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Pabst Mansion

2000 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233-2043
414-931-0808
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Ranked #9 of 86 attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Featuring 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces, sea captain and beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst's castle-like home was built in Flemish Renaissance... more » Owner description: Featuring 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces, sea captain and beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst's castle-like home was built in Flemish Renaissance style on Milwaukee's Grand Avenue of Mansions. « less
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

a slice of life from the days of the beer barons. many original furnishings, art, silver, china. nice gift shop.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Built in 1890 by Captain Pabst and his wife (brewing magnate), this home is being restored and is lovely. Our guide Dan (Dave? Sorry!!) obviously loves the history of the Pabst Mansion and made the tour entertaining and interesting. Lots of walking and standing but full of information and very informative. We all agreed that we could've listened to him... More

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Madison, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We toured the mansion in late November 2013, while the mansion was decorated for Xmas. It has clearly been well maintained and the docents are very familiar with its history. There's absolutely no reason not to take the tour, but I'd not recommend trying to spend more than an hour or so here, there's really not all that much to... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

It was absolutely beautiful and the tour guide was wonderful. She knew all sorts of stories and really gave you a feel for how the house was during the Pabst's family stay through the Archdiocese quarters. Wonderful time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We took the short tour and wish we would have paid the extra for the longer one. I was surprised at how interesting the guide was, and she answered tons of questions. I wish pictures were allowed, but other than that, no complaints. We will definitely be back for the long version.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We took the tour on a Sunday afternoon. It was a small group led by a knowledgeable guide/docent. As you might expect, it was pretty strict--no touching, leaning, gum chewing, etc. but outside of that, the history lesson and variety of décor made for some good story telling. I would recommend this tour. It was the right length with the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

It is hard to believe that the Pabst Mansion was once scheduled for the wrecking ball!! The preservation society has done an excellent job of restoration. And the tours are always informative and fun. Make sure to pay attention in the Captian's Room regarding the secret compartments.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I've been to multiple mansions across the United States as a visitor. With that said, Pabst Mansion is special but not extraordinary. Our Tour guide, Darlene, was extremely detailed, informative, and polite. For the mansion itself, we were disappointed by the fact that you cannot take pictures. Even more disappointing is the fact that the gift shop does not sell... More

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great for the whole family. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Pabst Mansion. The old elegance, tapestries and decor are marvelous. The woodwork and millwork care truely works of art. The home was built so beautifully and at a surprising low cost for the day. Just seeing how they entertained and and lived was fun.

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Niles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I really loved the woodwork and the tour guide was very interesting. Being a carpenter myself it's hard to imagine hoe they did such beautiful work without all the power tools we have today

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