2017 BUILDINGS

Sites will be added throughout the month of 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.

Hours: 

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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge

    Bryant’s was originally built in the 1890s by Miller Brewing and acted as a Miller Tied House. In 1936, Bryant Sharp opened a neighborhood tavern in the building where he served beer, shots, and chili to the residents of the near southside. Visit Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge to learn about the history of the space and how Bryant’s fits in to the history of cocktails in America.

    1579 S. 9th Street
  • Bublr Bikes

    Bublr will offer visitors guided tours of their new space in the Grand Avenue Mall. They will be showing visitors all the work behind the scenes required to keep Bublr rollin’!

    275 West Wisconsin Ave.
  • Buck Bradley’s / A. Schoenleber Building

    Buck Bradley’s Eatery and Saloon features “The Longest Straight Shot Bar East of the Mississippi.” Visitors will be taken on a guided tour of the building where they can admire the first floor for its impressive bar, antique light fixtures, tile floor (which was laid specifically for Buck Bradley’s), and reconstructed cream city walls.

    1015 N. Old World Third St.
  • Burnham Block – Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Homes

    The historic Burnham Block is home to world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Build Homes. Join in the the celebration of Wright’s 150th Birthday by learning about his architectural designs and the restoration work currently being done to preserve them. Special exhibits will be featured this year as part of the 150th Birthday Celebration and tours.

    2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Calvary Presbyterian Church

    Calvary Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest surviving churches in Milwaukee that was built in the Neo-Gothic (or Victorian Gothic) style. Constructed in 1870, Calvary was designed by architect Henry Koch in association with Julius Hess. Koch resolved to make Calvary stand out boldly from its surroundings by having the building’s cream-city brick exterior painted […]

    935 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Casa Romero Renewal Center

    The mission of Casa Romero Renewal Center is to integrate faith and justice by means of programs that offer formation and renewal for youth and adults, strengthen families, and build community. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy self-guided tours, guided tours, and exhibits.

    423 West Bruce Street
  • Catholic Financial Life

    The Catholic Financial Life’s 19-story structure was built specifically for the organization’s home office in 1970 and remains their headquarters today. Visitors of the Catholic Financial Life building will have an opportunity to tour the on-site All Saints Chapel, view a gallery of photos of historic Milwaukee, visit Catholic Financial Life’s Family Care Suite, and take in the city from a whole different vantage point from the building’s roof top oasis.

    1100 W Wells Street