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.

The buildings featured on this page participated in 2017.

Stay tuned for 2018 program information coming in 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.


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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  • Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge

    Bryant’s was originally built in the 1890s by Miller Brewing and acted as a Miller Tied House. In 1936, Bryant Sharp opened a neighborhood tavern in the building where he served beer, shots, and chili to the residents of the near southside. Visit Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge to learn about the history of the space and how Bryant’s fits in to the history of cocktails in America.

    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.
  • Buck Bradley’s / A. Schoenleber Building

    Buck Bradley’s Eatery and Saloon features “The Longest Straight Shot Bar East of the Mississippi.” Visitors will be taken on a guided tour of the building where they can admire the first floor for its impressive bar, antique light fixtures, tile floor (which was laid specifically for Buck Bradley’s), and reconstructed cream city walls.

    1015 N. Old World Third St.
  • Burnham Block – Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Homes

    The historic Burnham Block is home to world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Build Homes. Join in the the celebration of Wright’s 150th Birthday by learning about his architectural designs and the restoration work currently being done to preserve them. Special exhibits will be featured this year as part of the 150th Birthday Celebration and tours.

    2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Burnham Fieldhouse / Burnham Park

    Located in the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood of Milwaukee, Burnham Park was named after George Burnham, a revolutionary figure in Milwaukee’s brick making history. Visitors to the Burnham Fieldhouse in Burnham Park will have the opportunity to go on a self-guided tour of the historic pavilion building.

    Enter Parking lot off S 32nd St between W Burnham St and W Mitchell St
  • 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

    Calvary Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest surviving churches in Milwaukee that was built in the Neo-Gothic (or Victorian Gothic) style. Constructed in 1870, Calvary was designed by architect Henry Koch in association with Julius Hess. Koch resolved to make Calvary stand out boldly from its surroundings by having the building’s cream-city brick exterior painted […]

    935 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Casa Romero Renewal Center

    The mission of Casa Romero Renewal Center is to integrate faith and justice by means of programs that offer formation and renewal for youth and adults, strengthen families, and build community. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy self-guided tours, guided tours, and exhibits.

    423 West Bruce Street
  • Catholic Financial Life

    The Catholic Financial Life’s 19-story structure was built specifically for the organization’s home office in 1970 and remains their headquarters today. Visitors of the Catholic Financial Life building will have an opportunity to tour the on-site All Saints Chapel, view a gallery of photos of historic Milwaukee, and take in the city from a whole different vantage point from the building’s roof top oasis.

    1100 W Wells Street
  • 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