Events & Exhibitions

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS Annual Awards Dinner Join us on May 8, 2019 to award Milwaukee organizations celebrating 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 and 175 years in business. Tickets are $75 each for Members, Tickets are $85 non-members.  For more information about the event and this year’s honorees, visit our Awards Dinner web page. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Morgan Sweet at 414-273-8288 x. 19 or   How Dry I Am: Prohibition Family Day at the Milwaukee County Historical Society Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In 2019, the Historical Society looks back at the Roaring 20’s as we explore Prohibition Milwaukee. Visitors of all ages are invited to connect with this interesting era of our history during the Annual MCHS Family Day. See Mad Hot Ballroom dancers perform swing and tap, attend a reading of Paul Bialas’ new book “The Great Milwaukee Hamburger War” and get yours signed, enjoy an art activity or a scavenger hunt and enjoy a refreshing ice cream soda! Join us any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free (small cost for ice cream sodas). Roar into the Historical Society and join us for a good time! Old Fashioned Happy Hour Thursday, April 11, 5-8 p.m. There is no place better to have an Old Fashioned than Milwaukee, and why not do so while enjoying the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s 2019 feature exhibit, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee. Your night is complete with free admission to the Society, a chance to see drink demonstrations by Bittercube, maker of local Milwaukee bitters, and listen to tunes of the time with WMSE. Join us from 5-8 p.m. and start your evening off right! How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee Exhibit On exhibit from January 16 to May 4 at the Historical Center How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s 2019 feature exhibit, explores Milwaukee during the Prohibition era (1919-1933). How did nationwide Prohibition happen? How did people and businesses face this tumultuous period? What social and cultural shifts occurred? And how did these times impact Milwaukee and the nation? Explore this pivotal time in our history through historic images, audio and visual media, and interactive experiences.     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 Email: 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