Tours


Take a guided tour with Milwaukee experts, educators, entertainers and more! The following tours range from free to $10/ticket. Ticket fees help offset the cost of ticketing software and support the organization that brings you Doors Open. Historic Milwaukee is dedicated to educating the public about Milwaukee’s history and architecture year round.

Tickets

Tickets for members of Historic Milwaukee will be available beginning August 22, 2018. Tickets will be available to the public on September 5. All tickets are distributed online.


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Forest Home Historical Bike Tour

Saturday (9/22) at 2 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 60-90 minutes Capacity: 30 people Meet: 2405 W. Forest Home Avenue Ride your bike through Historic Forest Home Cemetery with tour guide Sally Merrell on Saturday, Sept. 22nd. Bikers will meet in front of the Halls of History then Sally will take you through the winding roads […]

Milwaukee History Tour

Sunday (9/23) at 2 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 100 people Meet: 2405 W. Forest Home Avenue, Halls of History Join Forest Home Cemetery Historian, and Tour Guide, Paul Haubrich, as he takes you through the winding roads of Forest Home Cemetery. Learn why Forest Home was created, stop at multiple graves and […]

Milwaukee History with Murals

Sunday (9/23) at 1 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 25 people Meet: Rose Park, 3045 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Join Milwaukee Mural Map creator Caitlin Sprague on a tour of Milwaukee’s history through murals along Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and North Avenue. On this medium-paced walking tour participants […]

Lindsay Heights History & Sustainability

Sunday (9/23) at 2 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes Capacity: 20 people Meet: Ezekiel Gillespie Park, 2478 N. Milwaukee Street Join Tim McCollow (City of Milwaukee ECO Office), Sharon Adams (BID #32) and Dynasty Ceasar, Running Rebels and Jeremy Davis (Walnut Way) and witness the dramatic changes that have uplifted Milwaukee’s Lindsay […]

Wisconsin Book Bindery

Wisconsin Book Bindery: The History [and Future] of Books in Milwaukee Saturday (9/22) at 12 pm and 2 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 15 per tour Meet: 347 E. Ward Street Wisconsin Book Bindery is Milwaukee’s oldest, family-owned, traditional binding center. Never evolving into the digital age, the bindery is still using historic […]

Bike through Riverworks

Bike through Riverworks: Milwaukee’s Creative District Saturday (9/22) at 11 am and 12:30 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 50 minutes Capacity: 30 per tour Meet: 3334 N. Holton Street, where the Beerline Trail connects with Holton Street Experience an urban landscape resurrected in one of Wisconsin’s oldest planned industrial parks by bike! Ride a planned route […]

Vision of the Porcelain City

Vision of the Porcelain City: Westtown Sunday (9/23) at 10:00 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 60-75 minutes Capacity: 25 people Meet: John Plankinton Statue, SE Corner of W Wisconsin Ave. + Plankinton Ave. Join sculptor and historian Ben Tyjeski on a detailed tour of architectural terra cotta in Westtown. Beginning inside the stunning “Mecca of […]

Jones Walk

Saturday (9/22) at 11:00 am Ticket required ($10) Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 30 per tour Meet: Kaszube’s Park, 1225 S. Car Ferry Drive Join Harbor District Milwaukee for this walking tour of Jones Island. Enjoy a snack in the last remaining vestige of the Kaszube people while we learn about the history of the island […]

Milwaukee River Greenway

The Milwaukee River Greenway: Our Premier Urban Wilderness Saturday (9/22) at 10 am and Sunday (9/23) at 10 am Ticket required ($10) Duration: 2 hours Capacity: 10 people per tour Meeting Point: River Revitalization Foundation, 2134 N. Riverboat Road What do you get if you plant an acorn? Where did people swim? How clean is […]

Westlawn Gardens Neighborhood

Saturday (9/22) at 1 pm Ticket required ($10) Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 30 people Meet: Heritage Green Park, 62nd Street & Custer Avenue Westlawn Gardens demonstrates that healthy, sustainable neighborhood design isn’t limited to wealthy zip codes and hipster havens. In fact, this northwest side neighborhood has been “LEED”ing the way, having been transformed from a […]

Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington Park Legacy

Saturday (9/22) at 3:00 pm Ticket required ($10) Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 25 per tour Meet: Washington Park Senior Center Stroll curving pathways through picturesque wooded hillocks and around a 10-acre lagoon. Frederick Law Olmsted designed what was originally called “West Park” in 1892, after helping Milwaukee’s nascent parks commission choose sites for new parks. […]

Milwaukee Soldiers Home

Saturday (9/22) at 9:30 am and 11:00 am Ticket required (FREE) Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hours Capacity: 25 per tour Meeting Place: 5000 W. National Ave, at the fountain in front of Old Main (N. Gen. Mitchell Blvd.) Designed as a place to aid veterans’ healing and ease their transition back into civilian life, […]

City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility

Saturday (9/22) at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM Ticket required (FREE) Duration: 30 minutes Capacity: 34 per tour Meet: 1313 W Mount Vernon Ave. Join us for an in-depth tour of the Materials Recovery Facility with a recycling professional to see what happens to your recyclables after they are collected from your […]

City Hall Bell Tour

Saturday (9/22) and Sunday (9/23): 7 tours per day on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm.  Ticket Required (FREE) Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 25 per tour Meet: 8th floor of City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street. Take a rarely-offered climb up five steep, narrow flights of stairs. Get a chance to ring the “Solomon Juneau” — […]

Gothic Milwaukee Presents Ghosts of Yankee Hill

Saturday (9/23) at 10 am Ticket required ($10) Duration 90 minutes Capacity: 24 people Meet: This spooktacular walking tour begins in Cathedral Square on the corner of JACKSON & WELLS, at the bus stop.  Join Anna Lardinois of Gothic Milwaukee Tours to explore the Yankee Hill neighborhood. Discover Milwaukee’s first elite neighborhood and the ghosts, gossip and […]

Town of Lake/Tippecanoe Walk

Sunday (9/23) at 10 am Ticket required ($10) Duration: 2 hours Capacity: 25 people Meet: 4001 South 6th Street The Tippecanoe Walk is where pioneers James Howard, Isaac Austin and Morgan Burdick had their farms. We will visit John Saveland’s real estate developments of Lincoln Park and Bunker Hill which feature a diverse housing stock […]

Tory Hill and the Bloody Third Ward

Saturday (9/22) at 10 am Ticket required ($10) Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 25 per tour Meeting Point: Northwest corner N. 5th Street and W. St Paul Avenue Join Carl Baehr, author of From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee and Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names, […]

Rocks of Architecture

Sunday (9/23) at 11 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 20 people Meet: Water St in front of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Building stones in any city generally reflect the local geology. The great variety of rock types used in Milwaukee from the Midwest tells a geologic story that beguiles […]

Revolution in Milwaukee

Sunday (9/24) at 11 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 20 people Meet at the entrance of Turner Hall (1034 N. 4th Street) Join UWM history professor Aims McGuinness in Historic Turner Hall for an exploration of Milwaukee’s rich history of radical politics from 1848 to 1960. With a focus on the history […]

Paddle the Menomonee River

Saturday (9/23) at 9 am Ticket required ($10) Duration: approx 2 hours Capacity: 20 people Participants must be 12+ to paddle their own kayaks. Meet: Milwaukee Kayak Company 318 S Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.  Paddle with Milwaukee Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn on Milwaukee Kayak Company kayaks. On this paddle, you will explore the lower Menomonee River […]

Missing Milwaukee

Saturday (9/22) at 2 pm Ticket required ($10) Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 30 people Meet: 235 E. Michigan St. on the corner of Broadway and Michigan Street.   This walk, hosted by Yance Marti, author of Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee, will highlight several of the building sites featured in his book. Learn of […]

Milwaukee Photo Walk

Saturday (9/22) at 10 am Ticket required ($10) Duration: 2 hours Capacity: 16 people Meet: 172 North Broadway, next to the Broadway Theatre. Walk through downtown Milwaukee while hearing historic commentary and learning photographic tips for taking creative pictures with a 1.5 mile, 2-hour Milwaukee Photo Walk. Wisconsin Avenue, in particular, offers a stunning then-and-now […]

