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Milwaukee Public Library

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Address: 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone Number: 414 286 3000
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2014
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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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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126 reviews 126 reviews
58 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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186 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Searcy, Arkansas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We were looking for something kid-friendly to do on a rainy evening. The library is open until 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. It has beautiful architecture and numerous displays about the area (both historical and current). The Betty Brinn Children's Room has play areas, including a light house play structure, train table, and, puppet theater, and the beautiful Hans... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I was on Jury duty and rec'd a free day to the Museum. WOW, some things have stayed the same, but much has changed. Do yourself a favor and visit this venue. You'll get lost in the maze of experience.........

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