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“Very interesting and informative”
Review of Pabst Mansion

Pabst Mansion
Ranked #6 of 174 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.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Very interesting and informative”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Our guide was very informative and seemed really enthusiastic about her job. The home is fascinating--it's really neat that it managed to be so well preserved. Being as it's a work in progress, it will be interesting to visit again a few years from now to see what restoration has been completed.

Don't be weirded out if you arrive for the first tour of the day (10 a.m.) and the place is still locked up tighter than a drum. Heaven forfend that the gift shop be open for ticket sales before the hour.

Visited June 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Informative tour, excellent restoration”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The tour docent was incredibly knowledgeable of the house and family and the house itself is beautifully preserved and restored without being stuffy. The restoration continues on the second floor, but they are doing things right -- slowly and from actual photos of the original furnishings. Nevertheless, there's plenty to look at. Our tour lasted the full hour and involves standing the entire time -- if you are unable to stand the full time and need to sit, they can direct you to chairs set up for the purpose.

Visited June 2013
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Alexandria VA
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Soak in the Ambiance of this Victorian Beer Baron's Home”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

A beautiful house museum of the Pabst (beer) family located on what used to be rich man's row in Milwaukee. This house is wonderfully preserved, thankfully after the family had to sell up the Milwaukee Catholic Diocese took it over and other than painting all of the original stunning woodwork white, did not do anything to destroy the rooms or craftsmanship. Pitty the poor restorers who must have spent thousands of hours stripping white paint from it. Beautifully furnished in the Victorian tradition with lots of German immigrant touches, the small docent led tours are informative and well presented. The fee is low, there is sufficient parking. There are no outbuildings left but you can see both the kitchen/pantry areas and the rich familys' quarters with many special touches.

Visited November 2012
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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must see !!”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

The tour & most of the rooms are as they were - be prepared to climb stairs if you want to see it all.

Visited May 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Educational, informative glimpse at history”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

This was a wonderful tour put on by the local historical society, and it truly was the best value for the money. At $9 per person (and you can save a few dollars finding a coupon in some of the local travel books), you'll get a two-hour, well-interpreted home tour by an informed, passionate docent. Loved the history of both the Pabst family, the beer industry of Milwaukee and the home itself. Definitely well worth the time and money.

Visited April 2013
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