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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  • Anderson Municipal Building / Lake Tower

    The Anderson Municipal Building/Lake Tower is a classic example of Art Deco design. Constructed in 1940, it housed the Town of Lake municipal office and water tower. It now serves as an office for the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services. Visitors can participate in a self-guided tour from the lobby through the third floor where they will have a beautiful view of the southern part of Milwaukee County and the downtown skyline.

    4001 S. 6th St.
  • 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. Visitors will be awed and inspired by its beauty. The Annunciation doors will be open continually for self-guided tours. Wall-mounted signage will guide individuals in understanding Greek culture, Orthodoxy and Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative interpretation. Docents will be positioned throughout the church to offer comments and answer questions.

    9400 W. Congress St.
  • Bader Philanthropies

    The Bader Philanthropies Global Headquarters will spur conversation and creativity for generations to come. Visitors will hear stories about the neighborhood’s history, including the symbolic nature of the building.

    3300 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • 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.

    2702 S. Howell Avenue, Bay View
  • Benediction Lutheran Church

    Benediction Lutheran Church is the first church that was design by Donald L. Grieb and Associates. It bears striking similarities to the Mitchell Park Domes, which were constructed at the same time. It is often called the “teepee church” because it really does look like a huge teepee. Greeters will welcome our visitors. On Saturday, you a free to wander through the sanctuary and ask questions. Make sure that you look up! A visit could take less than 1/2 hour.

    8475 W. Fond du Lac Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225
  • 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

    Enjoy dance performances, food trucks, and plenty of art as new murals at Black Cat Alley are unveiled. Just across Kenilworth at UWM, The Fall Experiment will be taking place as well. Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and gener8tor, The Fall Experiment will explore the future through tech talks, art, film, music and gaming experiences.

    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