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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  • Centerpointe Yacht Services LLC

    CenterPointe Yacht Services is a full service boatyard located on Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor that works in selling, servicing and storing over 300 boats each winter ranging in size from 25 feet up to 100 feet. The Milwaukee boat yard is located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood and at the mouth of the harbor entrance. […]

    700 S. Water 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.

    814 W. Wisconsin Avenue (accessible entry at 813 W. Wells Street)
  • Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

    Visitors to the Chudnow will see a collection of artifacts from the 1920s through the 1940s in rooms depicting a barbershop, grocery store, ice cream parlor, hardware store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, toy store window, radio store, and even a hidden room–a speakeasy.

    839 N. 11th Street
  • City Lights Brewing Company

    4 Brothers officially opened a craft brewery in February of 2017 utilizing two of the iconic Milwaukee Gas Light Company campus buildings and re-launched as “The City Lights Brewing Company”. With buildings designed by the famous Alexander Eschweiler, the first steel exported from Pennsylvania by Andrew Carnegie and brickwork hand-glazed by Tiffany; the City Lights buildings will amaze, educate and delight you. Visitors will be able to see the majesty of the restored 115 year old building which has been transitioned into a state-of the art brewery.

    2210 W Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • City of Milwaukee / Waukesha County Recycling Education Center and Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

    The City of Milwaukee’s recycling building houses state-of-the-art sorting equipment and serves as a regional single-stream MRF in partnership with Waukesha County. Visitors can see the baling equipment and recyclables from the observation room, while also learning about products made from recyclable materials and the role recycling plays in our sustainable future.

    1401 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Clock Shadow Building

    The Clock Shadow Building is a ground-breaking, sustainable building that was opened in 2012 and set a community standard for green development. Visitors may engage in self-guided tours via building signage that highlights how a former brownfield became a community catalyst for development.

    130 W. Bruce Street
  • Cream City Clay

    Cream City Clay, Inc. is located in the heart of downtown West Allis on the Corner of 71st and Greenfield Ave., one block from Allis Chambers. Originally clad in cream city brick, the pottery school and studio proudly inhabits a beautiful red brick building constructed in 1904.

    7105 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis
  • Cream City Real Estate Co. (formerly St. Francis State Bank)

    Cream City Real Estate Co. was designed by renowned architect Peter Brust of the firm Brust & Phillipp in 1923. The building has been renovated to reflect the building’s first use as a bank in the 1920’s. On display are many mementos of Bay View history, as well as objects produced in Milwaukee and bearing the name of the Cream City.

    3474 S Pennsylvania Avenue (on the corner of Kinnickinnic and Morgan Avenue)
  • Cudahy Train Depot / Cudahy Historical Society

    The railroad built the Depot in 1893, at which time it consisted of men’s and women’s waiting rooms, a telegrapher’s office, and an attic for storage. Visitors to the Cudahy Train Depot and Cudahy Historical Society will experience a trip back in time in the beautiful, fully renovated train depot.

    4647 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
  • 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