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All Saints’ Cathedral

  • Address: 818 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Gothic Revival church building was designed by Edward Townsend Mix, a noted Milwaukee architect, and constructed in 1868 by Olivet Congregation Church. That congregation disbanded before taking occupancy. The church was purchased and consecrated by the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin in 1871. All Saints' is the first cathedral in the Episcopal Church USA. On Saturday, September 20th, visitors can experience a medieval fair celebrating the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) with music, vendors, exhibitors and food. Matins will be sung at 10am. There will be an organ concert at noon. All Saints' will be open to visitors on Sunday. Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 10am. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion. There will also be an organ concert at noon on Sunday. The sacristy will be open to the public and historic vestments and vessel will be on exhibit. Learn More...

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Alverno College / Sister Joel Read Center

  • Address: 3400 South 43rd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

An innovator in higher education, Alverno College was charted by the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1887. Originally designed and constructed in 1951-1953 by Maguolo & Quick Architects-Engineers, St. Louis, the college campus features Corrado Parducci exterior base relief sculptures, Italian marble and Venetian glass mosaics in the chapel. Since 1999 Uihlein-Wilson Architects have designed building additions and beautification projects. Highlights include the Lyle London 20 foot stainless steel sculpture, the 73,000 square foot domed Sister Joel Read Center and current campus enhancement project. Thirty minute guided tours will include the Chapel of Mary Immaculate; Pitman Theatre and 2014 campus enhancement renovations. Grounds are also open for self-guided tours of Parducci base relief sculptures and Lyle London’s Soaring. Learn More...

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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (Walker’s Point Roastery)

  • Address: 224 W. Bruce Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm

This Bruce Street cafe in Walker's Point is a refurbished warehouse space offering cream city brick, exposed wooden beams, natural wood harvest tables, a raised stage, and a reclaimed 40 foot old-world bar. The building retains it's original Walker's Point charm with refinished original wood floors, a mural in the employee break room and a mural on the 3rd Street exterior. New windows allow for ample natural light within the cafe space and original windows in the warehouse space allow for an open and visually pleasing work environment. Visitors will not only be able to admire the remodeling and preservation of the warehouse, but will also be given a glimpse into Anodyne's roasting and production spaces. The basement houses Anodyne's green coffee and storage for both retail and wholesale materials. Learn More...

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Apartments at the Grand Wisconsin

  • Address: 720 N. Old World Third Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Formerly the Hotel Wisconsin, this historic landmark opened up in 1913 as Milwaukee's first skyscraper — the finest of its kind north of Chicago. Preserving the historic charm of its original glory, the hotel was converted into 108 modern apartments ranging from 1-4 bedrooms and two beautifully appointed retail spaces. Learn More...

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Beulah Brinton House PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: (home of Bay View Historical Society) 2590 S. Superior Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-12noon family tour, 1pm-4pm general public and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The historic Beulah Brinton House was built in 1872 and retains much of its original Victorian Gothic detailing on the exterior and fixtures and furnishings on the interior. The Beulah Brinton House is significant in two important ways. First, it was the home of Milwaukee’s most influential female leader. Beulah Brinton championed workers rights causes that have become commonplace, and her influence was felt nationally. Secondly, it represents one of the finest examples of simple but impressive Victorian Gothic wood architecture. Its excellent condition for its age positions it as an important and truly authentic artifact of a delicate architectural style as well as the domicile of an important female activist. Visitors will have the opportunity of a guided tour by experienced members who will share the history of the historic home as well as the founding family who helped to develop Bay View as a community. Saturday morning tours (10am-12noon) are geared toward children and their families. Saturday & Sunday afternoon tours will be for the general public. Learn More...

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Blue Dress Park

  • Address: SW corner of N. Holton St. and Reservoir St. (just north of the Holton St. bridge)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Blue Dress Park is a triangular concrete slab notable and impressive for what we can imagine happening there. The park is located at the boundaries of Brewers Hill, Riverwest, and the northern end of downtown. The Friends of Blue Dress Park have organized the second annual Blue Dress Cup competition — a series of Olympic-style events designed to determine the Best Artist in Milwaukee. Competitors will be chosen through an open application process and pitted against one another in different competitions which each measure a specific artist skill. A panel of esteemed judges will be present to evaluate the competitors’ performance and choose the winner. Learn More...

