Welcome to The Muse —
Bay View's Gallery Guesthouse!


The Muse, Bay View's Gallery Guesthouse, is conveniently located between Milwaukee's airport and downtown, steps from Lake Michigan, the Lake Express Ferry and downtown Bay View's many attractions. Comfortable lodging less than 5 miles from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Summerfest grounds, Harley-Davidson Museum, the Mitchell Park Domes, Marquette University, MIAD, UW-Milwaukee, and so much more! 

You could stay in one of our luxury Bed & Breakfast rooms, and enjoy daily homemade breakfast and refreshments. Or, if traveling in a larger group, rent the house as a self-catering Vacation Rental Home. 


Vintage, modern, revitalized, funky

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." –Pablo Picasso 

Our renovation of The Muse focused on maintaining the craftsmanship and beauty of 19th Century architecture with high ceilings, beautiful woodwork, bay windows, and an antique fireplace, while adding modern and artful elements. The spacious and light rooms are tastefully appointed with an eclectic mix of re-purposed items, restored furniture, contemporary decor, and occasional vintage pieces. All of this provides the backdrop for an exquisite, rotating art collection. 


Why The Muse?

"There is not a single true work of art that has not, in the end, added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it." –Albert Camus

The Muse as an art gallery guesthouse is meant to inspire guests in the way that only traveling and  relaxing in a beautiful setting can.  Our hope in creating these artful accommodations is that you will be refreshed and sparked  by the creative expression around you.  A stay at The Muse can enliven and renew personal creativity.  It may even help you rediscover yourself as a greater, more energetic and talented person than you ever dreamed yourself to be!

Surrounded by Art

"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." –Albert Camus

Art is unique in its power to reinvigorate and inspire one's body and soul. The Muse is dedicated to encouraging our guests' rejuvenation while supporting local artists, and expanding the notion that art is for everyone, anywhere. We hope our art leaves you inspired. Check out our Gallery for some of the current artists on display.


Join us in the heart of it all! 

The Muse offers quality lodging between Milwaukee's airport and downtown and just down the street from the Lake Express ferry port.  It is ideally and conveniently located in Bay View - one of Milwaukee's trendiest neighborhoods. Bay View, overlooking Lake Michigan on the city's southeast side, is home to an abundance of Milwaukee's newest restaurants, popular bars, eclectic shops and galleries, verdant parks, and a seasonal farmer's market. Some are just steps away, and all are within walking distance. In this neighborhood there is so much to do that you never need to leave it! The Muse is the perfect guesthouse for Bay View residents to host out-of-town guests, as well as the perfect place for guests to be able to entertain in their home-away-from-home. 

The Muse & Bay View

Innkeepers Mary Ellen and Andrew have lovingly renovated this big, beautiful two-story 1889 Victorian style home, on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Winchester Street. The lower level features two well-appointed and luxurious bed and breakfast rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The second floor boasts another lovely bed and breakfast room with a private bathroom across the hall as well as a spacious bed and breakfast suite of four rooms that can accommodate up to four guests. A portion of the house (top floor for up to 6 guests) or the entire house (for up to ten guests) is also available as a self-catering Vacation Rental Home option. The Muse is located in the heart of Bay View, just a two blocks from the thriving Kinnickinnic (KK) & Lincoln Ave downtown area with cafes, restaurants, bars, and unique shops. It's also easy to walk, bike or drive to the beautiful Lake Michigan shore, with great views of downtown Milwaukee. 


Bed & Breakfast


JULIA'S ROOM – Rich blue peacock-motif room with queen size bed, memory foam mattress, reading chair, antique desk, Smart TV, iHome Bluetooth alarm clock. Ensuite bathroom with 2 person spa soaking tub, pedestal sink and separate shower.

LOLI'S ROOM – A dynamic mix of past and present. Queen size bed, original tin ceiling, built-in cupboard, Prairie Style stained glass windows and light fixtures mixed with contemporary decor. Sitting area with comfortable reading chair, writing desk and chair, Smart TV, iHome Bluetooth alarm clock. Ensuite bathroom with combination tub/shower.

CHERYL'S  ROOM– Large room with Queen-size bed and sitting area with two chairs and antique vanity. Smart TV and alarm clock. Private bath with shower across the hall.

ANGELA'S SUITE – Spacious four room suite includes:

  • Master bedroom with king-size bed and an adjoining room with a trundle day-bed perfect for singles or kids traveling with you. Decorative original fireplace and attached private porch.
  • Private bathroom with antique claw tub and shower.
  • Kitchen/Dining room – microwave, mini refrigerator, table with seating for 6, wet bar, coffee maker, electric tea kettle
  • Living room – comfortable seating, Smart TV, electric fireplace, contemporary chandelier and additional dining table


DINING ROOM – Dining area and lounge with comfortable chairs and complimentary refreshments.

LOUNGE – Comfortable sitting area with games, and adjacent covered porch.

COMMUNAL KITCHEN – Full kitchen on the second floor available for guest use.

OUTDOOR LOUNGE SPACE –Coming Summer of 2017 - a spacious outdoor seating area with benches, patio set, grill, fire pit and English rose garden.  


• Gourmet breakfast daily
• Complimentary beverages and homemade treats
• Smart TV with Netflix, Hulu and Pandora subscriptions
• Free Wi-Fi
• Free off-street parking
• Hair dryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion
• Room air conditioners
• On-site laundry
• Bicycles