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Milwaukee Public Library

814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233
414 286 3000
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Ranked #25 of 76 Attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Oregon
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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Once also housed the city museum...this us classical architecture but also with modern twists. Love the mosaics and the rotunda...almost a mini-Library of Congress.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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432 reviews 432 reviews
278 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Wednesdays at noon you can take a free tour that lasts about 20 minutes of the green roof. It's kind of a big deal as it was one of the first to be done in Milwaukee. It has solar panels and sedum plants. There's also a section in the library which focuses on being more green- has some information running... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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84 reviews 84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This beautiful building was built in the early 1900's. It has a great entryway. This building is a test of time. It is a must see when in the Downtown Milwaukee area. It has a lot to see, more then just books and reading material.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
53 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I did not walk around the library much. I just went into the lobby and took some pictures. It was extremely beautiful. It was worth just going in just to see that. I'm a huge fan of architecture and engineering marvels.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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319 reviews 319 reviews
142 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Cool building ~ A great way to enjoy it is to take the Free Tour on Saturdays at 1:30pm. You'll learn about the architecture, the history, and services that they provide to the community.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Even links with Marquette's Graduate Law Library, when necessary!! They will bend over backwards to track down any book in their system, no matter how obscure or infrequently-read it is!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of the iconic old public buildings that still has the cool stuff. THe lobby has been redone to the original splendor- mosaic tile floor, fake marble columns, high ceiling, etc. Even the stacks are fun to walk around in.

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Evergreen Park, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Nice Architectural Detail inside and out. Nice place to go to relax a little bit. The staff seem friendly that I spoke with. If walking there from downtown areas or the University the neighborhood is OK. I would still be aware of your surroundings. Not sure how it would be at night time in that location. If it part of... More

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Alsip, Illinois
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Toured the Library with Doors Open Milwaukee. The lobby and dome area were beautiful maintained and architecturally magnificent. We toured the attic above the dome, the old 4th floor offices but missed the roof top garden.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Free internet, and employees that are willing to help. I especially like the downtown library. A lot of homeless, but I don't mind it. hey never bothered me. Great kids section as well!

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