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Brass Light Gallery

  • Address: 1101 W. St Paul Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

Visitors will be led on tours of both buildings. In the "Hilty" building guests will discover a building within a building. In the "Cutler-Hammer" building guests will tour Brass Light Gallery's manufacturing operation on the first floor, where they fabricate, plate, metal finish and assemble light fixtures sold nationally. On the second floor, guests will tour Brass Light Gallery’s showroom of new classics handmade in the USA light fixtures, and showroom of one-of-a-kind fully restored vintage original lighting. After the tour, guests will be invited to stroll the vast repository of salvaged vintage architectural lighting and lighting components sourced from around the globe. The collection of vintage and antique lighting is the largest known and is beyond imagination. Learn More...

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Brenner Brewing Company

  • Address: 706 S. 5th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1980, this cinder block parking garage is an excellent example of post modern, industrial minimalism. It is currently in the process of being converted from a parking garage into Brenner Brewing Company, Milwaukee's newest brewery. Come down and get a personal tour of this work in progress from Owner/Brewmaster, Mike Brenner. Learn More...

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Cardinal Stritch University City Center

  • Address: 1037 W McKinley Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Stritch City Center is a 24,000 square foot facility located in The Brewery Project in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to I-43. The Center opened in 2000 and established a major presence for the University in the heart of the Milwaukee urban environment, Stritch occupies building #14 which once served as a laboratory for the former Pabst Brewing Company. Upon entering the building, visitors will find three floors of state-of-the-art classrooms which serve as home to many of Stritch's College of Education and Leadership programs. The City Center also houses one of five of the Stritch Literacy Centers which provide comprehensive literacy intervention and assessment for students in grades K-12 throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Learn More...

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Central Seventh-day Adventist Church

  • Address: 2229 N. Terrace Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-4pm

The mansion now serving as a church was originally built by Mr. J. Hoyt Smith in 1912 at a cost of $300,000. It was put on the market in 1942 when no heir chose to keep it. The original roominess of the foyer has been retained with walls paneled in golden oak and topped by a frieze depicting the Book of Life. To the left, off the foyer is the library still in its original form. The woodwork and hand-laid mahogany parquetry floor, walls covered with a delicate floral design that is handtooled on elephant hide. The ceiling is silver leafed. Tours will include the original kitchen, dining room, fireside chapel and sanctuary. Learn More...


City Lights

  • Address: 2122 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Milwaukee Gas Light Company’s West Side Works campus was designed in 1902 by Alexander Eschweiler. Originally designed to provide the coal gas used to light street lamps throughout Milwaukee, City Lights is now is home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios, a multi-disciplinary architecture firm and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Menomonee Valley Artist-in-Residence Eddee Daniel will display his most recent photographs of people and places from his series Urban Wilderness. The AIA Milwaukee will have their collection of 10,000 LEGOs for kids (and adults) to explore their inner architect. Learn More...

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Colby Abbot Building

  • Address: 759 N. Milwaukee St
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Colby-Abbot Building, located in the heart of East Town, was built in 1885 as the home office of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Using white marble imported from Italy, wide corridors and bay windows, this 5 story structure was, and continues to be, a magnificent addition to Milwaukee’s skyline. One of the Colby Abbot Building Team members will give a brief presentation on the history and current use of the building in the lobby at regular intervals. After the presentation, visitors will be encouraged to visit the shared tenant conference room on the 4th floor and one open office to see the original cream city brick fireplaces, 11-foot high, ornamental, wood-coffered ceilings, plaster walls, marble lobby, stairway and corridors as well as various modern features. Learn More...

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Discovery World

  • Address: 500 N. Harbor Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology, and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. Doors Open Milwaukee participants can visit the main entrance of the facility to enjoy family-friendly activities and receive a special Nikola Tesla mustache. Visitors should meet at the information desk located directly inside Discovery World's promenade. The admission areas of Discovery World will not be open free to the public. Learn More...


