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The Pabst Mansion

2000 West Wisconsin Avenue


Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc., a registered non-profit organization located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates a vital house museum that preserves the legacy of the Pabst family and their impact on the citizens, history, and culture of the Greater Milwaukee community.

Pabst Mansion

When Captain Frederick Pabst, Milwaukee's famed beer baron, began construction of a new mansion for his family in 1890, he could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America's Gilded Age. Designed by George Bowman Ferry and Alfred Charles Clas, construction at 2000 Grand Avenue lasted two years and was completed in July of 1892 at a cost of just over $254,000 -- including the house, furnishings and artwork. As leading figures in Milwaukee society, Captain Pabst and his wife, Maria, became consummate art collectors, filling their mansion with priceless treasures. During the years of the Pabst family's ownership, the house was the scene of many fine parties and receptions, a wedding and, in the end, Captain and Mrs. Pabst's funeral.

After the Pabst descendants sold the house in 1908, it became the archbishop's residence and the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than sixty years. When it was sold in 1975, the mansion was nearly torn down to make way for a parking lot. After a three-year crusade for its preservation, it was spared demolition and went on to become an award-winning house museum. The Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Open to the public since 1978, revenues for the Pabst Mansion's continued success and ongoing restoration are garnered from admissions, sales, events, grants, donations and memberships.

The Pabst Mansion remains a constant on the Milwaukee landscape as generations have come and gone. Surviving papers and photographs detailing the life of this house give us an unusually full view of the life of the Pabst. It is simply an organized pile of bricks, wood and terra cotta, yet the Pabst Mansion has always had a life of its own. As the world continues to change, the Pabst Mansion will serve as an active participant that represents the best of the 19th century in the 21st.


Evie Enderle

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Such a fun and informative tour! Our tour guide, Carolyn, was very knowledgeable and kept our attention with every detail. The mansion is beautiful and accommodating for visitors with physical disabilities. It does not look like much from the outside, but is very impressive on the inside. We are excited to visit again in a few years to see the changes made during the upcoming restoration.

sarah jump

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Love love love. The pabst mansion is beautiful and amazing. It has an amazing history and I really enjoyed learning about it. It a must see especially if your really into historic stuff. I would go back multiple times it's that good

Doug Wells

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A hidden jewel in Milwaukee. We were surprised by the ornate woodwork and the restoration that was talked about by the guide. The reason I didn't give '5 stars' is because the tour was TOO short! I would have liked to have the opportunity to look closer at some details, but it was the last tour of the day so I completely understood.

Jeanne Waelchli-Traut

Monday, March 5, 2018
Because we had a very large group, we called weeks ahead to set up a tour. Everything went so smoothly. The docents were well-informed, with a great sense of humor. The house has beautifully detailed woodwork and stained glass. It was interesting to learn the process for restoring the rooms. Excellent tour!


Thursday, March 29, 2018
One of the best Museums I've been to. So much history and so much to learn. We could have asked the guy questions for days and he wouldn't have run out of answers. There is always something being brought back to its original quality or brought in and it's unbelievable the ways they've been able to recall the past in order to do what they've done here.

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