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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  • Hyatt Regency Milwaukee / VUE

    Opened in October of 2015, VUE is a private event space located at the top of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee Hotel. Formally known as Polaris, this space originally opened it’s doors in 1980 as Milwaukee’s first and only rotating rooftop restaurant. Experience the stunning 360 degree view of the city including downtown, Lake Michigan, and Miller Park as you shoot 21 stories above the ground!

    333 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Islamic Resource Center / Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition

    The IRC is a very unique center, that welcomes anyone and everyone, providing resources like a lending library, cultural center, cafe, community computers, bookstore, board room and lecture hall for meetings and events. The MMWC provides resources and educational materials to groups that seek information and tools to promote understanding through their presence at the Islamic Resource Center.

    5235 S. 27th Street
  • Islamic Society of Milwaukee

    The Islamic Society of Milwaukee is the largest Islamic facility in Wisconsin. See how this former public school was expanded to accommodate our community’s Muslim population. Visit a Muslim prayer hall and learn about the features that are found in every mosque.

    4707 S. 13th Street
  • Knickerbocker on the Lake

    The grand opening of The Knickerbocker on the Lake occurred in 1933, after four years of construction took place. When first opened, The Knickerbocker provided apartment style accommodations with full kitchens and individual private baths. Today, each condominium is privately owned, leaving hotel guests to intermingle with permanent residents.

    1028 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Marquette University / St. Joan of Arc Chapel

    St. Joan of Arc Chapel is by far the oldest structure in Milwaukee and is believed to be the oldest building in the western hemisphere that is still used for its intended purpose. The chapel was dedicated to Marquette University and open to the public in 1966, and continues to beat as the heart of the Catholic, Jesuit community that surrounds it.

    1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Milwaukee City Hall

    When first built in 1895, the City Hall was the third-tallest building in the country thanks to it’s spectacular bell tower, which stands at 353 ft. tall. Although it no longer holds that title, City Hall continues to be one of Milwaukee’s most iconic landmarks to date. Designed by architect Henry C. Koch in the Flemish Renaissance […]

    200 E. Wells Street
  • Milwaukee County Courthouse

    The Milwaukee County Courthouse was designed by architect Albert Randolph Ross, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the Courthouse will receive a brief guided walk through a couple floors of the Courthouse, and will also have the opportunity to look into a courtroom to see the one of Frances Scott Bradford’s murals.

    901 N. 9th Street (Wells Street entrance between 9th and 10th Street.)
  • Milwaukee County Greenhouses

      Take a behind the scenes tour of the newly built County Greenhouses and see first-hand how these state of the art computerized systems manage and monitor the growing of the plant crops for the Conservatory. Energy efficient, grey water reuse, and timed programs all help to produce consistent size and quality of our plant […]

    524 S. Layton Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53215
  • Milwaukee Gas Light Company / Zimmerman Architectural Studios

    Originally built in 1903, this building first housed the West Side Works for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company and is now home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Visitors to the site will see historical displays and design work from the 110 year history of Zimmerman Architectural Studios, one of the oldest and most successful architectural firms in Wisconsin.

    2122 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • MSOE – WMSE Radio – Krueger Hall

    Originally a 1920s automobile tire retailer, this red brick/concrete building is now home to 3,200 watt public radio station WMSE, owned and operated by MSOE. The station has provided Milwaukee with a diverse mix of all music 24 hours a day for 35 years. Tour the WMSE studios, meet some of the volunteer DJs, and be awed by the station’s music library.

    820 N. Milwaukee Street