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“Be Prepared to Learn”
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.
Tallahassee, Florida
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313 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Be Prepared to Learn”
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

Without a doubt one of the most informative tours I have taken. It is a good mix of history of the house and history of the Pabst family. The tour covers two floors but there is an elevator for those who have trouble with stairs. Be sure to donate the extra dollar that they ask for to help them continue with the marvelous renovations they are doing room by room. The tour is only hour and there isn't anything else to see so you won't risk running overtime here.

Visited July 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beer Baron's Digs”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Lots of great history. Found out Pabst met the brew-master's daughter on a riverboat and eventually took over the business. The mansion is well-restored and gave us a window to look thru to see what German-speaking Milwaukee was like before the turn of the twentieth century.

Visited June 2013
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is a classic 19th C mansion now isolated in a sea of non-descript buildings that has a fascinating history. It was interesting to see it with its on-going restoration being part of its tale. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and able to answer questions. Maybe not so great for families, but adults with any interest in history, especially of the beer barons, will find it informative.

Visited June 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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46 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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