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The objects housed within the Pabst Mansion are not only an integral part of the story of the home, but of the Pabst family and 19th century Milwaukee as well. The nearly 5,000 decorative and fine art objects now comprising the Pabst Mansion Collection began arriving in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the most significant donation in the early years being that of three rooms of original custom-built furniture. In the decades since many more treasures have been contributed from families with names Captain and Mrs. Pabst would have recognized including Ott, Uihlein and Usinger. Members of the Pabst family have also been generous in loaning or donating items to the organization whose mission is to preserve their ancestral home.
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THE BLATZ COLLECTION

When the Pabst Mansion first opened to the public, special events were often used as tools to raise much needed funds. One such event brought the art collection of a competitive brewer to the Pabst Mansion. Emil Blatz, descendant of the founder of the Blatz Brewing Company, collected many of the same style of genre paintings that the Pabst’s had. Indeed, many of the same artists and subjects were strikingly similar; it made a dramatic, authentic improvement on the interior of the Mansion. A permanent long-term loan was negotiated and the collection has remained in the house since 1983. Many well-known artists including Frederick Soulacrouix, Henry Raschen, Eugene Verboeckhoven, and Eugene von Blaas are represented between the two brewing family collections.