BUILDINGS

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.

Hours

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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  • First Baptist Church of West Allis

    First Baptist Church of West Allis is one of the oldest churches in the Milwaukee area having served the community for 177 years. Visitors will have the opportunity to look around, join guided tours, and will learn about the early years in the farm community, which became Honey Creek Settlement, then North Greenfield, and finally West Allis.

    1576 S 78th St
  • First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

    The church was designed for the Unitarian congregation in 1892 by architects George Ferry and Alfred Clas. View the Chanticleer on the steeple, as well as the carved sculptures adorning the entrance. Enter the English Gothic-style sanctuary from the Perpendicular period and be surrounded by the golden glow of stained glass windows. View the wooden hammer beam arches and uniquely carved stone corbels. Also on the tour is the church parlor and, on Sunday only, the Leenhouts Common Room, which displays new, local art on a monthly basis. This is a church not built as a Christian church, but in a very particular style. It is one of the oldest churches in the city. Docents will be on hand to give information.

    1342 N. Astor Street
  • Flux Design, LTD

    All visitors are welcome to stop by Design Flux and climb aboard a fast-moving train with over a decade and a half of art, creativity, fun, and hard work behind it.

    811 E. Vienna Ave.
  • Forest Home Cemetery

    This 1892 Landmark Chapel was designed by Ferry & Clas in a graceful English Gothic structure of Lake Superior sandstone with an interior of enameled brick, extensive oak millwork, and a pair of glass conservatories on either side of the main worship space. Visitors will enjoy full access to the building and will have the choice to take either a guided, or self-guided, tour of the space.

    2405 W. Forest Home Avenue
  • Germania Historic Apartments

    Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a complete renovation of an 1896 printing/office building. Guided tours will include the historical exterior components, lobby, commercial space, club room and at least one apartment.

    135 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
  • Global Water Center

    The Global Water Center (GWC) is a 98,000 square foot, seven-story refurbishment of a century-old brick and timber warehouse into a first-class office and research space. Visitors to the GWC can participate in self-guided tours of the first-floor exhibit space, and see various lab spaces.

    247 W. Freshwater Way
  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

    Walk into Grace Lutheran Church and become immersed in the warm beauty of this richly-appointed sanctuary. See the bold colors in our art glass windows depicting Biblical events. View and learn about our historic pulpit with its schaldeckel and our baldacchino-enshrouded altar. Hear our 3-manual pipe organ. Learn about German Lutheranism’s history in Milwaukee and its ongoing meaning today. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will welcome you, answer your questions, supply interesting historical background, explain the congregation’s current status and activities, and summarize our beliefs for you.

    1209 N. Broadway
  • Grain Exchange Room

    The three-story Grain Exchange Room (trading room) is the awesome showcase of the interior of the Mackie Building. Flanked by murals, marble columns, and gold leaf, the new trading room when built was replacing what may have been the first trading pit in the world. The vast trading room stretches to roughly 10,000 square feet, with colossal columns dividing the room into three sections. At the center, a skylight surrounded by frescos of wheat sheave medallions and Wisconsin wild flowers caps the room.

    225 E. Michigan Street
  • Great Lakes Distillery

    Originally buildings belonging to the Pfister-Vogel tannery, Great Lakes Distillery (GLD) took over the site to make spirits in 2008.
    On Saturday, there will be tours at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm that will each last about 30 minutes, A $10 tasting flight follows for those who are interested. On Sunday, 30 minute tours are at 1, 3, and 5 pm, with a $10 tasting flight following for those who are interested. There will also be informal, guided tours throughout both days.

    616 W. Virginia Street
  • Grove Gallery in the Lamers Building

    Designated as a “Walker’s Point Building of Architectural Interest”, the building has been home to a shoe store, an appliance retailer and repair shop, a Yugoslavian publisher, an artificial limb retailer, and several times a gallery.

    832 S. 5th St