Milwaukee, WI

Best Places to Visit in Milwaukee

Haris Mohammad

The Sunburst sculpture, Milwaukee. Photo by Tom Barrett on Unsplash

Milwaukee. Also known as the Cream City or the Brew City.

Its diverse culture, historic neighborhood, renowned brewing industry, impressive architecture, and the world-famous Summerfest attract tens of millions of people every year.

If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best places to visit in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Art Museum

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The Milwaukee Art Museum is home to nearly 25000 works of art spanning centuries — paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art — mostly American and European.

Notable artists represented include Francisco de Zurbarán, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Jóan Miro, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol.

The paintings at the museum include Pablo Picasso’s Angry Owl, Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Flag, Claude Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, and Gustave Caillebotte’s Boating on the Yerres,

The museum’s Quadracci Pavilion, also known as “the Calatrava”, is a remarkable piece of architecture, and the opening of its wing-like brise soleil is one of the highlights of the museum.

A great place to spend a few hours if you are in Milwaukee.

Harley-Davidson Museum

If you love bikes, you might already know Milwaukee is where it all began for Harley-Davidson, with its founding in 1903.

Spanning an area of around 130,000 square feet, the massive museum complex houses over 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the company’s rich history.

The several galleries of the museum focus on different aspects related to the company and its iconic brand. 

For example, a series of inter-connected galleries in The Harley-Davidson Journey tells the story of how the company moved and evolved through its success and trials over the nearly twelve decades of its existence. It also holds the oldest known Harley-Davidson — “Serial Number One”.

The Engine Room, with its interactive displays, is all about the inner workings of the machine, and The Custom Culture focuses on Harley-Davidson’s impact on the American and global culture.

It’s a great place for adults and kids alike. And oh, by the time you leave the museum, you might start to think about owning a Harley-Davidson, if you don’t already.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

If you have the slightest interest in plants, you will love this place.

The conservatory has three large beehive-shaped glass domes (140 feet in diameter and 85 feet high), each of which maintains a distinct climate and setting for the variety of plants it contains.

While the Tropical Dome and the Arid Dome are largely permanent in the settings they maintain, the Floral Show Dome transforms five times each year with seasonal displays showcasing seasonal flowers.

One of the highlights of the conservatory is the large Kapok tree at the center of the Tropical Dome. The tree can grow up to 10 feet in diameter and 200 feet in height, but because the dome is only 85 feet high, about 25 feet must be removed from the tree each year by Parks Forestry.

American Family Field

Photo by Brewersfan1061, Wikipedia — CC BY-SA 4.0

Home to the Milwaukee Brewers, American Family Field — known as Miller Park until recently — is a baseball park with an impressive fan-style retractable roof (the only one in North America).

The stadium is beautiful, with an amazing atmosphere and great food options. Parking is easy, and tailgating is permitted. Even though it can be slightly expensive, I would recommend catching a game there if you are in the city.

So these were some of the best places to visit in Milwaukee. If you have more time, there are several other places to visit, like the Basilica of Saint Josaphat, Milwaukee County Zoo, and Milwaukee Public Museum.

I must add, though, that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, and there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.

Also, please follow the guidelines. Have fun but stay safe.

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