward to your next visit

- Mike (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

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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

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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

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  • 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.
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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.

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan

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Hot Deal

Cheryl room discount

Regular Rate: $129 now $99 (23% Savings:)

Cheryl room 20% discounted Please contact the inn directly at 1 414-745-7735 to redeem this deal.

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