Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 2016      10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. No tickets necessary. Visits to any of the buildings and sites below are free of charge. Free guided tours are often available. Many buildings and sites will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event. Others have restricted hours. Look for the DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE banner near the building entrances on September 19th and 20th, 2015. Note: Like all sites, museums are free, unless otherwise described.

This list will be updated monthly until the event, so be sure to check back periodically for new additions.

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Area of Interest
  • UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium

    The UWM Planetarium is a round building that is attached to the Physics building on the main UWM campus. This stellar gem is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The planetarium theater can hold 68 people in concentric seats, which are designed to look up and enjoy stars during live programs. The programs will last 25 minutes starting every half hour from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm for a total of 7 presentations. Meet outside the planetarium doors, Physics 139.

  • West Allis Fire Administration Building and Fire Station 1

    The Fire Administration Building was originally, Fire Station 1, which opened on October 4, 1930. It was designed and built by local contractor Martin Jezo. It served as a fire station until 2003 at which point construction of the new Fire Station 1 (located on the lot immediately to the east) was completed. Once the […]

  • UWM Architecture and Urban Planning

    The School of Architecture and Urban Planning building opened in 1994. It provides classroom, office, and studio spaces for faculty and students in Architecture and Urban Planning. The Commons is a large 2-story open area with enormous glass doors overlooking a green space right outside the building. The hallways of the building are used continuously […]

  • Var Gallery and Studios

    This building was initially constructed in 1890 housing an Aluminum and Brass Foundry. Built from cream city brick, old wooden joists and support beams, this building continues to show off in age despite the renovation into a contemporary gallery. During your visit, you will be guided through the Var gallery studios. Our in house artist studios are not normally open to the public so you have the opportunity to see the space they work in, along with current works in progress.

  • Adventure Rock MKE

    Adventure Rock MKE and Belay Apartments is a collaboration between Adventure Rock Climbing Gym and the Mandel Group. This is the first development of it kind to combine residential housing and an indoor climbing facility.

    Visitors to Adventure Rock will receive a guided tour through the climbing facility. Each tour will spend time learning about the design elements of the building and the unique construction of the climbing walls. All tours get a peak behind the climbing walls. Tour guides will be well versed in answer questions about the building design, as well as, the sport climbing. Don’t worry; we won’t make you climb on the tour.

  • Catholic Financial Life

    The Catholic Financial Life 19-story structure was built specifically for the organization’s Home Office in 1970, and remains their headquarters today. This 9,930 square foot concrete structure features an attached 4.5 story parking structure, Milwaukee’s only downtown roof top pool/sundeck, and 120 residential apartments.
    For the very first time, visitors of the Catholic Financial Life building will have an opportunity to enter the on-site All Saints Chapel and stroll down memory lane while viewing a gallery of photos of historic Milwaukee.

  • 833 Development Partners, LLC

    The 833 East Michigan Street 18 story, Class A multi-tenant office tower is the newest addition to downtown Milwaukee’s resurgent skyline. In the center of Milwaukee’s commercial business district, 833 East combines elegant design, incredible views, state-of-the-art technology and premium tenant amenities.
    833 East is environmentally sustainable and unmatched high visibility. 833 East offers stunning views making it the premier new office development in downtown Milwaukee.
    There will be tours of the 1st and 4th floor common area spaces during Doors Open Milwaukee.

  • WasteCap Salvage Warehouse

    The WasteCap Salvage Warehouse is located in the Avenues West neighborhood. The building has primarily been utilized for a combination of office and warehousing throughout the years. Visitors will experience the WasteCap Salvage Warehouse through self-guided brochure walking tour of the warehouse.

  • American Red Cross

    2600 W. Wisconsin Ave was build in 1961, architect Ebling, Plunkett & Keymar. The building was built specifically for the American Red Cross and has been owned by the American Red Cross since this time. Celebrating 100 years of service in Wisconsin, we invite you to come and visit the Wisconsin Region Headquarters. You will experience a day in the life of a ‘Red Crosser’, by seeing what day to day operations look like. Take a self-guided tour and see what it’s like to be part of the Disaster Action Team.

  • Milwaukee Yacht Club

    The 1896 clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1943 in the depths of World War II. In 1967 the new clubhouse was built; it’s a two-an -a-half story, 9,500-square-foot brick building containing the Club’s main dining room, a smaller dining room for smaller groups, two bars, and a lounge on the top levels overlooking the harbor and Milwaukee’s skyline.
    Visitors will discover what makes Milwaukee Yacht Club home for boaters and anyone who simply loves the lakeshore lifestyle.