FREE PUBLIC TOURS 2015
Public Tours will be offered during Doors Open Milwaukee at the times within their specific descriptions below.
Tickets (when required) are given out FREE TO THE PUBLIC on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. on the specific day the tour is given during Doors Open Milwaukee at Milwaukee City Hall Headquarters (200 E. Wells Street.) TWO TICKETS PER PERSON.
All Public Tours, unless otherwise indicated, will be distributed in this manner.
Biking on the Hank Aaron State Trail
Sunday (9/20) — 9 a.m. No ticket required.
This 2-2.5 hour bike tour will go through areas of great significance in the city’s history. This easy ride with frequent stops will focus on the history and changes in the Menomonee Valley, Native American uses, impacts of the Milwaukee Road Shops, and the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, built for returning Civil War veterans and still serving veterans today. Tickets: Not required. Time: 9 a.m. Sunday. Duration: 2-2.5 hrs. Capacity: n/a. Parking and starting location: Public lot near Charter Wire just west of Canal Street, roughly under 35th Street Viaduct. Bring your own bike, helmet, and water.
City Hall Bell Tower Tour
Saturday (9/19) and Sunday (9/20) 7 tours per day on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ticket required, free, and distributed first-come, first-served at City Hall at 10am each morning on the day of the tour during Doors Open Milwaukee. Duration: 45 minutes
Take a rarely-offered climb up five steep, narrow flights of stairs. Get a chance to ring the “Solomon Juneau” — the 11-ton bell named after Milwaukee’s first mayor. Learn about how and why the bell is ringing again after over 75-years of silence. Tour-goers must sign a waiver before taking the tour. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. Please meet in the City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells Street.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours
Saturday (9/20) — 10:00AM-2:00PM
Sunday (9/21) — 10:00AM-2:00PM
Pick-Ups Occur Throughout Day; Times Below
No ticket required.
Map out your day using the Milwaukee Food & City Tours Hop On & Hop Off Bus – a hassle-free way to enjoy the city. Join our fully-narrated 60 minute sightseeing tour at any one of four hotel pick up locations or any other regular stop on the route. Enjoy the sights of the city and then hop-on and off for visits at locations of your choice around Brady Street, the Historic Third Ward, and Walker’s Point.
Sat and Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet the green/purple buses
at one of 4 locations – prompt pick ups:
1) Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave
– 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm.
2) Hilton City Center, 509 W Wisconsin Ave
– 10:04 am, 11:04 am, 12:04 pm, 1:04 pm, 2:04 pm.
3) Hyatt Regency, 333 W Kilbourn Ave
– 10:12 am, 11:12 am, 12:12 pm, 1:12 pm, 2:12 pm.
4) Intercontinental, 139 E Kilbourn Ave
– 10:17 am, 11:17 am, 12:17 pm, 1:17 pm, 2:17 pm.
Port of Milwaukee Bus Tour
Saturday (9/19) — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tours start on the hour, every hour
The bus tour of the Port of Milwaukee will include guided tour of commercial port operations including salt, coal, cement, steel, machinery and fertilizers that move through the Port of Milwaukee either by water, rail or truck. Tours will leave the Port of Milwaukee’s Administration Building on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2014. The last stop will be at the Coast Guard who will have displays of their equipment they use in their rescue and pollution response efforts as well as a tour of their Sector Lake Michigan facilities. Times: Sat.10am-4pm on the hour. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 24. Meet: Port of Milwaukee Administration Building: 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Sign up for tours will begin at 9:00 am at the Port, 2323 S Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Soldiers Home Historic District
5000 W. National Avenue
Saturday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket required. Duration — 45-60 minutes
Designed as a place to aid veterans’ healing and ease their transition back into civilian life, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home (Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) was established in 1867. Nestled into a picturesque landscape, the recuperative village boasts as many as 48 historic resources including marvelous Victorian architecture designed by renowned Milwaukee architects Edward Townsend Mix and Henry C. Koch.
Join Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and others who care deeply about the Soldiers Home for an in depth, outdoor guided walking tour through the grounds and learn about the architecture and history of the buildings. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. Please meet at 5000 W. National Ave, at the fountain in front of Old Main/N. Mitchell Boulevard.
MillerCoors Visitor Tour
Saturday (9/19) and Sunday (9/20) — 10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m., every 30 minutes
No ticket required.
Take an indoor/outdoor walking tours every 30 minutes between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours begin every 30 minutes and take approximately 1 hour to complete plus 30 minutes for beer sampling for guests 21 and older. You will experience our Packaging, Shipping and Brewing operations on the tour as well as a visit to our Historic Caves and samples in the Bavarian-Style Miller Inn. All ages welcome. We hope to see you for a Miller Time Visit during Doors Open Milwaukee! Please meet at 4251 W. State Street.
Inside the Department of Transportation (DOT)
Sunday (9/20) 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ticket required. Duration — 60 minutes
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center operates traffic management and traveler information systems on Wisconsin’s interstates, freeways/expressways and state highways. For safety, operators monitor nearly 400 cameras throughout the state to keep traffic flowing. Using their control room video wall, they will demonstrate how they keep tabs on current traffic conditions and provide information in real-time to protective services. The capacity for this tour is 35 people. Please meet at 433 W. St. Paul Ave., 3rd Floor (Statewide Traffic Operations Center) Inside Intermodal Station; Meet at East Side Elevator.