If you’re looking to get the most immersive sight-seeing experience this side of Lake Michigan, add a MKEPASS to your Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus. For only $50, the MKEPASS is the most convenient way to access Milwaukee’s premier tourist attractions. You can stop spending your vacation time trying to plan point a to point b and instead enjoy the ride. There are plenty of things to do in Milwaukee, but only one pass will afford you access to the following destinations as part of an inclusive city tour that is customizable to your own personal preferences. Sit back, relax, and treat yourself to a day of sightseeing, dining, and exploring with the help of the MKE Pass.
You and your friends are standing in front of the Lakefront Brewery. You’ve just finished a pint and you’re waiting for your Hop-on bus to arrive. Our signature green bus pulls up to the sidewalk and opens its doors for you to board. You take a seat near a window and glance outside to see a gorgeous view of Schlitz Park, Pabst Brewery and Old World 3rd Street on the way to your next stop of Urban Harvest, Lost Valley Cider, and Milwaukee Brewing Company. There’s a great selection of craft beer in Walker's Point, so you make a mental note to come back later for a few more drinks of some local brew. You’re already starting to get a feel for this unique, vibrant city, and you know it’s only the beginning of day packed with new tastes, experiences, and adventures.
Choose 2 of the following with your MKE Pass:
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum houses four floors of over forty galleries of regularly rotated artwork varieties. Some of the most notable artists featured include Nardo di Cione, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Jóan Miro, Mark Rothko, Robert Gober, and Andy Warhol. It’s important to note, the art inside the museum isn’t the only work worth experiencing. Stroll the Cudahy Gardens surrounding the main museum buildings, explore the gigantic Quadracci Pavillion, and give reverence to the War Memorial Center as you tour the property.
Harley-Davidson Museum – includes Audio Tour!
Get up close and personal with the history surrounding the rise of the great motorcycle empire, Harley-Davidson. The galleries inside the museum are completely interactive, so sitting atop the display motorcycles is encouraged. If you’re looking for insider access, visit the engine room. Set against a wall of orange, the engines on display illustrate the evolution of the Harley-Davidson engine from its earliest to its latest incarnation. With the MKE Pass, every participant will take an audio tour through the museum while being guided by the great legends who made Harley-Davidson great.
This 120,000-square foot science and technology center is full of exhibits that are fun no matter your age. Explore the human biome inside the Zoo in You exhibit, or take a walk inside a virtual world in the center’s brand new virtual reality center. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to experience something new and magical at Discovery World, and you’ll definitely leave with some new science know-how to brag about back home.
Milwaukee Public Museum – includes Planetarium!
The Milwaukee Public Museum excites the senses and curiosities of its visitors, and you’re sure to be no exception. The museum covers three and a half floors of exhibit area, with additional space for traveling and temporary exhibits. Tour the museum's 150,000-square feet of exhibit space to visit continents and habitats. Take a small step back in time to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee, European Village, and to ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Choose to be delighted by galaxies and constellations with the MKE Pass, which includes admission into the museum planetarium.
Choose 3 of the following with your MKE Pass:
The Grohmann Museum exists to showcase the evolution of human work through art. Inside its glass doors and giant winding staircase, participants will experience over 1,000 different paintings in various styles that illustrate different forms of human work; whether in the home, on the farm, or inside a factory. The museum itself stands as a representation of human excellence and drive, and evokes a sense of wonder at the human condition and at man’s way of maintaining a sense of purpose with personal achievement.
Milwaukee County Historical Society
Located in a historic bank building along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Historical Society houses the museum, research library, offices, some collections storage and events. Participants who choose to explore the building will have access to the historical center and research library, the perfect spot to explore some Milwaukee history on your own or to take in the ambiance of that decadent old book smell while ruminate at one of the tables around the room.
Beer pint of choice at Lakefront Brewery (Tier 1)
Lakefront Brewery came about when two competitive hobbyist brewers joined forces to create what is now a fortress of alcoholic delights, and visitors to the brewery always leave with a deeper understanding of its history and a tummy full of delightfully organic craft beer.
Cocktail of choice at Great Lakes Distillery
(Excludes Special Spirit Release Cocktails)
Great Lakes Distillery has a great bar showcasing their spirits, and a seasonal menu to match the tastes of any spirit connoisseur. The staff is friendly and open, so whether you’re just beginning to enjoy craft cocktails or you’re a cocktail maven, this place is for you.
Purchase your MKEPASS online in advance of hopping on the bus, or purchase when you get on the bus at any of the 11 convenient Hop On locations throughout downtown Milwaukee. Complete details of pick up locations are listed HERE; sightseeing bus operates every Friday, Saturday & Sunday through mid-November.