Dr. Mildred Fish-Harnack Complex (8th Street School)

  • Address: 609 N. 8th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3:30pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Built in 1850, the current structure at 8th Street and Michigan Avenue is the third schoolhouse to occupy the site and is the oldest Milwaukee Public Schools building still being used as a school. Now home to two MPS schools – Project STAY High School and the New School for Community Service – the structure was built by architect Henry Koch, who would go on to build Milwaukee’s City Hall and Gesu Church a decade later. Visitors will enjoy seeing the recent exterior and interior renovations to the building and the highlight of the tour is a trip to the building's massive attic, where the round windows provide a unique view of the city. The building remains structurally similar to when it was built and offers the chance to see how students studied and learned over the past century. Learn More...

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Florentine Opera Center

  • Address: 926 E. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:30pm-3pm

The original cream city brick buildings were constructed in the early 1900’s by H. Schmidt & Sons, to house their contracting firm. The complex was purchased in 1986 by Mario and Cathy Costantini, who renovated the historic structures, and expanded the campus to include a warehouse and outbuildings. Participants will be welcomed into the Florentine Opera Center though its main rehearsal Hall roll-up door (accessible via the West alleyway) to experience staged rehearsals, performance work (seating will be provided), and exhibits/displays of the Grammy Award-winning productions created by the Florentine. This event pairs perfectly with the La Lune Collection Tour (also featured as a location for Doors Open Milwaukee.) Learn More...

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Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

  • Address: 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (commonly referred to as the "Zelazo Center") is a state-of-the art venue for events ranging from the most intimate meeting to the grandest wedding. Originally used as a synagogue by Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun since 1922, the building boasts a grand entrance, two elaborate stained glass displays, as well as exquisite molding, arches, and decorative elements. The Zelazo Center includes the 758-seat Helen Bader Concert Hall, two conference facilities, six new warm-up/practice spaces and two dining and/or ballrooms. The space includes a molded parabolic dome and is flanked by twelve 20-foot transept stained glass windows designed by the Congregation’s Rabbi Joseph El L. Baron. The building will be open to the public to explore. There will most likely be open rehearsals going on in the concert hall. Learn More...

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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

  • Address: 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Built in 1927, the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown hotel is a classic art deco hotel with rich furnishings and distinctive architecture. Originally called The Schroeder Hotel, today the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown is recognized as the city's largest hotel with a tradition of excellence spanning nearly 85 years. Guided tours will be available at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm to showcase the hotel’s lobbies, ballrooms and guest rooms. An exhibit of the history of the building will be on display in the Hilton HHonors Lounge, formerly the Lorraine Room, on the Upper Lobby Level. Self-guided tours will also be available. Learn More...

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Historic Germania

  • Address: 135 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

When this 1896 Beaux Arts/ Classical Revival building was built, it was the largest office building in Milwaukee. It is also the home of Milwaukee's first underground parking lot. Today, it is one of the more distinctive office buildings downtown with it's pickelhaube copper domes. Visitors will able to visit the marble foyer as well as Milwaukee’s first underground parking structure. Learn More...

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Hotel Metro

  • Address: 411 E. Mason Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Time stands still on the corner of Milwaukee and Mason Streets. Walk through the doors of Hotel Metro and return to an era where the spirit of hospitality thrived. A hotel where the mood is full of charm and character. Where luxury has been achieved through attention to detail and courteous, unobtrusive service. The hotel is located in a historic neighborhood and was designed by Eschweiler & Eschweiler to complement and stand out in the neighborhood while offering stylish and trendy options for the time period. Locally, the Art Deco movement was at its peak and the architecture of the building reflects that via the high ceilings and curvature found throughout the building. It was built as an office building in 1937 and was the first to have central air conditioning throughout. Learn More...

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church

  • Address: 1100 N. Astor Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday open for public worship a 10am, followed by coffee hour at 11:15. Tours begin at noon - 5pm.

The oldest congregation in Milwaukee, Immanuel Presbyterian Church marked its 177th anniversary this year. The current church building (1875) was designed by famed Milwaukee architect Edward Townsend Mix in the “High Victorian Gothic” style. Doors Open Milwaukee visitors will be welcomed by the ministers and members of this warm and engaging congregation. Guests will be invited not only into an historic and beautiful building, but also into the contemporary story of this healthy and growing congregation of 600 members. Although church tours will be offered throughout the weekend, Doors Open Milwaukee friends are especially invited to spend Sunday morning at Immanuel. Learn More...

