WALKING TOURS

Tour Tickets

Tours are free or discounted for members, consider joining today!

Learn About Membership 

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.

Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Fill out this form to book a private tour: Private Tour Request Form

Downtown Tour

Skywaukee

Saturdays at 1 PM
(Some Saturdays at 11 AM – please see calendar for Saturdays with 11 AM tours)

November 3, 2018 to April 20, 2019

Learn more about Milwaukee’s history without going outside as you hop from building to building in this unique tour. Explore downtown Milwaukee through its skywalk system that highlights key Milwaukee sights and landmarks!

Meets at the Plankinton Arcade in Grand Avenue Mall at 161 W Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202

Please note that the Grand Avenue Mall is currently under renovation. This requires a very brief portion of the tour route to be moved outside. This portion of the walk is conducted on city sidewalks – the tour group crosses Wisconsin Ave.

Tours run for 1.5 – 2 hours.

The tour is handicap accessible.

The only public restrooms in the Grand Avenue Mall are in the TJMaxx.

Tickets
HMI Members: FREE
Non-Members (Ages 12+): $10
Ages 6 – 11: $5
Ages 5 & Under: FREE

Downtown Tour

The HOP Streetcar Tour

Thursdays at 10 AM (starting May 23, 2019)
Saturdays at 2 PM

Please note this tour includes use of HMI’s audio system. When you book a ticket you will be required to complete a waiver related to use of the audio system. You cannot go on the tour without a completed waiver for each person in your party. Waivers can be completed online or in the office before the tour.

Please be prompt to ensure the entire group can be equipped with the necessary technology and arrive at the HOP platform as scheduled. This tour is conducted on a public car and HMI cannot guarantee each tour participant will have access to a seat for the entire tour. Because the HOP is operated for the public and cannot be delayed, latecomers will not be able to join the tour.

Explore Milwaukee’s distant and more recent past while enjoying a smooth ride on the new HOP streetcar. From historic commercial architecture to mid-century urbanism and highway building, this tour will explore the threads of development that have led to the installation of the streetcar as well as additional growth in Downtown.

Meets at Historic Milwaukee, Inc., 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53212

Tour runs for 90 minutes.

The tour is handicap accessible. For specific information regarding accessibility on the HOP, please visit their website.

Downtown Tour

Please note: there are no refunds for this tour and Groupon offers do not apply.

Summer Walking Tours

Tour Tickets

These tours begin on Monday, May 20, 2019. Tickets for the summer tour will be available soon. See below for tour dates and descriptions.

Tours are free or discounted for members, consider joining today!

Learn About Membership 

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.

Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Call to book a private tour: 414-277-7795.

Tickets
HMI Members: FREE
Non-Members (Ages 12+): $10
Ages 6 – 11: $5
Ages 5 & Under: FREE

Downtown Tour

Please note, any tour tickets are non-refundable if you cancel your tour. We can re-book you on another tour, otherwise we’ll apply your fees to our educational programming. As a non-profit we educate the public about history, architecture and preservation in Milwaukee. Groupon offers do not apply to HOP Streetcar tours.

Historic Milwaukee’s Downtown
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday at 10 am
This unique tour of our most prestigious downtown buildings starts at the Mackie Building and ends at the Milwaukee Art Museum to view its stunning new architecture.

Sculpture Milwaukee
Wednesday at 3 pm and Sundays at 10 am
Explore a different set of sculptures each summer with Historic Milwaukee and Sculpture Milwaukee. The tour touches each individual artwork and explores the history, placemaking and impact of public art along Wisconsin Ave.

RiverWalk
Wednesday at 5:30 pm
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.

Historic Third Ward
Saturday at 11 am
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.

Bay View
Alternate Saturday at 1 pm (see calendar for dates)
Learn how Bay View began with a patchwork of industry and diverse group of immigrants and grew to the charming neighborhood you see today.

Brady Street
Alternate Saturday at 1 pm (see calendar for dates)
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.

North Point Mansions
Sundays at 1 pm
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.