After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, beer rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate beer, or "nature's Capri Sun," with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get two adult tickets to tour The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, located on West Wisconsin Avenue (a $18 value).
Captain Frederick Pabst's success in styling crisp brews funded his dream of building a Flemish Renaissance Revival–style abode, completed in 1892 amongst an echelon of over 80 other mansions. Now called "one of Milwaukee's treasured landmarks" by Fodor's, Pabst's palace is the only luxury dwelling on Milwaukee's former Grand Avenue that still survives intact. Over the course of a one-hour guided tour, beer enthusiasts and luxury lovers hear tales of the beer baron's day and relish lavish views of rooms ornately ornamented with antler chandeliers, Victorian rugs, and intricate moldings. The mansion's pavilion was originally created for the Chicago World's Fair, where the family's beer was awarded a gold medal for excellence. A tour also includes 10% off at the mansion's gift shop, featuring beer steins, Pabst Blue Ribbon mugs and t-shirts, and beer-watered plants that grow cans of Old Milwaukee as fruit.
CityVoters rated the Pabst Mansion the 2009 and 2010 Best Historical Site in Milwaukee, and 10 TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes. Seven Yahoo! Travelers and nine Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.
- The entire staff is knowledgeable and you should ask any and every question you have about the mansion because they know all of the answers. I am really glad we found this gem in the middle of Milwaukee. – Jenna R., Yelp, 4/26/10
- You could tell our tour guide loved what she did. She was so knowledgeable and spoke to us as if she had lived there during the time the Pabst Family lived in the mansion. – TravelerLV46, TripAdvisor
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.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233Get Directions