BUILDINGS

Doors Open Milwaukee is a two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history. This event offers behind the scenes tours of more than 150 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods and 40+ ticketed tours led by community leaders.

Stay tuned for 2018 program information coming in July.

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.

Hours

Please note that not all buildings are open for the entire Doors Open event (Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, 10 am to 5 pm). Please confirm the hours in the building listing before you visit.

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  • 4 Seasons Skate Park

    Established in 1999, 4 Seasons Skate Park is Wisconsin’s largest indoor skateboard facility offering skateboarding, BMX biking, in-line skating, and scootering. Visitors will have full access to the indoor skate park, where they can explore the facility on self-guided tours.

    200 N. 25th St.
  • 5 Points Artist Gallery and Studios

    5 Points Artist Gallery and Studios is a former area funeral home (Johnson-Goolsby Funeral Services, est. 1980) converted into a mixed-use shared artist space in the Williamsburg Heights/Harambee neighborhoods.

    3514 N. Port Washington Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53212
  • Alice’s Garden Urban Farm

    This “green” environmental community center was once a vacant tavern at 37th and Pierce. Designed by Uihlein Wilson Architects, the branch serves 22 south side schools who are clamoring for our Neighborhood Environmental Education Project. Explore the beautiful herbal labyrinth, enjoy walks along the mulched paths, as all of your senses take in the beauty of the garden, sit in the grassy area for a some moments of relaxation! Children are also invited to have some fun with a garden scavenger hunt!

    2136 N. 21st St.
  • Ambassador Hotel

    Although its doors first opened in 1928, the Ambassador Hotel’s ambitious $14 million restoration in the late 1990’s has served as a cornerstone in the rebirth of the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors will enjoy the option to complete a guided, or self-guided, tour of the property, and see why the Ambassador is once again one of Milwaukee’s premier hotels.

    2308 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • 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.
  • Bay View Printing Company

    Bay View Printing Co. is a century-old letterpress print shop. Their basement studio houses 12 antique letter-presses and a collection of 300+ wood and lead typefaces. 2017 marks the company’s 100th year in business – join the celebration! Visitors will enjoy guided tours of the space, view the community gallery exhibits, and admire the mural created by 10 local artists on the entire north side of the building in celebration of the event!

    2702 S. Howell Avenue, Bay View
  • Brewhouse Inn & Suites

    First operational as Pabst Brewery’s brewhouse in 1882, this stunning repurpose into the all-suite, extended stay Brewhouse Inn and Suites opened in April, 2013. Visitors may take part in self-guided tours of the original Pabst Brewing floor, which is now The Kettle Atrium, the second floor of the Inn, and may even peek into a guest room.

    1215 N. 10th Street
  • Bublr Bikes

    Bublr will offer visitors guided tours of their new space in the Grand Avenue Mall. They will be showing visitors all the work behind the scenes required to keep Bublr rollin’!

    275 West Wisconsin Ave.
  • Burnham Block – Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Homes

    Frank Lloyd Wright is considered to be the most important architect of the past 100 years. His life-long passion was to design beautiful and affordable houses for all Americans. The Burnham Block consists of two bungalows and four duplexes; the largest concentration of Wright homes on a single block. The B1 home is filled with Wright designed and inspired furniture created to fit the scale of the home. This cluster of Mr. Wright’s rare collection of homes came to a halt due to the start of WWI. Model B1, a museum house, and one duplex, currently under restoration will be available for docent lead tour.

    2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Casa Romero Renewal Center

    Casa Romero, built in 1888 by Schnetzky and Liebert, was used by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (teachers at Holy Trinity School and later at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School) for over 100 years. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy self-guided tours, guided tours, and exhibits. Come and see what makes Casa Romero “tick.”

    423 West Bruce Street