Rahr West Art Museum
The Rahr West Art Museum is housed in the historic Joseph Vilas home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, the home was built in 1893 and designed in the Queen Anne style by Alfred Class and George Ferry, the same architects who designed the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee. The museum, which focuses on 19th, 20th, and 21st century Wisconsin, American, and international art, holds works by Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe, and Andy Warhol. The museum (and Manitowoc) is also known for an unexpected event: on September 5, 1962 a twenty pound piece of Soviet satellite Sputnik 4 crashed near the museum; a ring marks the spot of the crash. A copy was made before being returned to the Soviets and is on display in the museum.
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