Milwaukee Sights

From the north, I–43 provides controlled access into Downtown Milwaukee. I–94 leads to Downtown from Chicago and other points south and west of the city. If you are traveling to sites in the wider metropolitan area, from I–94 you can connect to I–894, which bypasses central Milwaukee.

Lake Michigan is Milwaukee's eastern boundary; Wisconsin Avenue is the main east-west thoroughfare.

Milwaukee's Downtown, the central Business District, is 1 mi long, a few blocks wide, and is divided into east and west by the Milwaukee River. The East-West Expressway (I-94/I-794) is the dividing line between north and south. Streets are numbered in ascending order from the Milwaukee River west well into the suburbs. Many Downtown attractions are near the Milwaukee River and can be reached on foot.

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Milwaukee Public Museum

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Considered among the best natural history museums in the country, this museum houses more than 6 million specimens and artifacts. One...

Milwaukee River Cruise Line

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Like the Chicago River, Milwaukee's namesake waterway has become a focal point of its downtown. From the Edelweiss boats, you can view...

Mitchell Park Conservatory

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Known to locals simply as "The Domes," the conservatory consists of three 85-foot-high glass domes that house tropical, arid, and seasonal...

River Walk Boat Tours and Rentals

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Cruise the Milwaukee River on the 45-seat Brew City Queen or the 20-seat Milwaukee Maiden; you can also rent a private pontoon. Nightly...

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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Forests, ponds, marshland, and trails attract nature lovers to this 185-acre wildlife area and environmental research center, which is...

St. Joan of Arc Chapel

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This small, stone 15th-century chapel with tiny stained-glass windows was moved from its original site near Lyon, France, to Long Island...

St. Josephat's Basilica

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Built at the turn of the 20th century, this basilica has a copper dome modeled after the one atop St. Peter's in Rome. Inside is a collection...


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Frank Lloyd Wright built his summer residence about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Milwaukee (Taliesin West was his winter home in...

The Pabst

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Built in 1895 and remodeled in 1976, this Downtown Victorian theater—which presents top musical and theatrical entertainment—is on...

The Pabst Mansion

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Completed in 1892 for beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst, this is one of Milwaukee's treasured landmarks. The 37-room Flemish Renaissance–style...


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