William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design
The museum was housed in an historic Renaissance Revival style building that was designed by architects Crane & Barkhausen and built in 1895. Opened in 2000, it was dedicated to William F. Eisner, a prolific 20th century designer and advertising entrepreneur. William's wife Elaine approached the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) with the concept after his death in 1990.
Exhibits examined the impact of modern advertising and design on the social, historical and aesthetic aspects of American culture. Past exhibits included the legendary Burma-Shave roadway billboards, industrial design pioneer Brooks Stevens, and 100 years of Harley-Davidson advertising.
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Elaine Eisner began to formulate the idea of an advertising and design museum after her husband's sudden death in 1990. The Wm. F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design was open for 10 years until the pending sale of the building that it was housed in, forced the museum to close its doors in March of 2010.