Milwaukee Tourist Attractions

The city of Milwaukee lies some 90 mi. north of Chicago on the west side of Lake Michigan at the inflow of the Milwaukee River, which is joined within the city area by two tributaries, the Menomenee and the Kinickinnic. The town grew out of a trading post established in the 18th c. near the Indian village of Melleoki. Much of the population is of German origin, and the city has been called the German Athens of America.
German influence is still apparent in many features of the city. Its greatest claim to fame is as the home of Harley Davidson, the legendary motorcycle. Milwaukee has an important port, accessible all year round on the Street Lawrence Seaway.


The main sight on the Lakefront is the War Memorial Center (1957), commemorating the dead of the Second World War and the Korean War. It was designed by the celebrated architect Eero Saarinen. In the same complex on the Lakefront, is the Milwaukee Art Museum. A striking building, with collections that include American and European works from the 19th and 20th centuries.
To the south of the War Memorial Center are the Municipal Pier and the Henry Maier Festival Grounds, where the famous SummerFest is held annually in June/July.

City Hall

Milwaukee's City Hall is a grand old building. Built over a number of years and finished in 1895, the City Hall is one of the tallest remaining skyscrapers of its design left in the world. The 393 ft/ 108 m tall building has been, and continues to be, a important symbol of the city. The building was designed and built by Henry Koch and is of the German Renaissance Revival style.

Harley Davidson

The world-famous Harley Davidson motorcycle came into being at the corner of Highland Boulevard and 38th Street. Here in 1901 William S. Harley, Arthur and Walter Davidson and a German engineer produced the first Harley Davidson. They went into mass production in 1903, and thereafter the fame of the Harley Davidson spread round the world.
Official site:
Address: 11310 West Silver Spring Road, Milwaukee, WI 53225, United States

Pabst Theater

The Pabst Theatre is one of Milwaukee's architectural gems. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this performing theater is built just like the Europe's best opera houses. It has a Baroque interior and boasts of a spectacular chandelier and an Italian Carrara marble staircase. The Pabst Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Official site:
Address: 144 East Wells, Milwaukee, WI 53202, United States

Greek Orthodox Church

This Milwaukee church is like no other. Built and designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Greek Orthodox Church is circular in nature. It has a large blue dome with a gold cross on top. Out front is a water fountain and wide, perfectly tended lawns.
Official site:
Address: 9400 West Congress Street, Milwaukee, WI 53225, United States

Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)

The Mitchell Park Conservatory in the western part of town has three gigantic glass domes containing plants from the tropics and from desert areas. To the north-west, on the outskirts of the city is Milwaukee County Zoo.
Address: 524 South Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI 53215, United States

Public Museum

To the west of the Civic Center is the Public Museum, with fascinating natural history displays of life-size dinosaurs and a reconstruction of a tropical rainforest, as well as a presentation of Milwaukee's past in the "Streets of Old Milwaukee".
Official site:
Address: 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, United States

Pabst Mansion

North-east of the university campus is the Pabst Mansion built in 1893 for the magnate F. Pabst, a steamer captain who married Maria Best.
Official site:
Address: 2000 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233-2004, United States

Civic Center (closed)

The heart of Downtown West is the Civic Center with the Milwaukee Exposition and Convention Center and Arena (MECCA), built in 1974, linked by covered walkways to the multi-storey Grand Avenue Mall.
The Milwaukee Civic Center is the main venue in town for the multitude of performing artists that visit. It is the frequent host to a variety of conventions and has rooms of varying sizes that can be rented for just about any purpose.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum

The Betty Brinn Children's Museum located in Milwaukee provides interesting and interactive displays to children 10 years and younger. The museum has three galleries, the North Gallery containing the exhibits of "It's Artistic" and "My Body Works", the South Gallery containing exhibits "A Trading Place", "WBB TV", and "Betty's Busy Backyard". The East Gallery contains the exhibit "Raceways and On a Roll".
Official site:
Address: 929 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5406, United States

Central United Methodist Church

While most churches are known for their decor or architecture, the Central United Methodist Church in Milwaukee is known for something different; energy efficiency. The church is partially built underground to save heating costs and utilizes its bell tower for solar electricity. Regular services are held every Sunday and throughout the week.
Official site:
Address: 639 North 25th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, United States

Discovery World - James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics, and Technology

Milwaukee's Discovery World Museum, also known as the James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics, and Technology has a wide variety of exhibits. Many of the displays are interactive and suitable for children, teenagers, and adults alike. The museum also presents a changing roster of traveling exhibits related to the disciplines in its name.
Official site:
Address: 815 North James Lovell Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1423, United States

General Mitchell International Airport

Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport operates 24 hours a day and is the largest airport in Wisconsin. The airport has the usual services and restaurants visitors would expect, including a Starbucks and a Harley Davidson Shop. One feature families will appreciate is the Family Room complete with changing stations and a play area.
Official site:
Address: 5300 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207, United States

Milwaukee County Historical Center

The Milwaukee County Historical Center is the storehouse of all things related to Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. The center has a variety of exhibits and displays on the history and culture of the city. The Historical Center is housed in a building constructed in 1913, currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 910 North Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203, United States

Haggerty Museum of Art

The Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee has an extensive collection of over 2,000 pieces. There are paintings from Old Masters and some very unique contemporary video sculptures. The Haggerty Museum of Art hosts traveling exhibits of art on a regular basis and is located on the Marquette University Campus.
Address: 530 North 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233-2205, United States

Marquette University

Beyond I 43 is the campus of the private Marquette University, founded in 1864, with two notable sacred buildings, the 15th c. St Joan of Arc Chapel, transferred here from its original site in eastern France, and the Gothic-style Gesu Church, modelled on the original Gesu in Rome.
Official site:
Address: Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, United States

Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee Zoo is one of the largest in the United States, and has some truly unique and rare animals. The zoo has an active education program and is always planning a fun seasonal event. It also has an animal petting area, a raptor show, a sea lion show, camel rides and a train that runs throughout the complex.
Official site:
Address: 10001 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226-4346, United States

Pettit National Ice Center

The Pettit National Ice Center is one of the United States Premier training centers. Located in Milwaukee, the center has a number of skating rinks and a speed skating oval. The United States Olympic teams train here but the center is also open to the public for skating at regularly scheduled times.
Official site:
Address: 500 South 84th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214, United States

Pere Marquette Park

On the west bank of the Milwaukee River is the Pare Marquette Park, commemorating the French Jesuit who was the first European to reach this part of America (1674). Here too is the Milwaukee County Historical Museum.

Milwaukee County War Memorial Complex

The complex consists of four sites around the city. The Center for Performing Arts and three museums are a tribute to Milwaukee's war dead.

Milwaukee Art Museum

The recently remodeled Milwaukee Art Museum was built in 1888. It houses more than 20,000 works from antiquity to present, including early European, American, modern and contemporary, prints and drawings, photography, Asian, African, and Haitian collections.
The museum is part of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Complex.
Official site:
Address: 750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4018, United States

Charles Allis Art Museum

To the north of the War Memorial, the Charles Allis Art Museum has more American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries, exhibited in the rooms of a lavish Tudor-style villa built in 1911, with windows by Louis C. Tiffany.
Charles and Sarah Allis acquired a world-class art collection spanning more than 2,000 years. It includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, French Barbizon painters, Asian ceramics and decorative arts. Changing exhibits feature local and regional artists.
Official site:
Address: 1801 North Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, United States

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was built in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa in 1923. Highlights include fine and decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, a Renaissance Garden, and other changing exhibitions.
Address: 2220 North Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1216, United States

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