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Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

  • Address: 700 E. Jones Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Opened in 1926, this facility was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974. Visitors have the option of going on a 60-minute in depth tour that includes the Milorganite building, or joining a shorter 40-minute tour – both of which will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones Island facility. Through exhibits and the tour learn about: the history of Jones Island, MMSD as one of the pre-eminent sewage districts in the country, and Veolia Water, the company that operates and maintains Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. And don’t miss viewing the “workhorses of wastewater” under the high power microscope! Click here for tour times and more details. Learn More...

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Kenilworth Square

  • Address: 1915 E Kenilworth Place
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Occupying a building originally built in 1914 as a Ford Model T plant, the renovated Kenilworth Square Apartments opened in 2006, offering truly unique living options on Milwaukee's Eastside for UWM upper-level students and staff. Visitors will be able to tour a variety of apartments within the building, led by UWM University Housing Tour Guides. (approximate time: 20 minutes). Because the building is an active residence for current students, visitors are required to be escorted by a tour guide. Learn More...

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King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church

  • Address: 2375 North 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church is a Highly Victorian Gothic, Cream City brick building, inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of Europe. The church is most heavily represented in ecclesiastical works with the soaring towers, "The Way to Heaven." Ornate stained glass windows, and paintings depict symbols of Christianity, such as a fish, bread, a cross, or a lamb — teaching parables from the Bible, or specific events/miracles from Jesus life. In the Middle ages, these decorations come to be known as a ‘Poor Man's Bible.’ Visitors will receive a brochure with information to take a self-guided tour through King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church’s architecture, history and worship times — or take a brief guided tour, and enjoy refreshments with members of the congregation. Guided tours are at designated times (Sat 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30). Learn More...

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Knickerbocker on the Lake

  • Address: 1028 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

The building was going to be called the East End Manor Apartment- Hotel, but by the time tenants moved in it became the Hotel Knickerbocker, a name befitting its Yankee Hill neighborhood. Enjoy its beautiful architectural touches from its colonnade and arches on the ground floor to its frieze and pilasters at the top of the building. Learn More...

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Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

  • Address: 929 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Marcus Center has been a premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969. Located in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, the Marcus Center is a community facility that offers live performance of opera, ballet, children’s theater, symphony, Off Broadway, one night performances and first-class national touring productions of Broadway. Tours of Uihlein Hall and the Todd Wehr Theater, including backstage tours when possible. Public reception and meeting spaces will also be visited. Guests will be familiarized with the history of the Marcus Center and the it’s occupants. They will also gain insight into how the Center is able to provide a wide variety of entertainment and reception offerings in it’s multiple venues. Learn More...

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Marine Terminal Building

  • Address: 333 E. Erie Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm and Sunda NOT OPEN

The Marine Terminal Building is a 450-foot long waterfront building situated along the banks of the Milwaukee River. The building, designed by Albert Hecht and constructed in 1918, is located in the Historic Third Ward District as a contributing building on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly a warehouse used to connect maritime shipping with ground transportation, the building has found new life renovated into 83 units of housing with ground floor commercial and underground parking. It has also contributed to the ongoing revitalization of the Third Ward. Learn More...

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Marshall Building

  • Address: 207 E. Buffalo Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1906-07, the Marshall Building was a test project for Claude A.P. Turner's pioneering construction method. Otherwise known as the Turner System or the Spiral Mushroom System, it used flat-slab concrete floors that were supported by mushroom-headed columns and reinforced with steel rebar. Most buildings around this time used wood- and steel-framed floors, which made construction more expensive and tedious. The cost-effective technology resulted in a sturdy, built-to-last building. Today, the Marshall Building is the world's oldest existing example of Claude A.P. Turner's Mushroom System and is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Home to over 25 art galleries & studios along with many other boutiques & offices, the Marshall Building has become Milwaukee's premier destination for the Art's & creativity. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Address: 700 N. Art Museum Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

The graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The 142,050 square-foot Quadracci Pavilion was planned to primarily contain public spaces. Drop-in architectural tours of the Quadracci Pavilion (Calatrava addition) from noon-4pm every hour on both days. Admission charge for art museum galleries. NOTE: The Komen Race for the Cure will occupy Lincoln Memorial Dr. near the museum Sunday morning. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Ballet PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 504 W. National Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built by the Schlitz Brewing Company to complement its famous Schlitz Palm Garden, the building was originally the Tivoli Palm Garden. In the late 1980s, fire struck the home of Milwaukee Ballet. Though the building was almost completely destroyed by fire, the Carley Development Corporation restored the building to appear as it did in the 1800s as Tivoli Palm Garden, a popular beer garden operated by Schlitz. Today, the studio is well-equipped with four dance studios, a full costume shop, storage for more than 3,000 costumes, and administrative offices. Visitors to the home of Milwaukee Ballet will see the studio spaces where Milwaukee Ballet dancers rehearse and perfect their artistry before they appear on the stages of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Pabst Theater. Visitors will also peek into the costume shop, where thousands of costumes have been created and maintained and where costumes for "The Nutcracker" are stored and cared for. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Bank Building

  • Address: 210 E. Michigan Street (604 N. Water Street is Accessible)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Milwaukee Bank Building, home of Milwaukee's Grand Avenue Club, incorporates the oldest commercial building in the city. Ordinarily closed to anyone not a member, Grand Avenue Club members will guide visitors through the building, showing the best bits and explaining the Club's mission as an organization for adults who have suffered mental illness in Milwaukee. A stop in our 4th floor art gallery will be included, where visitors can view a private collection of members' portraits and meet the artist. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

  • Address: 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11am-5pm

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC) campus is located near McKinley Marina. Take a self-guided tour of the education building at the sailing center, including the panoramic view of the cities lakefront from the Windhover Community Room on the top floor of the new $2.3 million education center that opened in spring of 2010. The new building contains 6,000 square feet — including two class rooms, a large community room, and restrooms with shower facilities. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire Station #11 PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

This Bay View station was dedicated on Monday, September 27, 1965 by Mayor Henry W. Maier and houses Engine Co. 11 and Ladder Co. 6. The original Fire Station 11, which was also at this site, was built in 1890 and also housed Engine Co. 11 Ladder Co. 6. Currently Station 11 houses Ladder Co. 6 has four personnel on a 24-hour shift. Visitors will receive a Milwaukee Fire House tour with explanation of rig, equipment, type of responses and view of living area in quarters. Tours will be tailored to age appropriate discussion. NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Marriott Downtown

  • Address: 323 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 10am -2pm

The new Milwaukee Marriott Downtown is the first full-service Marriott in downtown Milwaukee. The Hotel was designed by Milwaukee-based architecture by design firm Kahler Slater, incorporating a majority of the existing 19th-century Wisconsin Avenue buildings that originally stood on the site with their historic facades. The hotel blends modern luxury with the architectural elements of the buildings that once stood in it's place. Visitors are invited on an escorted tour of the hotel. Learn More...


Milwaukee Police Department District 2 — LAST-MINUTE ADDITION

  • Address: 245 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12noon-3pm

Meet Captain Alfonso Morales and the District Two police staff, tour the station and check out the Community Resource Area and MPD Law Enforcement displays when you visit this late addition to Doors Open Milwaukee! Learn More...

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Milwaukee Police Department — Communications Center

  • Address: 2333 N. 49th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

Visitors will see the nerve center of the Milwaukee Police Department when they come to the Communications Center. They will see where police telecommunicators and dispatchers take calls that are often a matter of life or death, and how those calls are routed to get people the life-saving help they need. In the center, officers also monitor pole cameras that are set up around the city that are often used to catch criminals on video. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Market

  • Address: 400 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 10am-5pm

The modern-day Milwaukee Public Market, which opened in October of 2005, preserves the nature of this historic neighborhood and capitalizes on the history of an area that native Wisconsinites associate with fresh food. The Market will feature exhibits focusing on the inner workings and behind-the-scenes elements of the building and its 18 vendors. View the displays and videos throughout the building, and enjoy shopping with all of the Market's specialty food vendors. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Museum — Dome Theater FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 800 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 9am-5:30pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm Free planetarium shows (please check listing for details)

MPM’s Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium, which opened in 1996, features a six-story-tall screen -- a screen so big that it can project a life-size whale. Regular theater offerings include thrilling 3D films, awe-inspiring planetarium shows, or magnificent giant screen films. MPM will be showing FREE Planetarium shows daily at the Dome Theater for Doors Open Milwaukee participants. Shows will run at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30,3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shows include “The Little Star That Could,” “Cosmic Colors,” and “Black Holes.” Tickets will be distributed at the museum on September 20 and 21 on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission charges do apply for the rest of the museum. Learn More...

