Milwaukee Museums & History

Milwaukee Museums & HistoryLearn about the rich Milwaukee history-from the original Native American tribes to Milwaukee's current residents. Milwaukee was built on immigration and has maintained pride in its richly varied ethnic backgrounds. Explore the art and culture that makes this diverse American city so great at one of these popular museums.

Milwaukee Public Museum
Explore the worlds of dinosaurs and butterflies at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Learn about the fascinating history of Old Milwaukee. Look to the stars in the planetarium. Look back at the changing world of natural history. Experiment with science and technology in the learning labs. And these are just some of the permanent exhibits! Traveling exhibitions rotate on a regular basis.

Address: 800 W Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233 - MAP
Phone: (414) 278-2702
Web: www.mpm.edu

Milwaukee Art Museum
Take in the celebrated art, dramatic architecture and scenic gardens at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the city's premier destination for art and culture. Whether you only have an hour or the day to spend at the museum, be sure to see the collection highlights of the 1,500 pieces on display. Missed the scheduled drop-in tour? Try the self-guided tours instead.

Address: 700 N Art Museum Dr Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 224-3220
Web: www.mam.org

Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art
Located on the campus of Marquette University, the Haggerty Museum of Art has a permanent collection of over 4,500 paintings, photographs, sculptures and other pieces of visual art. This little Milwaukee art gem is free to the public and contains famous original works by well known artists, like Salvidor Dali.

Address: 13th and Clybourn Sts. Milwaukee, WI - MAP
Phone: (414) 288-1669
Web: www.marquette.edu

Harley-Davidson Museum
Visit the unique Harley-Davidson Museum to celebrate the more than 100 year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Whether you live for the open road or bike on weekends, this nostalgic museum will give you a glimpse of history and culture that you've never seen before. Check out the 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and thousands of Harley-Davidson artifacts on display.

Address: 400 Canal St., Milwaukee, WI 53201 - MAP
Phone: (877) 436-8738
Web: www.harley-davidson.com

William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design
The William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design contains unique exhibits that trace the evolution of the world of advertising and design. You won't find another museum in the country with a comparable emphasis on the social, historical and aesthetic implications of advertising and design on American culture.

Address: 208 N Water St Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 847-3290
Web: www.eisnermuseum.org

Pabst Mansion
The former home of Captain Frederick Pabst, the world famous beer baron and founder of the Pabst Brewing Company, the Pabst Mansion is open year-round to provide guided tours about the legacy of Pabst, the history of brewing, the craftsmanship of the house and the history of Milwaukee. Stroll through and explore the well preserved and accurately restored neo-Renaissance museum house and its grounds.

Address: 2000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233 - MAP
Phone: (414) 931-0808
Web: www.pabstmansion.com

Historic Third Ward
Home to over 450 businesses, the Historic Third Ward remains a vital part of the Milwaukee community. Once filled with factories and warehouses, Third Ward witnessed the growing number of immigrants and the incorporation of these rich backgrounds into the Milwaukee culture. Within the Third Ward you will find the Eisner, Milwaukee Public Market and Broadway Theatre

Address: 219 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 273-1173
Web: www.historicthirdward.org

Also...

Brinn Children's Museum

Address: 929 E Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 390-5437
Web: www.bbcmkids.org

The Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums

Address: 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 278-8295
(414) 271-3656
Web: www.cavtmuseums.org

Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin

Address: 500 N Harbor Dr Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 765-9966
Web: www.discoveryworld.org