A restored lighthouse, a rooftop sculpture garden and a museum offering beer tastings can prove to be entertaining and unexpected tour activities in Milwaukee. These hidden gems will delight and surprise groups of all kinds.
• Grohmann Museum — An art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work hangs in the Grohmann Museum, located inside the Milwaukee School of Engineering. After a guided tour, groups can enjoy a reception in the museum’s lovely rooftop sculpture garden.
• North Point Lighthouse — Guests can climb the winding steps to the top of the 74-foot-high North Point Lighthouse for gorgeous views and a history lesson. The attached Queen Anne-style Keeper’s House with a maritime museum reveals the past glory of the 1888 lighthouse with exhibits and guided tours.
• Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum — With a dramatic entrance fit for an upscale mansion in Rome, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum displays an Italian Renaissance-style home and gardens. Inside, groups can view a stunning decorative arts collection or attend a concert with the Cafe Sopra Mare music series.
• Milwaukee County Historical Society — A more than 60,000-artifact museum, the Milwaukee County Historical Society offers tours of its exhibit space and group excursions that combine a workout, such as a historic kayak trip and a bike ride, with the past. The museum’s extensive collection of more than 1 million documents and photographs paints a thorough picture of the city’s intriguing history.
• Brew City MKE Museum and Beer Bar — What began as a special exhibit in the Milwaukee County Historical Society became a permanent fixture to downtown. The Brew City MKE Museum and Beer Bar details the city’s brewing roots with group tours and tastings for a lighthearted yet informative experience.