Milwaukee Club Tour

Saturday (9/22) at 11 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 12 people Meet: Main lobby of the Club at 706 N. Jefferson Street.   Built in 1882, the Milwaukee Club is the oldest city club in its original clubhouse west of the Allegany’s. The presence of the original clubhouse has been maintained with the […]

Menomonee River Valley

Menomonee River Valley Walking Tour: Industrial Past, Sustainable Future Sunday (9/23) at 9:00 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 30 people Meeting Point: Menomonee Valley Community Park on the corner of W Milwaukee Rd and W Canal St.  When Milwaukee was the Machine Shop of the World, the Menomonee River Valley was its engine, […]

Living in a Hotel: Eloise at the Plaza

Saturday (9/22) & Sunday (9/23) at 10 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 15 per tour Meet: Restored lobby of the Knickerbocker, 1028 E. Juneau Avenue Take a tour of the Knickerbocker on the Lake with actor/storyteller John McGivern, who will give you an inside look into three of the full-time residents’ condos/homes. […]

Pews ‘n Brews Tour

Sunday (9/23) at 1 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 30 people  Meeting Point: Steps in front of Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue  Take a tour with Gary Kulas, Milwaukee church & tavern guide. As the tour heads north from the steps of the Milwaukee Public Library and the churches of Grand […]

Inside the Historic Rave / Eagles Club

Saturday (9/22) at Noon and 1 pm Sunday (9/23) at 1 pm and 2 pm  Ticket required ($10) Duration: 40 minutes Capacity: 30 per tour Meet: 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue Take a guided tour of The Historic Rave/ Eagles Club.  Designed by architect Russell Bar Williamson in 1926, the Eagles Club was named to the […]

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Sunday (9/23), see below for times Ticket Required ($10) Duration: varies; ride one hour loop or use the bus to explore Milwaukee all day Capacity: 16 people Map out your day using the Milwaukee Food & City Tours Hop On & Hop Off Sightseeing Bus – a hassle-free way to enjoy the city. Enjoy the […]

Harley Davidson Museum

Saturday (9/22) 10:30 am, 1:00 pm Sunday (9/23) 10:30 am, 1:00 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 20 per tour Meet: 400 W. Canal Street Milwaukee, WI 53201 A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, […]

Downtown Transportation with Alderman Nik Kovac

Saturday (9/23) at 3 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours Capacity: 25 people Meeting Point: City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street Alderman Nik Kovac leads a tour of how we get around downtown. Along the route, participants will have their eyes opened to downtown’s extensive parking system. Learn how the car has affected our public […]

Brady Street

Saturday (9/22) at 4 pm Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 30 people Meeting Point: In front of St. Hedwigs, located on the corner of Humboldt and Brady   Join Sean Regan on a speedy walk through 150 years of Brady Street history. From Polish, German and Italian roots to counter culture in the […]

Bay View Neighborhood

Sunday (9/23) at 4 pm Ticket required ($10) Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 25 people Meeting Point: Zillman Park on the corner of KK and Ward Join Sean Regan on a walk through one of Milwaukee’s most interesting and independent neighborhoods, Bay View.  The tour will explore Bay View’s rich history from native land to early settlers, to […]

Avenues West

Saturday (9/22) at 10:00 am Ticket Required ($10) Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 20 people Meet: Ambassador Hotel, 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave. Join tour guide Bryant Zimmermann on an outdoor, walking tour through the Historic Avenues West neighborhood. Once the home of famous Milwaukeeans like Cudahy and Pabst, Avenues West is also home to long-standing institutions, light […]

Port of Milwaukee Bus Tour

Saturday (9/22) at 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm Duration: 50 minutes Capacity: 30 per bus To sign up for the bus tour: Sign up for the tours will be done starting at 7:30 AM at the Port Administration Building, 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr. First come first serve. The bus will […]

Biking on the Hank Aaron State Trail

Sunday (9/23) at 9 am No ticket required Duration 2-2.5 hours Parking and starting location: Public lot near Charter Wire just west of Canal Street, roughly under 35th Street Viaduct Bring your own bike, helmet, and water This bike tour will go through areas of great significance in the city’s history. This easy ride with […]