2018 BUILDINGS

Doors Open 2019 is scheduled for September 28 and 29. Buildings for the 2019 program will be published in July 2019. The buildings featured here were open during the 2018 program. 

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 171 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods.

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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  • 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 a donation 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
  • Fire Station 1

    NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL
    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 N Broadway
  • Fire Station 21

    The Engine Company No. 21 structure is significant historically because of its association with the development of the Milwaukee Fire Department and the development of the Brewers Hill area. Visit this fire house to see how it’s transformed and functions in 2016.

    2050 N Palmer 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 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