2016 BUILDINGS

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.

Hours: 

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.

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  • Milwaukee French Immersion School

    Milwaukee French Immersion School’s beautiful brick schoolhouse was built in 1932 by Milwaukee Public Schools architect Guy E. Wiley. The school, originally Steuben Junior High School, was named for Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian-born military officer who served in the American Revolution. After Steuben closed at the end of the 2003-2004 school year, Milwaukee French Immersion School moved in immediately, allowing the successful school more room to grow. More than 80 years after the school was built, original art work and details, including decorative tile work, remain.
    Guided tours offered every half hour beginning at 10:00.

  • Milwaukee Gas Light Company (Zimmerman Architectural Studios)

    This building was originally home to West Side Works for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company and provided gas to light homes and street lamps. The building housed retort furnaces to super-heat coal into gas which was stored in gasometers and piped throughout the city overnight. Today, the retort furnaces are gone, and is now home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Along with historical displays, visitors will see design work from the 110 year history of Zimmerman Architectural Studios.

  • Milwaukee Makerspace

    Originally built in 1962, this 16,000 square foot, one-story, brick building served the Bay View community as a Krambo Food Store for over a decade. Today it is home to Milwaukee Makerspace; a collaborative workshop and fabrication lab. Makers, builders, artists, crafters and visitors are welcome to explore our building and its various workshops and labs. Woodworking, welding, metal casting and forging, pottery, electronics, robots, and electric vehicles are just a few of the many activities and interests that will be on display.

  • Milwaukee Public Museum Daniel M. Soref Planetarium FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

    The Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The museum was chartered in 1882 and opened to the public in 1884. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rain forest and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Theater and Planetarium. As part of Doors Open 2016, enjoy a free planetarium program in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Planetarium show will air every half hour while the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Milwaukee Theatre

    Welcome to the largest theatre in Wisconsin, with 4,086 very comfortable seats. The outside may be deceiving, but built in 1909, it was a showcase of its time. It was remodeled in 2003 to accommodate a need for an indoor theater with a capacity over 3,500. The Arena is celebrating 65 years in operation. Some recent features: new seats to match our new partner–UWM, new scoreboard with seamless sides, and new flat screen monitors so you won’t miss the action at the concession stands. The Annex, located between the UWM Panther Arena and the Milwaukee Theatre, which will be the starting place for tours of either building. Offered as self-guided tours, there will be displays and recordings taking you back through each buildings’ respective histories, and friendly hosts to answer your questions. Interact with the teams that call the Arena home. Take in the newly renovated Green Room and Production Room, and peek at the new ways the Milwaukee Theatre / UWM Panther Arena change capacity to bring in the shows you love.

  • MobCraft Beer Brewery and Tasting Room

    The MobCraft Beer Brewery and Tasting room is a 1940’s warehouse that has been converted to a brewery, restaurant, and tasting room. You will be able to learn the ins and outs of brewing, and sample some of the wide variety of MobCraft beers. Doors Open Milwaukee guests will get the VIP tour!

  • Modjeska Theatre

    The Modjeska Theatre — named after Helena Modjeska, a renowned Polish actress who specialized in Shakespearean roles — was originally built in the 1920s as a vaudeville and movie palace. We will offer visitors an open-house tour during the event, which will consist of Modjeska history, the theatre’s future plans, and self guided tours of the first floor and second floor if possible.

  • Mount Mary University

    Mount Mary University (then College), is Wisconsin’s first four-year, degree-granting institution for women in Wisconsin. The oldest buildings on campus were designed by Herbst & Kuenzli and constructed by Edward Steigerwald & Sons in 1929. The buildings were constructed with Lannon stone from nearby Hartung quarry (now Hartung Park.)

  • Mount Olive Lutheran Church

    Tudor Gothic church in the Washington Heights neighborhood dedicated in 1923 with attached parsonage and education complex. Restoration in 2013 and 2014 of woodwork and altar furnishings includes new altar, communion rail, and front pew panels in the gothic style. Self-guided tours of the sanctuary will be available at other times during Doors Open Milwaukee. Guides will be on hand to answer questions.

  • MSOE – WMSE Radio – Krueger Hall

    Originally a 1920s automobile tire retailer, this red brick/concrete building is now home to 3,200 watt public radio station WMSE, owned and operated by MSOE. The station has provided Milwaukee with a diverse mix of all music 24 hours a day for 35 years. Tour the WMSE studios, meet some of the volunteer DJs, and be awed by the station’s music library.