MPTV tours are interesting, informative, free, and open to the public. Groups such as boy and girl scouts, media classes, retirement groups, schools, and people with special needs visit MPTV annually.
Reservations are required two weeks in advance.
Tours are conducted as a free community service of Milwaukee Public Television, on weekdays only. Start times range from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. Reservations are required two weeks in advance. Participants must be in first grade or older.
Participants are encouraged to watch locally produced programs, such as I Remember Milwaukee, Black Nouveau, and Interchange to see what the backdrops look like, and to prepare questions prior to their tour.
Tour guides are trained volunteers or staff members who present MPTV studios, control rooms, and the prop room. Guides may also explain the management, operations, training, and fund-raising aspects of the station. Guests have a chance to see themselves on the TOUR-CAM. Note: Due to quality issues in the process of making a TV production, tours of MPTV do NOT include viewing a live production or a television taping.
Groups of 5 to 30 people can be accommodated comfortably at one time. Larger groups may be split. Groups often send a portion of their group to nearby restaurants, or the Milwaukee Museum or the Journal Sentinel. Groups of 4 or fewer may join tours already scheduled, or invite along a few folks, to get up to the 5-person minimum.
Directions to Milwaukee Public Television & Parking
Street parking is limited. Parking lots are located on the west side of the street on 8th Street for a fee. There is no bus parking available. A handicapped access door is available on the corner of 8th and Highland. The stations are located in the C Building on the MATC Campus in downtown Milwaukee, at 1036 N. 8th St. The elevator is just past the vending machines, on the right, across from pay phones. Pushing the "TV" button in the elevator brings passengers to the stations reception area on the 4th floor. On return, pushing the 2nd Fl. button brings visitors back to ground level.
Cancellations Are Appreciated by 5pm the Prior Workday
Note: “No-Shows” without notice will not be rescheduled for one year from the originally scheduled date.
Questions, Reservations, or Cancellations
Please call the Community Relations office at (414) 297-7521.