BUILDINGS

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.

This site will be updated leading up to the event with participating building details.

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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  • 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
  • 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

    Visitors can tour the building and hear stories of the history of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge. Our bar will be open, so visitors can sample some of our more interesting historic cocktails.

    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.
  • Burnham Block – Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Homes

    Frank Lloyd Wright is considered to be the most important architect of the past 100 years. His life-long passion was to design beautiful and affordable houses for all Americans. The Burnham Block consists of two bungalows and four duplexes; the largest concentration of Wright homes on a single block. The B1 home is filled with Wright designed and inspired furniture created to fit the scale of the home. This cluster of Mr. Wright’s rare collection of homes came to a halt due to the start of WWI. Model B1, a museum house, and one duplex, currently under restoration will be available for docent lead tour.

    2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Calvary Cemetery Chapel

    This 1899 Romanesque cream city brick chapel crowns the highest point in the cemetery and was intended for services, private contemplation, and a mausoleum for clergy. Experience a spectacular view, the chapel’s exterior, then browse the upper chapel and lower mausoleum.

    5503 W. Blue Mound Road
  • Calvary Presbyterian Church

    Constructed in 1870, Calvary Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest surviving churches in Milwaukee and among of the first religious buildings in the city to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guides will welcome visitors and point out some of the historic features of Calvary, including the award-winning, 1998 redesign of the sanctuary, the historic and unique stained glass windows, and the repairs to the building from an arson’s fire in 1947. In addition, the sanctuary will open on the 22nd at 5:00 pm, so the church will be hosting a special public labyrinth tour that evening. The labyrinth will run from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

    935 W. Wisconsin Avenue