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.


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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  • 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)
  • Charles Allis Art Museum

    On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains a world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, Asian ceramics and stunning decorative arts. Self-guided tours will expose the visitor to this lavish 1911 Tudor home containing a superb collection of art with many 19th century French and American paintings.

    1801 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

    Originally built as a single family in 1869 for the Daniel Schultz, the style is a common Milwaukee Italiante built out of the area’s famous cream city brick. Air-conditioned indoor exhibits include an ice cream pavilion, grocery store, pharmacy, movie theater and secret speakeasy. Outdoor features include two 1930 vehicles in a garage workshop environment. Also includes a scavenger hunt, working vintage phones, unique movies, sound buttons and more interactive features for all ages. Brat fry, snacks, ice cream, sodas, gift shop & larger garage sale available. Some off-street parking available.

    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
  • City of St Francis (WI) Civic Center

    The St. Francis Civic Center was opened in October 2014, replacing the old city hall that was built around 1960.

    3400 E. Howard Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53235
  • Coakley Brothers & Brothers Business Interiors

    Visitors will learn how the Water Tower was created by it’s artist, Tom Fruin, and brought from Brooklyn to Milwaukee, built in the parking lot and placed on top of the building.

    400 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53204