The Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee has a rich history that is available for all to study. In 1893, Captain Frederick Pabst, who was a world famous beer baron, sea captain, philanthropist, real estate developer, and patron of the arts built the mansion. At its Grand Avenue location in downtown Milwaukee, it stood out amongst the other architecture in the area and represented the splendor of the Gilded Age in Milwaukee. The mansion paid homage to Pabst's success, as well as his German heritage. The mansion features elegant furnishings, stunning interior architecture, elaborate wall coverings, intricate iron work, brilliant stained glass work, fine wood craftsmanship, and rare art.
Guided tours of the mansion are popular among those visiting Milwaukee, as well as Wisconsin residents. Visitors can learn of the Pabst legacy, as well as the artistry and architecture of the house, and the history of Milwaukee. The museum is open year round and offers affordable admission and group tour packages. The museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 - 4:00 pm and Sundays from noon until 4:00 pm. If you are planning a visit to Milwaukee, keep in mind the museum is closed Mondays from mid-January through February, and Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Visitors are welcome to take a guided tour, which run every 30 minutes, or peform a self-guided tour.
Admission for adults is $8.00, seniors and students are $7.00, children 6 - 17 are $4.00, and children five and under are free. There are special group tour rates available for groups of more than fifteen. The mansion does require advance notice for large groups, as well as a $25.00 deposit. Christmas group tours are available for those who would like to see the museum in its holiday finery. The museum features a gift shop that offers visitors a chance to purchase books, beer steins, and T-shirts. All of the items available in the gift shop are also available online.
The Pabst Mansion runs a special Girl and Boy Scot troop merit badge program. They provide an education opportunity for scout troups to study the history of the museum firsthand. The programs are tailored to fulfil merit programs with unique activities that will earn scouts bades. The mansion provides snacks during the events, as well as the materials for the crafts. All scout troups are required to do is arrive at the mansion on time and participate in the activity. Contact the Pabst Mansion if you are a scout troop leader interested in participating.
The museum also runs a speakers club. If you are planning an event in the area, you may be interested in a Pabst expert speaking about the history of the museum to your club, group, school, or society. This can offer a change of pace from the usual group members speaking, and will allow you members to learn about the history of the mansion and the Pabst family in Milwaukee. The speaker will present a slide presentation which typically lasts about 30 minutes, depending on your specific group's needs. This is a free service offered to the community by the mansion. If you are interested in Milwaukee history, or learning more about the Captain Frederick Pabst legacy, visit the Pabst Mansion.