A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bed sheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a guided tour for two adults at the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion (up to a $20 value), which includes 10% off at the gift shop.
In 1892, Captain Frederick Pabst’s used his brew-based prosperity to commission the construction of this Flemish Renaissance Revival mansion, nestled among the elite residences of Milwaukee's Grand Avenue. A one-hour guided tour takes guests through the 20,000 square feet of carefully restored yesteryear, where an antler chandelier graces the reception hall, notable 19th-century artwork chatters on about westward expansion, handcrafted woodwork winds up the grand stairs, and lavish upholstery resides in the ladies parlor. Tales of the beer baron’s life accompany visitors through rooms flush with history and through a pavilion displayed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where the Pabst Brewing Company won a gold medal and was showered with blue ribbons from appreciative crowds of prize ponies.
Tour-goers can also stop by the gift shop on their way out to enjoy 10% off the likes of Pabst glassware, beer steins, and Pabst Blue Ribbon T-shirts, ideal for displaying local pride or using as the centerpiece of a beer-can Halloween costume.
Completed in 1892 as the private home of the Pabst family, Pabst Mansion stands as the last bastion of more than 80 mansions built for Milwaukee’s elite during a booming, bygone era. Since its construction, the estate has housed archbishops, priests, and sisters and was saved from near-demolition during the 1970s. The Flemish-Renaissance-Revival home has since been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places for its bounty of architectural intricacies.
Today, on-staff docents conduct a range of tours for public groups, private parties, school groups, and well-behaved rugby teams through the fortress of halls, opulent rooms, and verdant grounds, each restored to their original condition.
The Pabst Mansion’s impressive art collection includes works from the 1640s through the 1900s by artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gaetano Trentanove, and Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven. The emporium of excess also features Pabst Beer Pavilion, the pavilion built for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the glass-covered conservatory where tropical plants and beer trees continue to flourish.
The mansion gift shop holds classic Pabst drinkware and memorabilia as well as antique photos, books, and former employees' original finger paintings.
2000 W Wisconsin Ave.
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