Events & Exhibitions

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS 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.   Prohibition Milwaukee Talk with John Gurda Wednesday, January 23rd at 6 p.m. To celebrate the new Milwaukee County Historical Society exhibit, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee, and Milwaukee’s Inaugural Museum Week, we invite Historian John Gurda to guide us through Prohibition Milwaukee. As America’s beer capital, Milwaukee was more severely impacted by Prohibition than most cities. The long national drought shut down a major industry, deprived the city of both jobs and tax revenue, and forced ordinary citizens to the wrong side of the law. The fourteen-year dry spell was by turns infuriating, tragic, and hilarious, and John Gurda will cover all its dimensions in his recounting of the “noble experiment.” Come early to view the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s new exhibit, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee. Curator’s Tour – How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee Thursday, January 24th at noon Join Curator Ben Barbera for a tour of our 2019 Feature Exhibition, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee. Come to the Society over the lunch hour for a tour of this new exhibit, to hear his commentary and dive deeper into the themes surrounding Milwaukee’s Prohibition Era. Event is free and all are welcome. 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 Events at Brew City MKE View Past Exhibits