Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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.


Many buildings and sites will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event (Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 10am to 5pm). Others have restricted hours which are noted in the building listing.

Accessing the site
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Area of Interest
  • Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

    The museum was constructed in 1869 as a single family residence and was updated in 1905 in a German Revival style. The building was purchased by Avrum M. Chudnow in 1966 for use as his law, real estate, and construction offices. Visitors to the Chudnow Museum will see a barbershop, grocery store, ice cream parlor, hardware store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, toy store window, women’s dress store, and even a hidden room–a speakeasy.

  • City of Milwaukee / Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

    The City of Milwaukee’s recycling facility underwent a major retrofit in 2014/15 through an intergovernmental partnership with Waukesha County. It is now a regional single-stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) featuring state-of-the-art processing equipment. Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful will show visitors how recycling plays a role in a sustainable future and provide hands-on experience with products made from recycled materials.

  • CityCenter at 735

    When you visit the CityCenter at 735 you will see a blend of years of innovation, starting with the 1912 Daniel Burnham Building that was built for the First National Bank. Inside, visitors are welcomed by the building’s two main lobbies. Tours will be provided in the main hotel areas as well as in banquet and guest rooms that are not being used at the time.

  • Clock Shadow Building

    The Clock Shadow Building at 130 W. Bruce Street is a ground-breaking, sustainable building that opened in 2012. The building has captured local, regional and national attention and awards for its design, sustainable technologies, quadruple bottom line approach, community-focused tenants and Wisconsin’s first urban cheese maker. Visitors may engage in a self-guided tour via building signage that highlights how a former brownfield became a community catalyst for development.

  • 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.

  • Concordia Gardens

    Concordia Gardens is a 1.5 acre plot of formerly vacant land in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. Currently home to 35 community garden plots, a small production farm, multiple berry patches, and an urban orchard; the Gardens have transformed from a blighted patch to a beautiful community-serving space over the past four years. In Concordia Gardens we ramp up production of nutritious food and find creative ways to distribute the produce to our neighbors.

  • Cream City Clay

    Cream City Clay, Inc. is located in the heart of downtown West Allis on the Corner of 71st and Greenfield Ave. Originally clad in cream city brick, it was primarily used for retail. It is now home to a vibrant community of clay artists who are learning and practicing the art of pottery. Learn more about the history of clay in Milwaukee and how the city came to be known as the Cream City with a tour of Cream City Clay, Inc., a professional pottery school and studio.

  • Cream City Real Estate Co. (formerly St. Francis State Bank)

    The building that now houses Cream City Real Estate Co. was originally designed by renowned architect Peter Brust of the firm Brust & Phillipp, who was the designer of hundreds of residential, commercial and ecclesiastical buildings, as well as the developer of Milwaukee’s building code. The building was constructed in 1923 for St. Francis State Bank, but the bank closed down during the Great Depression. By 1934, the quaint location was used by Beyer Printing and in 1943 it became a Knights of Pythias Lodge. During the 1960s-70s, it was home to a Polish Legion Hall, and was afterwards serving as a meeting place for the Ace Homing Pigeon Club. Following a renovation plan by Wikwood Associates, the building became the home of The Cream City Real Estate Co. The building has been renovated to reflect the building’s first use as a bank of 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.

  • David Barnett Gallery

    The preeminent Italianate architect in Milwaukee, Edward Townsend Mix, designed this wonderful Cream City Brick house for Dr. Henry Harrison Button in 1875. The David Barnett Gallery contains over 6,000 works of art. Learn about the building and the broadest range of for-sale art available in any Wisconsin Gallery. Gallery representatives will be on hand to tell you about the house and the collection.

  • Educators Credit Union

    The Prospect Avenue branch of Educators Credit Union opened in September 2009. The architect, Ken Dahlin — president of Genesis Architecture, constructed the building using as much “green” material as possible. It has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects for excellence in design. The tour will include the rooftop garden, normally not open to the public.