Special Tours

Yankee Hill

Saturday, September 6, 10:00 AM
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Click here to book online!

Discover the residential area of Juneautown and learn why it became known as Yankee Hill with tour guide Rod Botts!

As Milwaukee entrepreneurs grew wealthy in the latter 1800s, they built mansions and churches on the high ground overlooking Lake Michigan east of downtown. Because many of these wealthy men originated in New York and New England, they were called “Yankees.” Hence, this section of Milwaukee became known as Yankee Hill. On this tour, you will look at the best of the remaining great Yankee Hill mansions and churches, and hear fascinating stories about the men and architects who built them.

Join us on September 6th to walk through one of Milwaukee’s most charming east-side neighborhoods! Notable buildings featured on the tour include: the James K. Ilsley house, Cudahy Tower, Juneau Park, Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial Center, Edward Diederichs house (“Lion House”) and the 1260 Apartments.

Meet: Begin tour at 10 AM in the lobby of the Astor Hotel, 924 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202.



German Heritage Tour

Saturday, October 4th, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

german heritageWalking down Old World Third Street today you are not likely to see many German shops advertising “English Spoken Here” as a special or unique service; but as early as 1848, Germans represented 1/3 of the entire population in Milwaukee and this section of the city was the life’s blood of German immigrants. This tour showcases buildings that represent German-American business, education, faith, politics, entertainment, and publishing. Join our experienced tour guides and learn about Milwaukee’s most notable German biermeisters, tanners, artists, butchers, bakers, merchants, publishers, masons, architects and clergymen. This tour celebrates Milwaukee’s German heritage and recognizes the German community as having one of the greatest cultural impacts on our city.

This 1.5 hour walking tour travels down Old World Third Street and through downtown Milwaukee. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk entire length of the tour. Highlights of the tour include: Turner Hall, Maders, Pritzlaff Building, Usingers, Second Ward Bank (Milwaukee County Historical Society), Germania Building, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pabst Theater, City Hall, Old Saint Mary’s Church, German English Academy and the Blatz Brewery Complex.

Meet: Begin tour in front of Turner Hall at 1034 N 4th St, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Gargoyles, Grotesques and Demons

Sunday, October 12, 2 PM to 3:30 PM

Saturday, October 18, 2 PM to 3:30 PM

Milwaukee’s downtown buildings feature many “faces.” These ghoulish figures appeared on medieval churches to remind people there is another world full of monsters, demons and strange beasts waiting for sinners. From monsters to angels, these architectural ornaments will delight you!

Forest Home Cemetery Tour 

Friday, October 31, 5:00 to 6:30pm 

forest homwTake a spooky tour Forest Home Cemetery with HMI expert tour guide Bob Giese! These hallowed grounds are the final resting place of Byron Kilbourn, the Davidson Brothers, Guido Pfister, Mayor George Walker, and Beer Barons Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz.


Historic Milwaukee, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee's history, architecture, and the preservation of our built environment through education and advocacy. HMI is an affiliated member of the Wisconsin Historical Society, a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Visit Milwaukee.