Special Tours

Walker’s Point

En Español: Julio 19 & 27 – 2:00 PM
In English: July 20 – 2:00 PM

Sign up for the English language tour here!

Sign up for the Spanish language tour here!

Walkers Point ImageAs one of Milwaukee’s most unique neighborhoods, Walker’s Point offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of an American industrial neighborhood. The area, which is one of Milwaukee’s 3 original settlements, has traditionally been a closely-knit community where residential, industrial and religious uses have combined to offer a lively, functioning neighborhood for the city’s immigrant population.

Enjoy our guided tour and learn about the eclectic group of 19th and 20th century buildings that inhabit the area. This special tour includes buildings in the Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne and Classical Revival styles.

In celebration of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.’s 40th anniversary, this tour is being offered at discount! Non-members pay $5 while seniors, students and HMI members are FREE!

Tour begins at 2 PM in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe/ St. Patrick Church (613 S. 4th St. Milwaukee, WI 53204) and travels through Walker’s Point on foot. Tour returns to church at approximately 3:30 PM.

Excursiones en Español: El objetivo del programa es involucrar a todos los hablantes del español de Milwaukee, así como sus invitados, amigos y familiares, en el aprendizaje sobre la historia de la ciudad. Los excursionistas van a conocer la historia de Walker’s Point, sus edificios más representativos y su importancia para las comunidades hispanas de Milwaukee.

Los participantes se reunirán enfrente o dentro de la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick’s Church),  613 S. 4th St. Milwaukee, WI.


German Heritage Tour AND German Fest!

Saturday, July 26 – 9:45AM to 11:45AM
Sunday, July 27 – 9:45AM to 11:45AM

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Historic Milwaukee, Germanfest logoInc. has partnered with German Fest Milwaukee to create this special German Heritage tour!

Walking 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 two 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.

As a special bonus, this tour includes admission to German Fest! German Fest is Southeast Wisconsin’s premier German ethnic festival and “Milwaukee’s Original HAUS Party” held at the Summerfest Grounds along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Established in 1981, German Fest has been celebrating German culture and tradition, including all things German – food, travel, history, music and much more! Some of the best German cuisine can be found at German Fest. Many well-known German restaurants and food services from Southeast Wisconsin make the trip to provide attendees with authentic German fare.


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.