MCHS Music logo whiteMelodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music

Opens January 9 and available through April 29

Our 2017 feature exhibition, Melodies and Memories, offers an opportunity to learn about the people, places, institutions, and organizations that have created Milwaukee’s musical landscape. With interactive instrument and listening stations, as well as artifacts, images and stories, all are welcome to immerse themselves in Milwaukee’s music culture.

For more information, call 414.273.8288. Groups and field trips are welcome. 

Visit the Melodies and Memories exhibit website for more information.

Music Happy Hour at the Milwaukee County Historical Society

Join us for three happy hour events in celebration of our 2017 major exhibit, Melodies and MCHS Music logo whiteMemories, 200 Years of Milwaukee Music. These free events are a fun time to view the exhibit, mingle with people, and spend time in our beautiful Historical Society building, all why enjoying a beverage from the bar.

Admission is free. Beverages can be purchased at the bar.

  • Thursday, February 16th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with February Partner, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
  • Thursday, March 30th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with March Partner, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
  • Thursday, April 27th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with April Partner, UPAF

Music History Family Day and Heritage Day at the Milwaukee County Historical Society

On Saturday, February 4th, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., the Milwaukee County Historical Society welcomes families and people of all ages to an exciting day of hands-on fun with our 2017 feature exhibition, Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music. Learn about instruments through the Brass Bell Instrument Petting Zoo, participate in an art project to make your own instrument, see four different performances throughout the day by members of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and enjoy the exhibit including the Cascio Interstate Music’s instrument player pods and 65+ tunes at the listening stations.

Performances by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Brass Bell Music Interactive Instrument Petting Zoo – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Make your own musical instrument – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Melodies and Memories Interactive Exhibit – All day

Free to the public, people of all ages are welcome!

Heritage Day Participants

On Saturday, February 4th, in celebration of Milwaukee’s 171st birthday, the Society is offering a free Milwaukee Family Day to the public and some Milwaukee businesses are helping to ensure the future of the Society’s education programs, exhibits and vast collections of historical documents, images and artifacts by gifting percentages of their sales that day to the Historical Society.

Make sure to support:


         5 O’ Clock Steakhouse                 Hello Falafel                        The Pasta Tree                                                    
                  2416 W State St.                      2301 S. Howell Ave               1503 N. Farwell Ave.    

                                        Café Pfister                                          Usinger’s
                                424 E. Wisconsin Ave.                   1030 N. Old World Third St.


Trimborn Harvest of
Art & Craft

Saturday Sept. 9th & Sunday Sept. 10th

Please go to for exhibitor applications and more information about this annual event.