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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  • Colby Abbot Building

    The Colby-Abbot Building, located in the heart of East Town, was built in 1885 as the home office of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Using white marble imported from Italy, wide corridors and bay windows, this five-story structure was, and continues to be, a magnificent addition to Milwaukee’s skyline. The sixth story was added at the turn of the century to meet the need for commercial office space in Milwaukee’s growing economy.

    759 N. Milwaukee St
  • Compost Crusader / The Steel Farmer

    Guided tours will talk about some of the equipment used for projects and what it is like to buy and sell functioning fabrication equipment from an era forgotten. You will also see compost trucks, a worm bin, and finished compost from Compost Crusader’s partners at Blue Ribbon Organics in Caldonia.

    1780 E Bolivar Ave, St. Francis, WI, 53207
  • 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
  • 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
  • David Barnett Gallery

    Come explore Wisconsin’s oldest and largest art gallery with over 6,000 works of art! The collection includes Modern Masters like Dali, Chagall and Van Dongen, African sculptures, vintage French posters, contemporary paintings, and much more all housed inside three floors of the historic Button mansion. David Barnett and gallery staff will be available to answer questions and guide viewers throughout the galleries. For $5 get exclusive access to the rooftop terrace for a spectacular panoramic view. Truly a unique experience filled with art and history from Milwaukee and far beyond.

    1024 E. State Street
  • Design Fugitives

    Visitors will be taken through Design Fugitive’s humming shop where they will see how analog practices and digital design work hand-in-hand.

    160 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53204
  • Escuela Verde

    Escuela Verde is a school whose mission is to cultivate a community that is participatory, just, sustainable and peaceful. They do this by graduating high school students who are prepared to live happy, healthy, meaningful lives. Students helped design the building and where integral in the space development. You’ll be able to see amazing student accomplishments like murals, work, meditation gardens, aquaponics system.

    3628 W. Pierce St
  • Federal Courthouse

    The U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building was built between 1892-1899 and is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. Visitors will have the opportunity to attended guided tours of three areas, with each tour lasting 15 minutes.

    517 E. Wisconsin 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
  • Fire Engine 1

    Firehouse Engine #1 houses Engine 1 and Truck 1. They are the oldest companies in the Milwaukee Fire Department. Truck 1 was founded in 1837, and Engine 1 in 1839. They’ve been together at the Broadway and Wells Station since 1840. Take a guided tour behind-the-scenes of the oldest firehouse in Milwaukee, talk to firefighters, and see the equipment housed there as well as view historic photos of past crews and fire engines.

    784 Broadway