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Milwaukee Attractions

milwaukee attractionWith a population of almost 600,000 residents, Milwaukee is Wisconsin's largest city. The area in and around Milwaukee was originally the home of several Native American tribes. Later, the area was settled by fur traders. The city of Milwaukee was founded in 1846. The city is home to a large number of German and Polish immigrants. One of the major industries of the city is beer brewing. The city is also known as a major industrial and manufacturing center. With its location on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is noted for breezy conditions and cold winters.

Milwaukee has been the home of Harley-Davidson for many years, so there could be no better place for this fantastic motorcylce museum that celebrates one of America's iconic brands. The most interesting aspect of the Harley-Davidson Museum is the opportunity to see examples of motorcycles from the earliest creations to present day models. The very first motorcycle ever made by Harley-Davidson is on display. The museum also includes several interactive exhibits for children and adults as well. After a few hours of seeing the exhibits, the museum has a fine restaurant to enjoy and a large gift shop filled with Harley-Davisdon memorablia to browse.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is housed in a building that is itself a work of art. The museum's Quadracci Pavilion was finished in 2001. This area is shaped like a ship with a 90 foot glass ceiling. On the building's roof are expanding wings designed to resemble the sails of a ship. The interior of the museum houses a collection of around 30,000 pieces. The museum is noted for its collection of the work of the artist Georgia O'Keefe. The museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Several beer companies call Milwaukee home, and one of the major attractions when visiting the city is touring breweries. Most of the major breweries in the city offer tours to the public. Three of the major breweries offering tours are Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Brewing Company and Miller Brewing Company.

An activity the whole family will enjoy is a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals housed among 200 acres of woods. One of the zoo's highlights is the big cat exhibit which houses numerous lions, tigers and jaguars. The zoo also puts on several demonstrations including a sea lion show and a birds of prey performance. The Milwaukee County Zoo is open every day of the year.