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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  • 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
  • CANCELLED Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

    Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin was founded by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee in 1982 and have grown to become the leading hunger-relief network in Wisconsin today. Visitors will receive a unique behind-the-scenes tour of how Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin reclaim the more than 25 million pounds of food that passes through their doors each year, and how they provide healthy meals to hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites.

    1700 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
  • Carma Laboratories, Inc. (Carmex)

    This is Carma Laboratories Distribution Center. Because of the size and acoustics of the space we are building one of the largest symphonic pipe organs in the United States which will be played during the course of the day and the focus of the tour.

    9750 S. Franklin Drive Franklin, WI 53132
  • Casa Romero Renewal Center

    Casa Romero, built in 1888 by Schnetzky and Liebert, was used by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (teachers at Holy Trinity School and later at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School) for over 100 years. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy self-guided tours, guided tours, and exhibits. Come and see what makes Casa Romero “tick.”

    423 West Bruce Street
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

    The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist has been the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 165 years. The building of the Cathedral began in 1847, combining Roman and Grecian architecture. The cream city brick structure was gutted by fire in 1935 and an expanded and restored Cathedral was rebuilt in time for the Centennial of the Archdiocese in 1943. A more recent renovation of the Cathedral was completed in 2001 that included the revitalization of the entire Cathedral block. Visitors to the Cathedral will experience the beauty and serenity of a truly sacred space. The interior and prayer garden are open for guided and self-guided tours as well as prayer, contemplation and respite. Guides will be present to greet visitors and share information about the Cathedral’s art work, history and purpose.

    812 N. Jackson Street
  • Central Library

    The Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library opened in 1898 as a shared space with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Visitors to the Central Library may take a variety of tours of areas normally unavailable to the public. On Sunday, visitors can tour the rotunda Dome and the Old Board Room. On Saturday, visitors can also tour the 4th floor offices and workrooms that formerly served the Museum and the Green Roof.

    814 W. Wisconsin Avenue (accessible entry at 813 W. Wells Street)