Stroll Through Milwaukee’s to Replenish Your Soul

Milwaukee serves as a tranquil location for religious travel groups with an abundance of religious sites. In addition, Milwaukee offers cruises, beautiful greenery, a variety of museums and a fascinating historical background.

Religious Tours

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee offers 45-minute tours on Tuesday and Friday by appointment only, and groups must have at least 15 people. There is a $5 donation per person.

Our Lady Queen of Peace holds an annual parish festival the second weekend in June. The church has unofficial tours where religious travel groups can see the statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace and the picture of Lady of Guadalupe. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church has an annual Grecian fest early to mid-June. Tours of the church occur during the festival and year-round. Donations are free-will. Self-guided tours are available at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The church has great architecture, a gated courtyard and a prayer garden.

Tours are available at the St. Joseph Chapel, the chapel of the School Sisters of St. Francis. The Romanesque-style chapel has a dome rising 70 feet above the sanctuary. Seating 500 people, it is a great setting for concerts.

Religious travel groups can take “Sacred Spires and Spectacular Spaces,” a two- to three-hour tour of Milwaukee’s churches offered by Historic Milwaukee Inc. All tours show several of Milwaukee’s churches, but groups usually have time to stop in only one church and see the interior. On “South Side,” groups either enter the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral or St. Josaphat’s Basilica. On “Downtown,” see the interior of Old St. Mary Church or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. On “East Side of Milwaukee,” groups stop in either St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church or Plymouth United Church of Christ.

The Jewish Museum in Milwaukee offers tours by request only of the Jewish community’s history in Milwaukee with ethnic immigration to the area expressed through pictures, film, artifacts and personal narratives.

The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin offers tours every Wednesday and the second and fourth Sunday of the month by appointment.

Milwaukee Sightseeing Tours

Enjoy the Milwaukee River and see Lake Michigan on Milwaukee Boat Line’s 90-minute cruise accompanied by the captain’s narration. The company also offers a historic cruise through Milwaukee’s past on the rivers Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic.Explore the city’s neighborhoods with Historic Milwaukee Inc.

Religious Sites

St. Josaphat’s Basilica

St. Josaphat’s Basilica

St. Josaphat’s Basilica is a place of pilgrimage and devotion to its parishioners and visitors. Dedicated in 1901, the church was constructed from the demolished Chicago Post Office. Holy Hill – National Shrine of Mary is a place of pilgrimage. In 2006, the shrine was given the status Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. Religious travel groups can request a shrine talk. The church has twin spires. The Gesu Church has twin Gothic spires, stained-glass windows and was completed in 1894. It is a Milwaukee landmark and located at the Marquette University campus. View the stone that Joan of Arc kissed after prayer at the St. Joan of Arc chapel at Marquette University. The stone is colder to touch than its surrounding stones.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is part of Milwaukee’s German history. It was built in the German Gothic Revival style and has ornate woodwork. Old St. Mary’s Church is the city’s oldest church still used and was built for the Roman Catholic community in 1847. The painting of the Annunciation above the carved altar was donated by King Ludwig of Bavaria. Stations of the Cross, stained-glass windows, altar and carved wooden statues are from Munich.

The St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church [A.M.E.] was the first African-American church in Milwaukee and is also known as “Church of the Anvil.” The church was established in a blacksmith shop. The anvil is an expression of the congregation’s history and faith.

The Forest Home Cemetery and Chapel

The Forest Home Cemetery and Chapel

Religious travel groups can visit the Milwaukee Shambhala Center and learn more about Buddhism, meditation, the center’s programs and have a discussion.

The Christ Church Museum of Local History in Germantown, built in 1862, features stained-glass windows that are hand-painted originals.

Forest Home Cemetery has 200 acres, Ferry & Claus Landmark Chapel and is a place for quiet meditation. There is the Chapel Gardens and Halls of History, which shows 100 of Milwaukee’s builders and founders.

Main Attractions for Religious Tour Groups

The Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum

Pore through over 40 galleries spread on four floors at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The collection includes 15th to 20th century European artwork and 17th to 20th century American art. Groups experience interactive science and technology, such as viewing the inside of a nuclear reactor, at Discovery World. Religious travel groups will see a butterfly garden and old Milwaukee’s streets at the Milwaukee Public Museum. At the Harley-Davidson Museum, religious travel groups explore the culture, lifestyle, people, products and history that were a part of developing the brand.

Religious travel groups enjoy viewing a unique horticultural structure “The Domes,” at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Groups can see the facility where Olympians train at the Petit National Ice Center.

At the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, view America’s Gilded Age splendor with its excellent interiors, furnishings, wall coverings, wood craftsmanship, ironwork art and stained glass.

Stroll down the River Walk and take a picture with The Bronze Fonz, a bronze statue of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli of the show Happy Days.

Religious travel groups shouldstop at Summerfest and see the world’s largest music festival with over 700 entertainers on 11 stages during the 11-day run every summer from late June to early July. Milwaukee is also famous for its ethnic festivals such as Irish Fest.

Groups will enjoy shopping at several locations including the Historic Third Ward and Old World Third Street.

Milwaukee offers a unique way for religious groups to enjoy the delights of the city while experiencing sites of different religious faiths.