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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  • 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
  • Digital Measures

    The Mercantile Building was designed by Kirchhoff & Rose and built by owner Alfred Uihlein as a wholesale warehouse in 1908, with a recent addition completed earlier this year. At Digital Measures, located in the Historic Third Ward, visitors will experience the modern workplace this space has become today.

    220 E. Buffalo St., Floor Five
  • Eleven25 at Pabst

    Located in the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, this luxury student-housing renovation of the former Bottling Building has a unique industrial quality consistent with its historic surroundings. Visitors to Eleven25 at Pabst will be taken on guided tours of the building and view the fitness center, three-story study atriums, private study rooms, theater and recreation rooms, the 8,000 square foot exterior community park, and more!

    1225 N. 9th St.
  • 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
  • Fire Engine 3

    Station 3 was built in 1900, and has one remaining, original fire pole that is still in use. Visitors will get to see the fire trucks inside and out, check out the equipment firefighters use, see firefighting gear up close and get information on fire safety.

    100 W Virginia St
  • 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 176 years. Visitors will be taken on guided tours, and will learn about the early years in the farm community, which eventually became West Allis.

    1576 S 78th St
  • Flux Design, LTD

    Flux has left its thumbprint on over 100 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafes all over the greater Milwaukee area – but we take regular design and turn it on its head. 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.