Milwaukee Quick Guide
Milwaukee has both a lively cultural scene and the manufacturing muscle to produce some of America's most iconic products. The city's economy is driven by agriculture, government, manufacturing and retail and wholesale trade.
Downtown Milwaukee offers visitors a number of world class attractions with easy access via the Milwaukee County Transit Trolley (MCTS). The River Route includes stops in the historic Third Ward, home of the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design. Or take the Lake-Valley Route into Westown for access to the Milwaukee Public Museum and Discovery World Museum.
Milwaukee's City Hall is located at 200 E. Wells St. Other city departments and offices operate from the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building at 841 N. Broadway St. or the 809 N. Broadway Building. For easy access to all city offices and departments, residents are encouraged to call 414-286-CITY for Milwaukee's "One-Stop Shop for City Services and Information." As well, many Milwaukee county offices are located in the County Courthouse Building at 901 N. 9th St.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map driving directions from Downtown Milwaukee to areas such as historic Walker's Point, Marquette University and the East Side, or get there via the MCTS.
Making Milwaukee Your Home
Milwaukee Shopping and Services
Looking for the best bargains and services in Milwaukee? Experience shopping in the Third Ward, at the Bayshore Town Center (which used to be called the Bayshore Mall), or the Shops of Grand Avenue. Or browse for food and more at the Milwaukee Public Market.
Where to Go in Milwaukee
Milwaukee boasts a number of historic neighborhoods and districts including the Third Ward and Walkers Point, and historic thoroughfares that include Old World Third Street, King Drive and Brady Street.
Art and culture buffs won't want to miss the historic Third Ward, a revitalized warehouse and manufacturing district that houses most of the city's galleries and theater companies as well as restaurants, nightspots, specialty stores and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
At the new Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, you can see exhibits of innovation and technology as well as freshwater and saltwater aquariums. And at the Milwaukee Public Museum, you can view a collection of nearly 20,000 pieces ranging from the paintings of Jean-Honore Fragonard to the pop art of Andy Warhol.
Things to Do in Milwaukee
Milwaukee's brewing culture is legendary. In fact, Milwaukee was once known as the brewing capital of the world. The city offers several venues for appreciating - and tasting - all things breweriana. For a historic overview, stop by the Museum of Beer and Brewing, or tour brewing facilities operated by Miller, Lakefront or Sprecher.
Several waterways including the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan provide a number of opportunities for boat tours, sailing and other water-related activities, depending on the Midwestern weather.
Those with a need for speed will appreciate the opportunity to tour the Harley-Davidson facility in Wauwatosa, where the legendary Sportster and Buell engines are assembled.
Popular Milwaukee Attractions
- Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin
- International Clown Hall of Fame
- Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)
- Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art