Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Season is from Sept. - June
This nationally acclaimed orchestra gives nearly 200 concerts a year in Milwaukee, across the country and in Europe and Asia.
Milwaukee Ballet Company
504 West National Avenue
well known for its classical and contemporary ballet.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
108 E. Wells Street
Season runs from September to mid-May. Presents traditional and contemporary plays
929 N. Water Street
This is the only professional grand opera company in Wisconsin. It performs at The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Milwaukee Riverside Theatre
116 West Wisconsin Avenue
This is Wisconsin's largest landmark theater and a showpiece for touring Broadway shows and pop and country artists.
144 E. Wells Street
Tours are offered Saturdays at 11:30 AM.
The Pabst Theater is a center for touring and local theatrical productions, concerts and dance. It is a beautifully restored 19th century Victorian theater.
located in a newly constructed 18th century
Italian Baroque opera house, presents both opera and music theater.
on the Marquette University campus presents quality concert and theater offerings.
Milwaukee County Zoo
6 miles west on US18 between US 45
and SR 100 at 10001 West Blossomwood Road
Hours and admission fees:
May-Sept.: Mon.-Sat. 9-5. Sun. and holidays 9-6
Rest of the year: daily 9-4:30. Admission charged.
Nominal charge for zoomobile and train
The Milwaukee zoo is ranked among the finest zoological gardens in the world. More than 2500 species of animals are displayed in five continental groupings and in natural habitat settings. A daily educational show features four California Sea Lions. A close up educational tour in zoomobiles is available. Other highlights are an educational dairy complex called Heritage Farm; a petting zoo, and a miniature train. Rental equipment is available for use on a cross country ski trail that passes by indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. Allow a minimum of 3 hours at the zoo. Wheel chair and stroller rentals are offered.
Milwaukee County Historical Center
Sat.10-5; Sun. 1-5. Closed holidays
The museum features a trip back in time. On display are military items, women's fashions, a panorama painter's gallery, firefighting equipment, an early 20th century pharmacy, physician's office and bank. Allow 1 hour minimum
Pettit National Ice Center,
S. of I-94 exit 306 at 500 S. 84th Street
Guided tours by appointment.
Daily 8 AM - 9 PM. Spectators Free
except during events. Admission charged.
The Center is a 200,000 square foot ice skating facility - only one of five in the world - which offers public skating along with a 400 meter speed skating oval and two international sized ice sheets for Olympic training. Various competitions and events take place periodically. The ice is open to the public several times daily.
Whitnall Park and Kettle Moraine
5879 S. 92nd Street
provide extensive gardens and nature walks. 600 acres includes an 18 hole golf course, recreational facilities, picnic areas, an environmental education center and botanical gardens. Open daily year round dawn- dusk. Among the gardens located within Whitnall Park are:
(1) Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
The Conservatory is comprised of three geodesic domes which recreate the climate of a tropical rain forest, an arid desert and a seasonal floral display. Allow 1 hour and 30 minutes
(2) Boerner Botanical Gardens
5879 S. 92nd Street
Open daily 8-7, May-Sept. Rest of the year: 8-4
Admission: free. Parking Admission charged.
contains trees, shrubs and flowers displayed in formal and informal gardens. The rose garden has more than 3000 plants of 500 varieties. Each year more than 11,000 annuals are planted for seasonal flower exhibitions. The administration building contains art exhibits.
Miller Brewing Company
4251 West State Street
Call for schedule
One could not think of visiting Milwaukee without considering a brewery tour. The Miller Brewing Company provides an inside glimpse at the fascinating history of brewing in Milwaukee as well as an opportunity to sample the current brew. The one hour tour includes stairs and four blocks of walking. Strollers are not permitted on the tour.
Tours by reservation only
Tours conducted June-August
offers some of the best connoisseur-style, or micro-brewery, beers in the world. Gourmet sodas in a variety of inviting flavors are also produced here and are available for sampling.
1872 North Commerce Street
Tours by reservation only every weekend
Call for appointment
Tour and sampling at this recently renovated state of the art brewery
International Clown Hall of Fame
161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite LL700
in Grand Avenue Mall
is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of clown art. Clown clothing, shoes, and props are displayed. Paintings and videos of clown performances can be seen. Phone ahead for schedule of live clown shows.
Milwaukee Art Museum
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
overlooks Lake Michigan
(Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm
Thurs noon-9pm, Sun noon-5pm)
under 12, free when with adult
Houses more than 20.000 works dating from the 15th century. Of particular interest are the collections of the Old Masters; 19th and 20th century European and American art and works by modern artists. Also featured are a collection of Haitian art, American folk art and the Prairie School archives of Frank Lloyd Wright. the 17th and 18th century American decorative arts are also featured.
Milwaukee Museum Center Complex
710 W Wells St
for all three attractions listed below
(1) Milwaukee Public Museum
Admission charged. 3 and under Free
In this museum, histories and mysteries of the earth, nature and humankind are imaginatively presented through dioramas such as "The Streets of Old Milwaukee" complete with lamplit lanes. A battle of the dinosaurs as well as a life sized tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurus. Restaurant and vending machines on premises. Wheelchair and stroller rentals available.
(2) Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater
(414) 319-4629 (press 2)
Thurs & Fri 11.30am-8.30pm
shows on the half-hour
provides thrills for all ages. This is the only IMAX theater in Wisconsin. It features the giant wraparound screen.
(3) Discovery World - The James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics and Technology
815 N. James Lovell Street
features more than 150 "touch and do" exhibits in the fields of science, economics and technology of particular interest to children ages 10 and up. Allow 1 hour minimum. Weekends feature science demonstrations (children under 5 not admitted) and laser light shows.
The Pabst Mansion
2000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Open Tues.-Sat. 10-3:30, Sun. noon-3:30
Prices may vary during special events
a 37 room Flemish Renaissance mansion built in 1892 for beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst. Exquisite carved wood and stained glass windows add to the beauty and grace of this home. There are 12 bathrooms, 14 fireplaces and fine ornamental ironwork. Available for rental for weddings, etc. Guided tours are available. Telephone for schedule.
Schlitz Audubon Center
1 mile east of I43 exit 82A at 1111 East Brown Deer Road
Tues.-Sun. 9-5. Admission Charged
This impressive nature preserve covers 225 acres on the shores of Lake Michigan. Where off duty wagon horses once relaxed, there are now 6 miles of trails through fields into forests, along ponds and marshlands. A building houses materials for self conducted tours. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are popular activities.