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Prohibition comes to the Brew City MKE Beer Museum, figuratively speaking, on March 3.

MCHS' Brew City MKE beer museum announces closing

The Brew City MKE Beer Museum, which the Milwaukee County Historical Society opened in October 2017 as a pilot museum in a former restaurant space at The Shops of Grand Avenue, will close for good at last call on March 3, but could pop up again in a new location.

The hope was that the pilot museum/bar would become a permanent Milwaukee beer museum, but new plans to convert the mall into office space, a food hall and residential units means the taps have dried up for Brew City MKE.

The 3,000-square foot museum, with its own operating tavern inside, grew out of the 2016 MCHS exhibition, "Brew City MKE: Craft, Culture, Community," which told the story of brewing in Milwaukee.

MCHS, located at 910 N. Old World Third St. – two blocks north of Brew City, which is on 3rd and Wisconsin – currently has a Prohibition show on view.

"Our hope was to try out the exhibit and our brewing collections on their own to see if people had enough interest to support a museum solely focused on telling the story of Brew City," said Mame McCully, executive director of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, in an announcement this morning.

"Locals and visitors came to enjoy the exhibit, the only Milwaukee Beer Bar in the city, located inside, and the many programs and events that were held in the space."

According to the press release issued this morning, "The demand for this type of museum concept has now been proven and the Historical Society has been working with community partners to identify a new location."

Brew City MKE Beer Museum is open through March 3. Details on hours and admission are at the website.


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