Milwaukee Public Market
To taste the best local flavors of Milwaukee’s food scene, visit the Milwaukee Public Market located across the Milwaukee River in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood. Here you can meet the city’s most inventive and skilled purveyors of delicious snacks and meals who partner with local farms, gardens and organic producers to source the ingredients they incorporate into their dishes. From freshly prepared soups, sandwiches and wraps to hand-tossed pizzas, hot baked cakes and muffins, you’ll find all variety of foods to satisfy every craving imaginable.
Once you’ve decided what to eat, you can enjoy your meal in the Palm Garden located on the second floor, or simply walk back to the Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown, which is a 5-minute walk from the Milwaukee Public Market. Cooking classes and team building events are also available. The market is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week except for most major holidays.
The Pabst Mansion
Take a trip through history with a visit to the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion in downtown Milwaukee. In addition to the Pabst family residence, the mansion was also home to five archbishops since it was first built at the turn of the 19th century. The local landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features the family’s expansive art collection and antique furniture. By the time the first stone was laid in the mansion’s foundation, the Pabst Brewing Company had become a household name as one of America’s greatest beer producers.
Today, the mansion not only tells the legacy of the Pabst empire, but it is also an architectural masterpiece of the Flemish Renaissance Revival style. The mansion is open to the public with special hours during the holiday season. Guided tours of the first three floors are available to adults for $14, seniors, college students and military for $12, and children ages 6-15 for $8. Children under six years of age are welcome to visit the Pabst Mansion for free. If you happen to visit Milwaukee during the holidays, the mansion is a highlight worth seeing as it turns into a winter wonderland of holiday lights, decorations and special treats.
Harley Davidson Museum
With the corporate headquarters of Harley Davidson located in Milwaukee, there’s no better place to learn about the art and history of one of America’s most famous motorcycle brands. The Harley Davidson Museum is located on 20-acres of land along the Menomonee River and includes three buildings of hundreds of thousands of artifacts that document the 110-year history of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company.
Exhibits lead you through the history of the company and show you everything there is to know about Harley Davidson. The museum is great for kids and guided tours are available for groups of 12 people or more, making for a great team experience. Special bike-themed events take place throughout the year, including BBQ and Blues featuring delicious barbeque and live music, Armed Forces Day Celebration and a Bike Night Concert Series. Visit the Harley Davidson Museum website to see a list of upcoming events and current ticket prices.
Milwaukee Public Museum
One of the city’s first museums is the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) on Wells Street less than one mile from the Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown. The natural and human history institution boasts over 4 million artifacts displayed across three and a half floors with a total of 150,000 square feet of exhibition space. Some of the most interesting objects you can see in the museum include the most complete Hebior Mammoth skeleton ever found in North America, the DeFlores Disney Collection featuring rare memorabilia, and a 1913 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are in Milwaukee the first Thursday of the month, Kohl’s Thank You Thursday invites guests to enter the museum for free from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are several dates throughout the year when the museum is either closed or closes early, so be sure to check the museum’s website before your visit.