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.

The buildings featured on this page participated in 2017.

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.


Please note that not all buildings are open for the entire Doors Open event (Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 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.
  • 833 E Michigan

    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. There will be tours of the 1st and 4th floor common area spaces during Doors Open Milwaukee.

    833 E Michigan, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, Suite 500
  • 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

    Originally built in 1952 as a manufacturing building for J.C. Busch Co., 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (88.9fm) made the building their new home in 2013. Visitors will be treated to a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the building’s 2,500 square foot green roof, an array of recording studios, a 100-seat performance space where national and Milwaukee bands regularly perform, and much more!

    220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue
  • Above View, Inc.

    Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, 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. Visitors will be provided a guided tour of their showroom, introduced to the corporation’s 80 exquisite ceiling designs, learn about the company’s history, and tour the plant floor.

    4750 S Tenth Street
  • Adventure Rock MKE

    Visit Adventure Rock MKE to 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, and will even include a peak behind the climbing walls. Tour guides will be well versed in answering questions about the building design as well as the sport of climbing.  Don’t worry; they won’t make you climb on the tour.

    2220 N. Commerce
  • Alice’s Garden Urban Farm

    An inviting and welcoming outdoor space in Milwaukee, often referred to as one of the city’s “best-kept secrets,” Alice’s Garden is an agricultural oasis of beauty and culture! Visitors will enjoy a self-guided walk in the beautiful herbal labyrinth, a special scavenger hunt for children and families, and additional garden activity stations. Venice Williams, Alice’s Garden director, will offer tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., each day.

    2136 N. 21st St.
  • All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church

    Epiphany Lutheran Church, which has been known as All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church since 1991, was originally built in 1906. All Peoples serves an ethnically and socially diverse population, reflecting a commitment to inclusiveness and social justice. Visitors will experience evidence of a vibrant spiritual community with diverse educational, ecological and social justice outreaches.

    2600 N. 2nd Street
  • All Saints’ Cathedral

    This Gothic Revival church building was designed by Edward Townsend Mix, a noted Milwaukee architect, and was constructed in 1868 by Olivet Congregation Church. That congregation disbanded before taking occupancy and the church was eventually purchased and consecrated by the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin in 1871. All Saints’ is the first cathedral in the Episcopal Church USA. Take time at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or the Lady Chapel to seek a few minutes of spiritual sanctuary in the church. Explore the church with a self-guided walking tour where docents will be present and available to answer any questions.

    818 E. Juneau Avenue
  • 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.