Walking Tours

Walking Tour Fees

  • FREE for HMI Members
  • FREE Children under 6
  • $2.00 ages 7-17
  • $10.00 Non-Members

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Please note that our tour guides do not process credit cards. If you do not pay online in advance, please be prepared with cash or check.

No Reservations necessary except for groups of 10 or more. Call HMI to reserve for a group of 10 or more: 414-277-7795.

Our regular weekend walking tours are not taking place Sept. 20-21 during Doors Open. 

Historic Third Ward

June 7 – October 12**
Saturdays at 11 am
Time: 1.5 hours
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third wardThe Tour: Tour the historic hip Third Ward! This up-and-coming area grew out of the ashes of the 1892 fire, which destroyed an early Irish neighborhood. Guests will be guided down North Water, East Buffalo, North Broadway, East Chicago and East Erie Streets and learn about the wonderfully designed warehouses and the diverse group of industries that thrived in them. Today, the historic warehouses are home to a vibrant community of trend-setting restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, theatre groups, creative businesses and condos.

Where to Meet: Meet at the north east corner of St. Paul and Broadway.


Brady Street

June 7 – October 12**
Saturdays at 1:30 pm
Time: 1.5 hours
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Brady StThe Tour: Brady Street is one of Milwaukee’s most colorful and storied neighborhoods. Guests will travel through the neighborhood on a half-mile stroll and learn about the area’s Polish and Italian roots, the counter culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the area’s recent urban renaissance. Highlights of the tour include: Three Holy Women (St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church), Pulaski Street, Polish flats, Peter Sciortino’s Bakery, Engine Company #6, Schlitz Brewing Company Tavern, Regano’s Roman Coin (Pabst Brewing Co. Saloon) and Glorioso’s Italian Market.

Where to Meet: Meet at the northeast corner of Humboldt Avenue and Brady Street in front of St. Hedwig’s Church.


North Point Mansions

June 22 – October 12**
Sundays at 1:00 pm
Time: 1.5 hours
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North PointThe Tour: This tour cover the oldest section of Milwaukee’s Upper East Side and includes the upper-class residential neighborhood stretching south to Back Bay Park and north to Wahl Avenue at Belleview. This area is closest to Lake Michigan and is known as the North Point Historic District. The neighborhood is known for its intact early twentieth century architecture and historical importance. Highlights of the tour include: North Point Water Tower, St. Mary’s Hospital, Frederick C. Bogk house (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), Gustav Trostel Mansion, William Osborne Goodrich House, Gustav and Hilda Pabst House and Villa Terrace.

Where to Meet: Meet at the fountain near the southeast corner of North Avenue and Lake Drive.


Downtown Thru the Eras

June 8 – October 12**
Daily at 10 am
Time: 2 hours
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MKE downtown viewThe Tour: Tour Milwaukee’s architecture through the eras! The tour begins in Milwaukee’s historic downtown and ends at the ultra-modern Milwaukee Art Museum at the lakefront. Tour guide will help guests explore the architecture and streetscape to gain insight into how the commercial use of the rivers, lake and harbor helped create the Milwaukee we know today. Highlights of the tour include: Plankinton Arcade, City Hall, Milwaukee Riverwalk, Iron Block, Chase Bank, Mitchell Building, Grain Exchange (Mackie Building), Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Building, Wells Building, Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee Club, Federal Building, Gas Light Building (designed by Eschweiler and Eschweiler), US Bank Building, Northwestern Mutual Life Data Center, War Memorial Center (designed by Eero Saarinen) and the Milwaukee Art Museum (designed by Santiago Calatrava).

Where to Meet: Meet in front of the Plankinton Statue on the street level lobby in the shops of Grand Ave at 161 West Wisconsin Avenue.


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.