Milwaukee, Wisconsin audio tour: The Grand Walk

About the Tour

Catch a glimpse of the turn of the century opulence that made this the grandest street in Milwaukee. This history-based, sightseeing walk begins at the Milwaukee Public library and ends at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Tour Producer


Anna Lardinois

Hi! I am Anna Lardinois, creator of Walking Milwaukee self-guided tour cards and owner of Gothic Milwaukee, the city's premiere guided walking tour company. If you love history, walking and Milwaukee, you should take a walk with me!

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Major Landmarks

  • Milwaukee Public Library

  • Milwaukee Art Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Your tour begins in front of the main entrance to the Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI.

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Places to stop along the way

There are a number of dining and public bathroom options along the route.

Best time of day

Consider taking this walk during regular business hours if you'd like to explore the interiors of the buildings on the route.


Use the same caution you would use walking in any major metropolitan area.


Loved the tour. Very informative but truthfully we took way more time with it than the 35 minutes listed. Of course we went into every building we could to explore and look around. The exception was that we could not get into the dome of the library. You will miss some very beautiful things if you choose to zip along. Ended the tour with a wander through the art museum. Worth every penny and more!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

Fantastic tour from a fantastic tour guide! If you ever find yourself in Milwaukee looking for things to do, absolutely sign up for one of Anna's tour's immediately (Walking Milwaukee and Gothic Milwaukee).

Posted by Lauren America Riensche , almost 5 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.