WALKING TOURS


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HMI Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10
Ages 7-17: $2
Ages 6 & Under: FREE

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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 book a private tour: 414-277-7795.


Historic Milwaukee’s Downtown

Downtown_northwestern_US BankDaily @ 10 AM
May 28 – October 14
Tour length: 2 hours
No tour 9/17 or 9/18

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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).

Meet in the street level lobby of the Plankinton Building at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. If doors are locked, meet guide in front of the Plankinton Building on Wisconsin Ave. Tour concludes at the Milwaukee art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive.


River Walk

96900Thursdays @ 5:30 PM
June 2 – October 13
Tour length: 1.5 hours

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Take a casual evening stroll on Milwaukee’s beautiful Riverwalk with one of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.’s certified tour guides! Learn about the design concepts used to create the Riverwalk’s unique path and enjoy the outdoor sculptures dotting the Riverwalk landscape. The tour will also highlight the many different histories and styles of the buildings that flank the Milwaukee River.

Make an evening out of it! After the tour stay for dinner or cocktails at one of the many fine restaurants along the river.

Please note: this tour was formerly listed as having a different starting time. The correct starting time is 5:30 pm.

Meet in the park at the northwest corner of East St. Paul Avenue and North Water Street (across the street from the Milwaukee Public Market). Tour concludes at E. Mason St. and Riverwalk Way.


Historic Third Ward

3rd Ward 008Saturdays @ 11 AM
May 28 – October 15
Tour length: 1.5 hours
No tour 9/17

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This up-and-coming area grew out of the ashes of the 1892 fire that 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.

Meet by the Bublr bike station in front of the Commission House at 400 N. Broadway.


Brady Street

20160618_135804_HDR 1366x851Saturdays @ 1:30 PM
May 28 – October 15
Tour length: 1.5 hours
No tour 9/17

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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.

Meet in front of Three Holy Women Catholic Parish (St. Hedwig Church) at 1702 N. Humboldt Avenue.


Bay View

IMG_0647Sundays @ 1 PM
May 29 – October 16
Tour length: 1.5 hours
No tour 9/18

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The walking tour begins at Zillman Park and travels down Kinnickinnic Avenue to tell the story of how Bay View began with a patchwork of industry and diverse group of immigrants and grew to the charming neighborhood you see today. See first-hand how locals have transformed the area’s historic commercial buildings into cozy pubs, trending restaurants and charming boutiques. The tour concludes near the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church at the intersection of Kinnickinnic, Russell, and Logan.

Meet by the Bublr bike station at Zillman Park, 2180 S Kinnickinnic Ave.


North Point Mansions

DSC_0397 1366x911Sundays @ 1 PM
May 29 – October 16
Tour length: 1.5 hours
No tour 9/18

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This tour covers 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.

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