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.

Accessing the site
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Spotlight Neighborhood
Area of Interest
  • ASQ Center

    Curious about what’s in the former Gimbels building? Housed in what used to be the famous Gimbels Department Store (and later Marshall Field’s), the ASQ Center is the global headquarters of ASQ and home to many businesses. ASQ staff will take guests on a 20-minute tour of ASQ, pointing out many unique features and telling the story of this historic building’s transition from department store to a modern office building.

  • Bank of Milwaukee Building

    The Bank of Milwaukee building is the oldest commercial building on the only block of existing nineteenth century architecture in the city. Visitors will see the structural features of an architectural gem, including original marble fireplaces and floor safes that were manufactured in the 1850’s and used to store piles of cash. In addition, visitors will see how respectful renovations can serve a twenty first century need.

  • Basilica of St. Josaphat

    The Basilica stands alone. The year was 1896 and Polish immigrants were pouring into the south side of Milwaukee, reaching numbers of more than 12,000. Reverend Wilhelm Grutza had a vision – to build a grand church, one the community would be proud of – in order to honor Polish heritage and be a destination for people from around the world.

    Visitors to the Basilica will experience inspiration beyond their imaginations. They will step back in time and learn how the energy and passion of our founding brothers and sisters erected this “ignored wonder of the world,” while docents tell the captivating story of faith, sacrifice and triumph that is the Basilica’s history.

  • Bay View Printing Company

    There is proof that print is alive and thriving in Milwaukee! Bay View Printing Company is a 99 year old letterpress print shop that is housed in a converted church building. The walls of the church basement are lined with type cabinets full of wood and lead type that print workers handset every day.

    Visitors to the printing company will enter through the retail space upstairs and be able to meander the community gallery space while waiting for tours of the basement to begin.

  • Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

    Doors this year are open to the “Old Human Resources Area,” which is becoming a new Gift Shop for the Best Place at Pabst. See how crown moldings were retained and be some of the first to glimpse at the “Old HR Area” as it is transformed into the Best Place Gift Shop. Experience historical details that remain while the area is repurposed.

  • Black Cat Alley

    The Black Cat Alley is a new arts destination for outdoor, large-scale murals in a two-block private alley way. Located between Kenilworth Blvd and Ivanhoe, and between the Oriental Theater on Farwell and Colectivo on Prospect, the alley will become an open public art gallery and walkway. As street art is canvasing the world and shifting the art scene, the Black Cat Alley project brings this explosively relevant art movement to the Milwaukee community. The nine jury selected artists – six local professionals, two national artists, and two local art students – will be installing the murals from September 17-18 during the Black Cat Alley Mural Festival.

  • Bray Architects

    Bray Architects’ new home at 829 S. 1st was built in 1919 as an auto garage for Wadham’s Oil Company and was well known in the Walker’s Point neighborhood for its red-roofed pagoda-style filling station, which is an A.C. Eschwieler prototype design. Bray’s design team completely renovated the single-story abandoned manufacturing building into a workplace that fosters inspiration, creativity and collaboration among its employees. The exterior and interior renovation was completed in May 2016. Visitors will get an inside look at this stunning renovation.

  • Brenner Brewing Company

    Brenner Brewing Company moved into this building in June of 2013 and converted its old parking garage into a Brewery and tasting room. The adjacent building houses 22 artist studios and an art gallery. Brenner Brewing will be offering quick walkthroughs of the brewery once an hour starting at 11:45 a.m. The street will be closed down in front of the building for a unique beer garden experience featuring art vendors, food, and live music.

  • Bridging the Gap Golf Learning Center FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

    Bridging the Gap Learning Center, Inc. (BTG) was founded in 1992 by Robert A. Byrd, Jr., a former basketball player for Marquette University’s 1977 NCAA Championship Team. With a mission to educate, inspire and equip underserved youth and adults with the necessary tools and resources to develop and maintain successful futures and strong, productive communities in order to achieve success beyond the athletic arena. Visitors will get to see the first of its kind Golf Learning Center, and the full range of educational, developmental and training programs and services offered.

  • Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge

    Originally a Miller Brewing tied house, this small corner commercial building now houses the oldest cocktail lounge in Milwaukee, and one of the best preserved cocktail lounges in the country — Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge. Open since 1938, Bryant’s has received international recognition for its preparation of specialty cocktails, and its preservation of the cocktail lounge atmosphere. Remodeled after a devastating fire in 1971, Bryant’s features gold-plated cash registers and hardware, velvet walls, dim lighting, and a hi-fi system that cost $21,000 in 1971.