The Tripoli Shrine Center, an architectural masterpiece patterned after the famed Taj Mahal in India, began constructing in 1925 and was completed in 1928.
Experience the beauty and history of this Shrine Center, whose members support a network of 22 specialized hospitals serving children regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Visitors will marvel at the ornate interior trappings and fixtures of this unique structure, including original art, furniture, and over 1.5 million ceramic tiles that cover the floors and walls. One of Milwaukee’s historic landmarks, it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
The Center features Moorish tile designs that fill all the walls and floors. The interior of the dome is decorated with Arabic symbols and designs, and the building is complete with furniture and artifacts from 1925. The interior view of Milwaukee’s Tripoli Center dome is as breathtaking as the view from the outside. A beautiful example of Middle Eastern design, the Tripoli Shrine Center transports you to the Taj Mahal.
Visitors will step back in time as they learn about the history and details of the Center’s intricate interior design. Tour guides will explain all of the symbolism connected to the building and the Shriner’s fraternity. In addition to tours of our building, there will be a variety of different foods available in our Melham Parlor Café, which is open for lunch and dinner on both Saturday and Sunday. Take an inside look at this historic treasure that remains today as beautiful as it was when it first made its mark on Milwaukee’s skyline. Light lunches, water, soft drinks, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase in the Melham Café 10:30 am to 4 pm.