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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  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

    The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, which was opened in July of 1961, is the last major building designed by esteemed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The general theme of the church is a Greek cross, with its circular components symbolized throughout the Church. The basic conception of the church is Byzantine, and it is styled after […]

    9400 W. Congress St.
  • Ascension Lutheran Church

    Ascension Lutheran Church embodies many nationalities, races, languages and cultures, reflecting the diversity of Greater Milwaukee and surrounding communities. Visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of this 1922 building.

    1236 S Layton Blvd
  • ASQ Center

    Housed in what used to be the famous Gimbels Department Store, 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.

    600 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Bader Rutter

    Bader Rutter’s new headquarters is part of the redevelopment of the historic Laacke & Joys building on the Milwaukee River. This new building redeveloped the historic brick and timber structures that remain in addition to adding new construction. The new 1433 N. Water St. structure consists of five stories and features a an open monumental staircase which interconnects the floors and staff throughout.

    1433 N. Water St
  • Bank of Milwaukee Building / Grand Avenue Club

    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.

    210 E. Michigan Street
  • 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.

    2333 S 6th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215
  • 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
  • Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

    The Pabst Brewing Company bought this 1858 former Milwaukee Public School building in 1890 and converted it into Captain Pabst’s Corporate Offices and Guest Center. Visitors will get to go behind the scenes and view the newly refurbished areas within the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.

    901 W. Juneau Avenue
  • Black Cat Alley

    Black Cat Alley is a new arts destination comprised of large-scale, outdoor murals in a two-block private alley located between Kenilworth Blvd and Ivanhoe between the Oriental Theater on Farwell and Colectivo on Prospect. Black Cat Alley is an open public art gallery and walkway exhibiting 14 beautiful murals by 16 artists as well as a large-scale installation by internationally acclaimed European artist, known only as MTO.

    2021 E. Ivanhoe Place
  • 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