The Pabst Mansion, home to beer baron Captain Frederick J. Pabst, was designed by George Bowman Ferry and Alfred Charles Clas, construction at 2000 Grand Avenue lasted two years and was completed in July of 1892 at a cost of just over $254,000 – including the house, furnishings, and artwork. As leading figures in Milwaukee society, Captain Pabst and his wife, Maria, became consummate art collectors, filling their mansion with priceless treasures. After the Pabst descendants sold the house in 1908, it became the archbishop’s residence and the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than sixty years. Bring your groups to experience this award-winning historic museum and one of Milwaukee’s great architectural landmarks! Groups of all interests are welcome! Groups of 15+ receive a 75 minute guided tour, up to two free admissions for tour leaders, and discounted rates.
After you have absorbed all the elegance of the Pabst Mansion’s interiors head over to the brewery for more Pabst history. Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery takes you back to 1844 to tell how the small Best & Company brewery transformed into the Pabst Brewing Company. Step into the Captain’s Courtyard and take a picture with Captain Pabst. See Blue Ribbon Hall, the King’s Courtyard, and visit the Vintage Gift Shop. Complete your tour with a sampling of Pabst in the Best Place Tavern. Just down the street, Pabst has returned to its historic home with an experimental microbrewery.
Or visit the Grohmann Museum which houses the 1,100 European and American paintings and sculptures (1580-present) in the Man at Work Collection, the world’s most comprehensive collection documenting the evolution of organized work. The museum has three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed along with feature exhibitions. The museum also has a rooftop sculpture garden containing a dozen large, bronze sculptures – men toiling in the field and foundry, heaving hammers or pinching molten metal with hot tongs – perch on the roofline of the Grohmann Museum. These fellows, each about 9 feet tall and weighing in at a thousand pounds apiece, have a commanding view of a city that was built on the hard work they depict. A great vantage point for your group to view the city and enjoy the green roof and the hand-painted mural located atop the museum.