You don’t need to have bookish tendencies to enjoy a day at Milwaukee Public Library. Dating from 1898, this imposing building is one of the city’s most appealing historic landmarks and a deserving member of the National Register of Historic Places. It was constructed in a neo-renaissance style out of limestone and crowned by a large central dome.
To get a sense of its place in history and its architecture, join one of the free guided tours held each Saturday afternoon. Tours are also available at other times by appointment. Despite its function as a busy city library, there are a lot of original decorative features still visible. Admire the colorful Italian mosaic tiling, brass and stained glass lighting fixtures, and large Corinthian columns.
Venture into the Old Board Room and Art and Music Room to see intricate hand-carved maple furniture. The latter houses a comprehensive collection of rare art books and sheet music dating back to the early 19th century. The Children’s Room is a riot of vibrant color, with dozens of animal-shaped prints on the walls and furniture. The room is noted for its Hans Christian Andersen window feature, which was installed in 1896. Storytelling, arts and crafts classes, and puppet shows take place here regularly.
For more scholarly pursuits, spend time browsing through the Rare Books Room, which houses over 6,000 items. A few date back to the 15th century. Don’t miss the hefty Autograph Book, which contains signatures and drawings from over 2,000 prominent figures of the late 19th century, including Mark Twain and Thomas Edison.
The library is situated on W. Wisconsin Avenue in central Milwaukee, just east of the North–South Freeway. It’s open seven days a week. There is limited street parking, but the nearest bus stop is only half a block from the main entrance.
Situated in Milwaukee, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harley-Davidson Museum and Marquette University. Henry W. Maier Festival Park and Miller Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This downtown Milwaukee hotel is located in the city’s bustling center, close to the Milwaukee River, one block from Bradly Center and Milwaukee Theatre, and linked via skywalk to shops on Grand Avenue and various restaurants.
Less than a mile from the lakefront, the Hilton Milwaukee is connected to the convention center via sky bridge.
Located in the heart of Milwaukee, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wisconsin Center, The Shops of Grand Avenue, and Harley-Davidson Museum. Marquette University and Milwaukee Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in East Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pabst Theater and BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This restored 1920s Art Deco hotel, located in downtown Milwaukee, is 4 blocks from Marquette University, and near many conveniences, such as train and metro stations, shops, a ferry terminal, and a convention center.
Located in the heart of Milwaukee, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wisconsin Center and BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Fifth Ward, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Lakes Distillery and BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World are also within 2 mi (3 km).