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

How it works: 

  • Use the filter below to build your own itinerary.
  • No tickets necessary.
  • Start when and where you like.
  • Visits to any of the buildings and sites below are free of charge.
  • Free guided tours are often available.
  • Please click on the sites below to view extended details. 
  • Note: Like all sites, museums are free, unless otherwise described.


Many buildings and sites will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event (Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 10am to 5pm). Others have restricted hours which are noted in the building listing.

Area of Interest
Accessing the site
Spotlight Neighborhood
  • 5th District School (Garfield School)

    This 1887 cream city brick schoolhouse in the Greenfield township was erected on the site of the first brick Honey Creek School (1855). The school, which combined both grade and high school, features a bell tower that was reconstructed in 1973. This building became part of the West Allis school system in 1902 and was used as a grade school until 1923. Walk through a unique collection of historic artifacts, including a 1900’s dental office, a tool room, a pioneer room, a general store and blacksmith shop. Visitors can “ring the school bell”, operate a player piano, and vote on an early 1940’s voting machine. The Museum has an extensive doll collection and room dedicated to the industry that once defined the area. A research library is located in the lower level as well.

    8405 W. National Avenue
  • 600 East Wisconsin Building

    Built in 1913 by architects Schnetzky & Sons as a home for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company, 600 EAST Wisconsin was renovated by its current owner, Dan Nelson, Jr., to house his marketing agency, Nelson Schmidt Inc. The agency is located on the second and third floors (2006), and in order to reintroduce retail to the east end of Wisconsin Avenue, the street level of the building features 600 EAST Café & Business Center (2014). Visitors are welcome to visit the new 600 EAST Café & Business Center and examine the exposed architectural features in one of the last remaining 3-story buildings on E. Wisconsin Avenue from the early 1900s, all while enjoying a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch and perusing several historical large-format photographs of the building and Milwaukee’s Central Business District.

    600 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • 833 East Michigan

    This 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.

    The tower is environmentally sustainable and features 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.

    833 East Michigan Street
  • Above View, Inc.

    Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ABOVE VIEW INC., was founded in 1984 with the vision to produce artisan quality ornamental plaster ceiling tiles on a commercial scale for commercial applications. Above View is a favored source for ornamental plaster ceiling tile in styles ranging from traditional to geometric, contemporary and avant-garde.

    Visitors will be provided a guided tour of Above View’s showroom, will get introduced to over 80 exquisite ceiling designs, and will learn about the company’s history. They will also be allowed to visit the plant floor where they will witness the creation of Above View’s plaster and glass fiber artisan ceiling tiles.

    4750 S Tenth Street
  • Adventure Rock MKE and Belay Apartments

    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 with an indoor climbing facility.

    2220 N. Commerce
  • All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church

    The church’s magnificent stained glass windows and other architectural delights provide the physical framework for a diverse mix of educational, ecological and social justice outreaches. There is a garden/green house/water reclamation project embedded in the church’s youth oriented programs, as well as a life size Salvadoran cross, which reflects the church’s commitment to a world view of social justice issues. A partnership with St. Vincent de Paul resulted in a major kitchen renovation for the building that will be completed this year, and the church will soon serve dinner to 200+ people every week day.

    2600 N. 2nd Street
  • Ambassador Hotel

    Built in 1928, The Ambassador Hotel has stood as a Milwaukee icon for many years. The art deco style and structure of the building have been meticulously restored over the years. Boasting some of the best rooms for the best value, as well as superior customer service, The Ambassador Hotel is the premier place to stay in Milwaukee. Learn about the building’s restoration process and view architectural photo galleries from over the years on a guided tour of this beloved landmark.

    2308 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • American Red Cross Family Passport Site

    2600 W. Wisconsin Ave was built in 1961 by architecture firm Ebling, Plunkett & Keymar. The building was built specifically for the American Red Cross and has been owned by the American Red Cross ever since. Celebrating 100 years of service in Wisconsin, the Red Cross invites you to come and visit their Wisconsin Region Headquarters. Experience a day in the life of a ‘Red Crosser’, experience daily operations, take a self-guided tour, and learn what it’s like to be part of the Disaster Action Team.

    2600 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Anderson Municipal Building / Lake Tower

    The Anderson Municipal Building/Lake Tower is a classic example of Art Deco design. Constructed in 1940, it housed the Town of Lake municipal office and water tower. It now serves as an office for the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services. Visitors can participate in a self-guided tour from the lobby through the third floor where they will have a beautiful view of the southern part of Milwaukee County and the downtown skyline.

    4001 S. 6th St.
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

    The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is the last major building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Opened in July of 1961, the general theme of the Church is a Greek cross with its circular components, which is symbolic throughout the Church. Visitors will be awed and inspired by its beauty. Guided tours will include information about the architecture of the building as well as insight into the physical elements and the religion of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

    9400 W. Congress St.