Special Tours

German Heritage Tour - SOLD OUT!

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.

HMI Members: $10

Non-Members: $20

Gargoyles, Grotesques and Demons - Third date added!

Sunday, October 12 @ 2 PM,  Saturday, October 18 @ 2 PM  - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, October 19 @ 2 PM (tickets go on sale October 3rd at noon)

Hist.B.Mitchell.Post1960.0005Join tour guide Mary Mac as she hunts down the fantastical critters that adorn Milwaukee’s most ornate buildings. 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! This spooky walking tour is 1.5-2 hours long. Guests are welcome to join in on the fun with their own gargoyle, grotesque or demon costume.  Meet: Tour departs at 2 PM on October 12th and 18th in front of the Alexander Mitchell building at 207 East Michigan Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


HMI Members: $10

Non-Members: $20

Forest Home Cemetery Tour  SOLD OUT

Friday, October 31, 5:00 to 6:30 pm  forest homw

Take a spooky tour of the historic Forest Home Cemetery with HMI expert tour guide Bob Giese!

Located in the city’s Lincoln Village neighborhood, Forest Home Cemetery is the resting place of many influential Milwaukeeans including Byron Kilbourn, the Davidson Brothers, Guido Pfister, Mayor George Walker, and Beer Barons Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz. The cemetery was first used in 1850, and has grown to 200 acres.

This tour has a limited capacity and will sell out quickly. Tickets will be sold exclusively online on a first come first served basis. There will be NO waiting list for this special tour, so buy your tickets right away!

Historic Milwaukee is thankful for its longstanding relationship with Forest Home Cemetery. Tour goers are encouraged to enjoy this light-hearted tour while also respecting their historic surroundings and those resting there.

Meet: Meet guide at Forest Home Cemetery entrance, 2405 W Forest Home Avenue at 5 PM.

HMI Members: $10

Non-Members: $20

There will be NO waiting list for this special tour. NO EXCEPTIONS.



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.