Kohler's long and colorful history lesson starts in the lower level of the Design Center with a look at the beginnings of the company and the Village of Kohler, one of the first planned communities in the United States. A short film and extensive displays provide an historic perspective of the company, from its establishment in 1873 as a maker of cast iron farm implements to its present day status as the nation's plumbing industry leader.
Growth in Kohler's product lines and changes in consumers' tastes are witnessed throughout the museum. Original artwork from early product advertisements enhance the displays of product they promoted.
This ever-growing collection of artwork hails from Kohler’s Arts/Industry program, a collaboration between Kohler Co. and artists from around the world.
Developed in 1974 by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, this ongoing artist-in-residence program opens the Kohler factory doors to creative minds, giving them access to tools and materials to create astounding works of art.
Along with the collection found in this gallery, many pieces can be seen on display throughout the Village of Kohler.