2018 BUILDINGS

Doors Open 2019 is scheduled for September 28 and 29. Buildings for the 2019 program will be published in July 2019. The buildings featured here were open during the 2018 program. 

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 171 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods.

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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  • Milwaukee City Hall

    When first built in 1895, the City Hall was the third-tallest building in the country thanks to it’s spectacular bell tower, which stands at 353 ft. tall. Although it no longer holds that title, City Hall continues to be one of Milwaukee’s most iconic landmarks to date. Visitors will be able to explore the building’s 10-story rotunda, with a structure consisting of a basement and eight stories of city offices, as well as drop by the Mayor’s office.

    200 E. Wells Street
  • Milwaukee County Historical Society

    Located along the Milwaukee river, the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) is a museum and research library housed in the former 1913 Beaux Arts Second Ward Savings Bank. MCHS will be showcasing the Summerfest 50 Exhibit and a scaled down version of Melodies & Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music. Knowledgeable MCHS staff will be available to answer questions.

    910 N. Old World Third Street
  • Milwaukee Fire Museum

    One of five fire stations of this style built in 1927. This station located at 16th and Oklahoma contains fire apparatus dating back to the 1920s including the departments first ambulance, a 1947 Cadillac. Follow a tour guide or explore at your own pace with a museum guide sheet.

    1615 W. Oklahoma Avenue
  • Milwaukee PBS

    Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at Milwaukee PBS. Along with a brief tour, visitors will get a chance to be on camera, learn about locally-produced programs, and hear about some of the upcoming fall broadcasts including a new documentary by Ken Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, The Mayo Clinic – Faith – Hope – Science.

    1036 N 8th Street enter at the corner of 8th and Highland, take the elevator to the 4th floor.
  • Milwaukee Police and Fire Safety Academy

    Visitors will be offered a guided tour of the Police side of the safety academy used by police personnel. Visitors will be able to see historical artifacts, observe vehicle contact training presented by recruits, a tour of the fire arms range and recruits practicing Defense and Arrest tactics in the gymnasium.

    6680 N. Teutonia Ave (parking in rear)
  • Milwaukee Police Department District 2

    Meet the District Two police staff, tour the station and check out the Community Resource Area and MPD Law Enforcement displays when you visit.

    245 W. Lincoln Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Milwaukee Public Library – Mitchell Street Branch

    Visitors will experience Milwaukee’s newest branch library and how it operates. Visitors will be able to see the historic restoration and redevelopment of the five story Hill’s Building, which is now home to the library and apartment units above.

    906 W Historic Mitchell Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53204
  • Milwaukee Public Library – MLK Branch

    Martin Luther King Library opened in 1971 as the Locust Library. In 1973 it was re-dedicated in honor of Dr. King. The King library is slated to be rebuilt entirely in the near future, so come see a part of Milwaukee history before it’s gone!

    310 W. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Milwaukee Public Museum – Daniel M. Soref Planetarium

    As part of Doors Open, enjoy a free planetarium program in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Visitors must visit admission windows for planetarium program ticket. Space is limited. Check www.mpm.edu for planetarium program times.

    800 W Wells St Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
  • Milwaukee Turners/Turner Hall

    Historic Turner Hall has been a Milwaukee landmark since its inauguration in 1883. The headquarters of the Milwaukee Turners, one of the city’s oldest civic organizations, Turner Hall is among the finest remaining examples of a grand building constructed of “cream city brick.” Visit the beautifully restored Turner Restaurant and learn how to decode the symbols hidden within the Turners’ historic panorama paintings, stained glass windows, photographs, and other treasures of Milwaukee’s rich German-American heritage.

    1034 N. 4th St. (between W. State St. and W. Highland Ave., across from BMO Harris Bradley Center)