Milwaukee Museum Week at MCHS

Saturday, January 18 to Saturday, January 25

MCHS is excited to participate in Milwaukee Museum Week during its second year. Stay tuned for information about our participation including the following:

Monday, January 20 – Youth Free Day at MCHS. All youth, 18 and under, receive free admission.

All week – The hunt is on! Ask for a scavenger hunt to participate in as you explore our new exhibit, Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures. This isn’t just for kids, but for the young at heart, too. Hunts to suit everyone’s abilities will be available.

Saturday, January 25 – Member for a Day. Receive discounts in our gift shop. Don’t forget to stock up on our vintage candy selection!

Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures Exhibit

On exhibit through April 25, 2020 at the Historical Center

Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures, a community sourced, artifact-focused exhibit will allow visitors to experience unseen treasures from collections throughout Milwaukee County, including items from the MCHS collection that are rarely displayed. The exhibit will explore what, how, and why we collect, thus providing an interesting representation of our community.

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Vel Phillips’ Milwaukee Common Council Desk
  • A piece of plane fuselage from the 1954 plane crash that killed Frederick C. Miller, head of Miller Brewing Company
  • One of Liberace’s performance jackets
  • Shotz Brewery smock from the TV show ‘Laverne and Shirley’
  • A portion of the lunch counter from Goldmann’s Department Store
  • And more!

Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures will be on display through April 25th.


Book Your Field Trip or Group Tour Today!

Fall 2019

Fall is a beautiful time to enjoy our historic sites. Trimborn Farm and Kilbourntown House are available for group tours through the end of October. Contact Mary Jo Knapp today to book your visit – or 414.273.8288.


Meet MKE

Meet MKE is the newest permanent exhibit at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Showcasing some of the most iconic artifacts in the collection, this exhibit explore Milwaukee history from bridges and breweries to founders and festivals. 

presented by VISIT MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee County Historical Center
910 N. Old World 3rd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Milwaukee Kayak & MCHS History Tours

Explore Milwaukee and its history as you paddle down the Milwaukee River. Learn about Milwaukee, past and present, from the viewpoint of the Milwaukee River led by guides from the Milwaukee County Historical Society.


These tours are offered each year from May through September and reservations are required. Group outings can also be arranged.

Trip includes:

  • Use of kayak or canoe
  • Instruction
  • Milwaukee history interpretation
  • A stop at the Historical Society along the banks of the Milwaukee River with a short tour of the museum

Children age 12 and older can participate with just one chaperone per 10 students.
Please call for information for trips with children ages 11 and under.

This outing is a collaboration between the Milwaukee County Historical Society and Milwaukee Kayak Company. For more information about tickets please contact:

Beth @ Milwaukee Kayak Company
#(414) 301-2240

Cost: $35 per person ($20 of each ticket will be donated back to the Milwaukee County Historical Society)

Trimborn Harvest of
Art & Crafts

First Weekend After Labor Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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

View Past Exhibits