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MSOE Krueger Hall

  • Address: 820 N. Milwaukee Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

This external red brick and heavily fortified concrete building was initially built to support the early days of Milwaukee's automobiles. Krueger Hall was originally Milwaukee Tire Co. in the 1920s and 1930s. The ground floor was the show room, and the second floor was a repair center complete with an automobile elevator. Later in the late 1940s and 1950s, Krueger Hall became a Cadillac dealership (Kvamm Cadillac.) It was then a print shop in the 1960s through the 1990s. Now it is the home to MSOE's Rapid Prototype Center and WMSE Radio. Visitors will be able to tour the WMSE Studios and MSOE's Rapid Prototyping Center. Learn More...

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North Point Tower

  • Address: 2288 N. Lake Drive at E. North Avenue
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Milwaukee Water Works with a visit to the iconic tower. By virtue of its appearance and historical association, the North Point Tower is symbolic of Milwaukee’s bountiful water supply. The structure possesses the integrity of original location and workmanship, and intangible elements of feeling and association extending back into the history of the Milwaukee Water Works. The North Point Tower was used in the utility’s first “works” from 1874-1963. The tower’s staircase is not structurally sound nor wide enough for visitors to climb, but they can step inside the tower’s base and look to the top. Learn More...

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Old Southside Settlement Museum

  • Address: 707 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN ad Sunday 1pm-5pm

The Old South Side Settlement Museum focuses on the history of the Park Neighborhoods (Lincoln Village and Baran Park). The museum is spread across several rooms on the ground floor of an 105-year-old house, and each room represents different families at different time periods within the neighborhood. The front room/reception area of the museum features artists whose work has been prominent in the Park Neighborhoods. The dining room still resembles the 1920s era when the Rozgas (the family of the funeral home next door) lived there. Other rooms feature cultural groups that have contributed to the unique character of the Park Neighborhoods. Learn More...

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Park Lafayette Towers

  • Address: 1918 E. Lafayette Place
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Park Lafayette Towers is a luxury high-rise community, originally built by a Chicago-based developer to be a condominium project. Both towers are 20 stories and connected with an underground parking structure. Visitors on Doors Open Milwaukee weekend will enjoy a guided tour of the Towers, to include furnished model homes as well as all amenity spaces. Recreational spaces designed for the residents include a courtyard terrace with outdoor kitchen, clubroom and fitness studio. Doors Open Milwaukee visitors will also enjoy live music and culinary treats alfresco! Learn More...

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Plankinton Building

  • Address: 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-6pm and Sun 10am-5pm

In 1868, John Plankinton, founder and owner of the Plankinton Meat Packing Company, erected the Plankinton House Hotel on what is now the corner of Wisconsin and Plankintom Avenues. In 1915, the building was razed and the hotel was rebuilt just south of the original structure. In its place was built the Plankinton Arcade, which consists of the basement and first two stories of the current building. Designed by Chicago architects Holabird & Roche, the building is fashioned in 15th century Italian Gothic style with finished white glazed terra cotta and ornamental iron and grill-work. The statue of John Plankinton (circa 1880's) is situated in the center of the circular atrium, rotunda staircase. Architect and year: Holabird & Roche 1916 & 1924. Learn More...

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Plymouth Church UCC

  • Address: 2717 E. Hampshire Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm

Hundred year old gem: Alexander Eschweiler designed the original Plymouth Church (1913). Later additions included a gymnasium (1919) and school building (1928). Eight romanticized images of the life of Jesus by the Tiffany Studio adorn the sanctuary. A dramatic west window by Tiffany depicts the “Angel of Peace.” Visitors will be able to chose either guided or self-guided tours of the building. Tours will explain the unique elements of the building and the stories behind the Tiffany windows. Learn More...

