Book a Private Tour

Schedule a Historic Milwaukee walking tour for your group or request our step-on guide service to lead your next chartered tour! We have several pre-planned walking tours and bus tours available for you to choose from. Please contact us at least 3 weeks prior to your desired tour date. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for all private tours.

You could also consider booking your group on an existing public tour. You are welcome to purchase as many tickets as you like but we are unable to hold spots without payment.

Julia Griffith
Program Director
[email protected]

Private Walking Tours

HMI offers several private walking tours led by a knowledgeable HMI guide! Our private walking tours are $10 per person with a minimum of eight people, or $80 (whichever is greater). Reservations are required and we ask for at least three weeks notice as our guides are all volunteers. We recommend these tours for ages 12 and older.


Bay View (Limited Availability)
Learn how Bay View began with a patchwork of industry and diverse group of immigrants and grew to the charming neighborhood you see today. 1.5-2 hours


Brady Street
This East Side neighborhood, with its Polish and Italian working class communities, briefly became Milwaukee’s counter-culture stronghold in the 60’s and 70’s. 1.5 Hours


German Heritage (Limited Availability)
Old World Third Street has buildings from the late 1800’s with a distinctly Teutonic flavor. Learn about businesses and locales that were instrumental in making the city into a “Deutsche Athens.” 1.5-2 Hours


Historic Milwaukee’s Downtown
This unique tour of our most prestigious downtown buildings starts at the Plankinton Building and ends at the Milwaukee Art Museum to view its stunning new architecture. This tour is best enjoyed at full length (2 hours) but can be condensed down to 1-1.5 hour(s) if necessary.


Historic Third Ward
Learn about the area’s early immigrant settlers and explore the warehouses that once housed a diverse group of industries. Today, the area is home to trend-setting businesses. 1.5 Hours


North Point Mansions
From Tudors to Frank Lloyd Wright, see the impressive mansions of the North Point Neighborhood! The area is known for its intact early twentieth-century architecture and historical importance. (Tour is exterior only.) 1.5 Hours


Riverwalk (Limited Availability)
Discover the design concepts used to create the Riverwalk’s path and enjoy sculptures dotting the landscape.  This tour also highlights the architecturally significant buildings that flank the Milwaukee River. 1.5-2 Hours


Explore the early history of Milwaukee as seen from the modern skywalk system. Perfect for the winter months! 1.5 Hours

Step On Guides (Bus Tours)

We have step-on guides available!

You choose the topic, book the transportation, and HMI provides a trained guide to direct your chartered tour. Each tour is a minimum of one hour long, but most are recommended at 1.5-2 hours. The base price is $100 per hour per bus and additional time can be added in hour or half-hour increments. You must provide your own motor coach transportation.


Three Original Settlements
Milwaukee began as three separate settlements: Juneautown, Kilbourntown and Walker’s Point. They united in 1846 to form the City of Milwaukee. Today, second, third and fourth generations of buildings occupy downtown Milwaukee, but Walker’s Point retains much of its original late 19th-century character. This tour traces the historical development of Milwaukee.
Time: 1.5 to 3 hours


In Search of Milwaukee’s Beer Barons
Join us as we journey in search of the men who made the “Brew City” famous – the original Milwaukee Brewers. See the sites where the Blatzes, Gettelmans, Millers, Pabsts and Uihleins brewed their famous beers, built their palatial homes and raised their families. Consider a stop at Miller Brewing or one of the new microbreweries in the Milwaukee area after the tour as a fitting and fun conclusion to your afternoon!
Time: 1.5 hours to 2 hours


Milwaukee Highlights
Join us and explore important historical and architectural areas of the City of Milwaukee. In addition to Milwaukee’s downtown business district, this tour can include many of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods including the East Side, the lakefront, Bay View and the Historic Third Ward. The tour includes views of many architect-designed houses including some by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Time: 1.5 to 3 hours


South Side (limited availability)
Discover Milwaukee’s South Side churches and the ethnic groups that established them. Interiors can include Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and St. Josaphat’s Basilica.
Time: 2 hours for exterior views with an additional 2 to 3 hours for interior tours.

Slideshow Presentations

$50 for a 45 minute PowerPoint presentation

Early History of Milwaukee 
This exploration of Milwaukee history, covering the Prehistoric, Village and Commercial periods of Milwaukee’s early development, is intended to build upon a basic understanding of Milwaukee’s development. Sharing stories about familiar figures and introducing lesser-known players, this presentation will take you back in time to where Milwaukee began.

You Know You Are a Milwaukeean 
From five baseball teams to the Polish Moon, You Know You’re a Milwaukeean celebrates the quirky history that made Milwaukee unique. Nostalgia for lifelong residents and a quick education for those new to the Cream City, the architecture, pop culture and history highlighted here are not to be missed!