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Schedule a Historic Milwaukee walking tour for your group or request our step-on guide service to lead your next chartered tour! We have several pre-planned walking tours and bus tours available for you to choose from.
Bay View (Limited Availability)
Learn how Bay View began with a patchwork of industry and diverse group of immigrants and grew to the charming neighborhood you see today. 1.5-2 hours
This East Side neighborhood, with its Polish and Italian working class communities, briefly became Milwaukee’s counter-culture stronghold in the 60’s and 70’s. 1.5 Hours
German Heritage (Limited Availability)
Old World Third Street has buildings from the late 1800’s with a distinctly Teutonic flavor. Learn about businesses and locales that were instrumental in making the city into a “Deutsche Athens.” 1.5-2 Hours
Historic Milwaukee’s Downtown
This unique tour of our most prestigious downtown buildings starts at the Plankinton Building and ends at the Milwaukee Art Museum to view its stunning new architecture. This tour is best enjoyed at full length (2 hours) but can be condensed down to 1-1.5 hour(s) if necessary.
Historic Third Ward
Learn about the area’s early immigrant settlers and explore the warehouses that once housed a diverse group of industries. Today, the area is home to trend-setting businesses. 1.5 Hours
North Point Mansions
From Tudors to Frank Lloyd Wright, see the impressive mansions of the North Point Neighborhood! The area is known for its intact early twentieth century architecture and historical importance. (Tour is exterior only.) 1.5 Hours
Riverwalk (Limited Availability)
Discover the design concepts used to create the Riverwalk’s path and enjoy sculptures dotting the landscape. This tour also highlights the architecturally significant buildings that flank the Milwaukee River. 1.5-2 Hours
Explore the early history of Milwaukee as seen from the modern skywalk system. Perfect for the winter months! 1.5 Hours
Step On Guides (Bus Tours)
We have step-on guides available!
You choose the route, book the transportation, and HMI provides a trained guide to direct your chartered tour. The fee is $40.00 per half hour, per bus. We require a minimum of a 1 hour tour. You must provide your own motor coach transportation.
Three Original Settlements
Milwaukee began as three separate settlements: Juneautown, Kilbourntown and Walker’s Point. They united in 1846 to form the City of Milwaukee. Today, second, third and fourth generations of buildings occupy downtown Milwaukee, but Walker’s Point retains much of its original late 19th century character. This tour traces the historical development of Milwaukee.
Time: 1.5 to 3 hours
In Search of Milwaukee’s Beer Barons
Join us as we journey in search of the men who made the “Brew City” famous – the original Milwaukee Brewers. See the sites where the Blatzes, Gettelmans, Millers, Pabsts and Uihleins brewed their famous beers, built their palatial homes and raised their families. This tour could include a tour of Miller Brewing or one of the new microbreweries in the Milwaukee area.
Time: 1.5 hours and up to 1 additional hour for a brewery tour.
Join us and explore important historical and architectural areas of the City of Milwaukee. In addition to Milwaukee’s downtown business district, this tour can include many of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods including the East Side, the lakefront, Bay View and the Historic Third Ward. The tour includes views of many architect-designed houses including some by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Time: 1.5 to 3 hours
South Side (limited availability)
Discover Milwaukee’s South Side churches and the ethnic groups that established them. Interiors can include Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and St. Josaphat’s Basilica.
Time: 2 hours for exterior views with an additional 2 to 3 hours for interior tours.
We currently offer three, one-hour presentations on Milwaukee history and culture which are perfect for groups in an indoor setting.
Choose from Early History of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Highlights, and You Know You’re A Milwaukeean When and a trained Historic Milwaukee guide will lead the presentation. The fee for each presentation is $40.00.