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Pritzlaff Building

  • Address: 311 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Pritzlaff Buildings are a complex of 6 large ornate Italianate cream city brick and heavy timber construction buildings erected between 1875 and 1919 by the John Pritzlaff Hardware Company. Pritzlaff was a large hardware distributor located in the building until 1958. It is now being renovated by Sunset Investors into a mixed use space with offices and banquet halls on the first floor, and apartments on floors 2 -7. Learn about the history of 19th-century wholesalers who grew Milwaukee intto a hub of trade. View some of the huge hardware catalogs that Pritzlaff used for selling and distributing their goods, then tour through unfinished areas of the building, construction and completed areas. Pritzlaff is a work in progress. Learn More...

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Railway Exchange Building

  • Address: 233 E. Wisconsin Ave
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Sometimes referred to as Milwaukee's first skyscraper, when this 12- story building was erected in 1900 it was the first in the city to use a steel skeleton frame. Come inside to experience its elegant Italian white marble lobby with its mosaic tiled floor, and hand crafted wrought iron bannisters. Talk to the owners of the building and find out about the challenges of maintaining an old icon. Learn More...

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Saint Francis de Sales Seminary

  • Address: 3257 South Lake Drive, St. Francis
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12-4pm

Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is the oldest Roman Catholic seminary in continuous existence in the United States. Built in 1855 by workmen and Franciscan brothers who made the bricks themselves, the American Federalist style building was paid for by donations which averaged one dollar. Visitors will see Christ King Chapel with its Marie Herndl stained-glass windows which were shipped from Munich in 1899, the hand-carved grand staircase that winds up all five floors, the entryway chandelier from King Ludwig of Bavaria and the Sacellum or museum with early prints and paintings of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary as well as artifacts from its history. Visitors may also browse through the Seminary’s Salzmann Library which was completed in 1908 and houses more than 89,000 books. Learn More...

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Saint John’s on the Lake

  • Address: 1800 N .Prospect Ave
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Founded in 1868, Saint John's On The Lake is a vibrant, inclusive retirement community designed by the award-winning international architecture and design firms, Perkins-Eastman, and HG Architects. Saint John's is a community like no other in Milwaukee. Feel the "vibe” of the city outside the front door. View "Summer Dances: Monotypes by Jan Serr, " created especially for this exhibit at Milwaukee's newest museum, MOWA On The Lake, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Museum of Art in West Bend. Enjoy guided tours of the Town Centre, including our casual Bistro, Taylor’s Restaurant, the award-winning Federalist-style Chapel, 146 years of history, rain and meditation gardens, the butterfly/bee colony and raised garden beds alongside panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Learn More...


Solomon Juneau Cabin — LAST-MINUTE ADDITION

  • Address: Juneau Park, near the southeast corner of Prospect and Juneau Avenues
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm

Visit the Historical Landmark of one of Milwaukee's founding fathers, Solomon Juneau, exclusively during Doors Open! Learn More...

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South Shore Pavilion

  • Address: 2900 South Shore Drive
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12-3pm

South Shore Pavilion, located in the middle of South Shore Park, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers a great view of the marina and lake. Built in 1936, this 12,983 square foot pavilion has an interior of stately wood beams. The exterior consists of Spanish-style brick, a tile roof, arched windows and two stories overlooking Lake Michigan. Originally built as a bath house in the 1930s, the pavilion is now a popular rental hall, as well as a concessions stand and restroom facility for people using South Shore Beach. Learn More...

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St. Joan Antida High School PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1341 N. Cass Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Founded in 1954 in the Spirit of St. Joan Antida Thouret and the tradition of the Catholic faith, St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) is the premier only all-girls, urban, Catholic high school serving Milwaukee's underprivileged youth. SJA is celebrating sixty years of serving the educational needs and life aspirations of young women. Upon entering the school, visitors will find three floors of family friendly activities. Spend some time viewing a display of student artwork, exploring the chapel, or trying-out the hand bells and African drums. Learn more about SJA's rich history and mission from the Head of School and Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Historical pictures will also be on display. Learn More...

