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“A Milwaukee Treasure”
Review of Pabst Mansion

Pabst Mansion
Ranked #6 of 168 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Featuring 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces, sea captain and beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst's beautiful home was built in the Flemish Renaissance style on Milwaukee's historic Grand Avenue. During docent-led tours visitors will see the first through third floors and learn about the Pabst Mansion and family.
Lakeland, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
“A Milwaukee Treasure”
Reviewed June 9, 2011

Much of the Pabst Mansion is beautifully restored. The docent on our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the family history and the house, and the tour was quite good. The main floor of the house is seen - dining room, entry, parlours, kitchen, and the 2nd floor is also seen on the tour - this is where the family actually lived. Some of these rooms will begin their renovations soon.

Visited May 2011
3 Thank AdventureLass
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285 reviews
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“Beautifully restored historic mansion”
Reviewed April 23, 2011

The intact original woodwork, beautifully restored ceilings and wall coverings and a good deal of original furniture make the Pabst Mansion a gem. Great stop for lovers of history, architecture, decorative arts. It is opulent and ornate inside and out. They are not completed with restoration just yet, but all publicly toured areas are in good condition. I wish I had known about the private behind the scenes tours that take you to the attic, basement and third floor for not a whole lot more money. But those have to be arranged in advance.

2 Thank LaChatNoir
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Chicago, Illinois
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104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“SO Well Restored”
Reviewed March 7, 2011

I've been through lots of old mansions, but this one, by far was the best! It was wonderfully restored. I could not believe it! I suppose it helps that the mansion was owned by the archdiocese for upwards of 65 years. They obviously put lots of care into preserving the home. Great 45 minute tour through the main and second floors. We were some of the first people to see new restoration works (uncovering layers of old paint to see what the rooms originally looked like). We purchased the Magnificent Three pass, which allows entry to the Pabst Mansion, Allis Art Museum, and Villa Terrace for $12 total! Only made it to the Pabst on this trip, but the pass does not expire until November, 2011!

Visited March 2011
2 Thank maisouiamelie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2010

If you are at all interested in famous families, awesome estates, or opulence of a by gone era don't miss it. The old mansion is full of surprises of beauty and restoration. The staff are extremely friendly and well versed in their history. If you go don't miss Captain Pabst study.

2 Thank andycrna
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Aberdeen, Washington
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“Great tour!”
Reviewed July 25, 2010

We had the good fortune to have the tour led by the Mansion's curator. The interior is really impressive, and as with most tours, it's the tour guide who can make or break your experience. We learned a lot, not only about the Pabst family but also about Milwaukee around the turn of the century. Well worth a visit! Don't forget - it's Flemish Renaissance Revival! There will be a test.

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