Your next film destination

Milwaukee is a film-friendly city with award-winning appeal

From scenes in big budget films like “Public Enemies” and “Transformers 3” to cable TV series, independent film projects, commercials, documentaries and more, Milwaukee is an ideal film location, offering diversity, affordability, and collaborative local partners.

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Photo: Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” host Josh Gates and crew filmed in Milwaukee in 2017

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The Milwaukee Film Office

We are your local resource for:

  • Assistance with location scouting, transportation, and accommodations
  • Securing local production assistance
  • Information on permits (City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee County Parks,   Wisconsin Department of Transportation, etc.)
  • Providing local contacts to help your production team accomplish its goals

Diverse Locations:

  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • Milwaukee Art Museum's Santiago Calatrava expansion, a stunning wing-like structure, the span of a Boeing 747, that opens and closes daily
  • Ethnic/historic neighborhoods: Old World Third Street, Historic Third Ward, Brady Street, Walker’s Point
  • Diverse architecture -  beautifully preserved “cream city brick” buildings from mid-late 19th century to sweeping contemporary
  • Warehouse and industrial districts
  • Located at the intersection of 3 rivers (Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnikinnic), and Lake Michigan - shoreline, beaches, water shots, harbors, marinas
  • RiverWalk - 3-miles in length
  • House museums like the Italianate-style Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum with Italian Renaissance Gardens
  • Miller Park – the only fan-shaped, retractable roof in an MLB ballpark
  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (3 enormous glass domes, housing desert/tropical/changing exhibits)
  • Northpoint Lighthouse – overlooking Lake Michigan
  • Corner bar, tavern culture, retro bowling lanes, hipster neighborhoods, upscale suburbs

What you should know

Right to Work

Wisconsin is a Right to Work State. Depending on the venue, unionized workers are not required unless mandated by the venue.


Permits aren’t needed to film in Milwaukee except when they impede a public right-of-way such as closures of streets or sidewalks, or reserved parking for production vehicles.

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Emily Tau
VISIT Milwaukee
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Need visuals to get started?

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Images of the locations above, along with limited b-roll, can be viewed in the VISIT Milwaukee Image Gallery. Just submit basic contact information and someone from our communications team will email you the login information. That person can also help you find specific images, saving your time and hassle. Images may be downloaded and used, with credit given to VISIT Milwaukee. If images are used for commercial purposes, please send us your release for signature.

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Badger Guide

The most complete directory for Film, Video, Television, and Commercial Production in Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance

Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance supports all forms of media, television, and filmmaking, both artistic and commercial.

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Department of Public Works

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works is helpful and collaborative and makes the permit process as simple as possible.

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