Lovers of art, nature, architecture and just plain kitsch can enjoy many beautiful sights in Milwaukee, just a short distance from our conference location.
Lake Michigan Beaches & Parks
While October may be a bit too cold for using the beach, the “Third Coast” offers many opportunities to view the jewel of Milwaukee—beautiful Lake Michigan. Walk along the paved sidewalk from Veterans Park at the lakefront and take in the views of the water as well as enjoy the skyline. The War Memorial, the Art Museum and Discovery World are also along this path.
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr, 53202
A work of art inside and out! Three buildings designed by legends Eero Saarinen, David Kahler and Santiago Calatrava house forty galleries of art. Highlights of the collection include American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art and one of the largest collections of pieces from Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keefe.
Nares: Moves is the first retrospective exhibit on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares (b. 1953) and it runs through October 6, 2019.
Don’t have time to view the art inside? The famous Calatrava Brise Soleil is a masterpiece of its own. Catch the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan, which unfolds and folds twice daily.
The Gas Light Building
626 E Wisconsin Ave, 53202
Milwaukeeans look to this landmark Art Deco building with a flame shaped light for their weather forecast. This little rhyme tells you the story:
When the flame is red, it’s warm weather ahead!
When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
When the flame is blue, there’s no change in view!
When there’s a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!
Coakley Brothers Water Tower Building
400 S. 5th Street, 53204
The beautiful 15,000-pound stained glass water towers sculpture on top of a moving company’s Walker’s Point headquarters will be visible from the Harley Davidson museum on Sunday night.
Allen-Bradley Clock Tower
1201 S. 2nd St, 53204
From 1962 to 2010, it was the largest four sided clock in the world. The clock sits atop the now Rockwell Automation building and is affectionately known as the “Polish Moon” from a time when the neighborhood surrounding it was predominantly Polish.
Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons
805 E. Mason St, 53202
This beautiful new (2017) skyscraper’s first floor is open to the public and welcomes visitors. The eastern area is filled with open chairs and tables, a 40-foot fireplace and a Starbucks.
Milwaukee City Hall
200 E. Wells St, 53202
The tallest building in the United States when it was built in 1895. The Flemish–Renaissance style building is designated a national historic landmark. Also famous for its sign “Welcome Milwaukee Visitors” in the opening sequence of TV’s “Laverne and Shirley. That marquee has been removed, however.
The Bronze Fonz
N. Riverwalk Way, 53202
A selfie must if you were a lover of the TV show “Happy Days”, which was set in Milwaukee. The bronze life size sculpture of Fonzie by American artist Gerald P. Sawyer, is located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk just south of Wells Street.
For more information about touring Milwaukee see Visit Milwaukee.