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The Pitch Project

  • Address: 706 S 5th St.
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Mike Brenner [see Brenner Brewing Company] is working to open a 25,000 sq ft arts incubator in the building with his brewery, which will feature a 1,500 sq ft contemporary art gallery and 20 artists' studio spaces. Artists are scheduled to move into The Pitch Project November 1st. See it before it officially opens! Learn More...

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The Standard at East Library

  • Address: 2340 N. Cramer Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

The Standard @ East Library adds to the active life of an eclectic east side neighborhood in Milwaukee. This mixed-use redevelopment project features a state-of-the-art library and community space, an exciting ground floor retail venue and 99 market-rate apartments. Visitors will experience an insider view of a luxury apartment development on top of the new East Side Library with outstanding amenities, including: a rooftop terrace overlooking North Avenue and downtown; a sizable club room; and an apartment home (pending availability). This will be a unique opportunity to get a tour of the newest addition of luxury housing in an unrivaled location on Milwaukee's East Side, where everything you need is within steps of your door. You won't want to miss this! Learn More...

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Thurston Woods

  • Address: 6100 N. 42nd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Discover this well kept secret of the city. You will have the opportunity to explore the various unique contributions Thurston Woods (formerly Thurston Forest) has made to the history of Milwaukee, including: the oldest surviving hand-hewn log cabin in Milwaukee, the former home of Mayor Henry Maier, the birthplace of nationally renowned Lang Brothers Woodworking, and various individual places of worship. The tour begins at the Agape Community Center, 6100 N. 42nd Street, started by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother as a source of support for the community since 1986. Learn More...

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (U.A.C.)

  • Address: 1046 N. 9th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Victorian Gothic, Cream City brick building designed by Fredrick Velguth. Construction began in 1878, with the building dedication taking place in 1880. The rich, wood interior was hand-carved from Wisconsin Oak and Ash. Most notable are the chalice-shaped pulpit, topped with a shell-like canopy and matching spires of the altar and organ case. Visitors will receive a brochure about Trinity's architecture and congregational history. They may view the narthex and sanctuary on their own, or take a brief, guided tour at designated times (Sat 10:30/11:30/12:30/1:30/2:30/3:30). The historic Schuelke organ can be heard between 11am - 3pm. Learn More...

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Tripoli Shrine Center

  • Address: 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Tripoli Shrine Center was constructed in 1925 and completed in 1928 and was patterned after the Taj Mahal. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic sites. Visitors will step back in time to take a look at Milwaukee's historic treasure. Learn More...

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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • Address: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the mu- seum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, and a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional and international artists. Learn More...

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Villard Square Branch Library

  • Address: 5190 N. 35th Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm Sunday NOT OPEN

The Villard Square Branch Library opened on October 15, 2011. It is the only Milwaukee Public Library currently operating in a multi-use building; a successful model which will be repeated throughout the city library system. Above the library, there are three floors of apartments (47units.) While visiting the Villard Square Branch Library, take note of the unique art collection created by Milwaukee artists Nicolas Lampert and Paul Kjelland. Images found throughout the library reflect the pulse of the community in which the library exists. Make sure to take a few minutes to get off your feet and sit next to the two-sided fireplace. Learn More...

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Wisconsin Black Historical Society

  • Address: 2620 W. Center Street
  • Hours: Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

This site of the Wisconsin Black Historical Museum started in the 1880's as a fire station on what was then the city's far northwest side. Exhibits depict migration of African Americans to Wisconsin, their struggles and successes (e.g. an exhibit on the Urban League), culminating in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond. See a replica of a 1940s barbershop. Self guided tours from 10am to 1pm. Guided tours between 1pm and 3pm. Visitors will enjoy the Nefertari Dance Company performances between 10am and noon in a separate space. Learn More...

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Wisconsin Club Belvedere

  • Address: 900 W. Wisconsin Ave
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11am-4pm

On the southeast corner of the Wisconsin Club grounds stands what is likely the most unique garden structure in the city, if not the state. The large one and a half story wooden structure, popularly called the Gazebo, is properly known as a Belvedere. Alexander Mitchell had built it for the purpose of viewing his extensive gardens and greenhouses from a rich and idyllic setting. Learn More...