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.

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Area of Interest
  • Federal Courthouse FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

    The Federal Courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. Visitors will have a choice between two tours. The regular tour (one hour long) starts in the atrium every twenty minutes. It continues with a guided tours of the ceremonial and centennial courtrooms. The short tour (30 minutes) is on a flexible start time and includes atrium highlights and a tour of a recently renovated courtroom. Family passport activities include a scavenger hunt for children.

  • Finney Library Company

    The Finney Arts Incubator is a lovely example of Milwaukee Mid-Century Modern Architecture. It is currently under renovation as a creative business incubator. Built of local stone, glass and aluminum it opened as a library in 1953 on the Corner of Sherman Boulevard and North Avenue in the heart of Milwaukee. It is one of Milwaukee’s few Modern buildings on the National Register. Come and see the progress we are making on our renovation project. Check our Facebook page for a listing of artists work that will be on display for Doors Open Milwaukee.


    Flux Design is a 20,000 square foot fully functional design/build shop located in the heart of the Riverworks area at the Southeast corner of Vienna Ave. & Fratney St. Our building mixes hard work and lots of fun. Our space is an industrial shop with machinery and lots of tools mixed with exciting art and sculpture. Our doors are open to creative minds of ALL ages who want to learn more about what we do and why we do it. We offer brief tours of our space as well as self-guided exploration, art-making, lots of laughs and lots of fun!

  • Foamation Cheesehead Factory

    100 year old utilitarian original brick building. Formerly A.P. Green Refractory Distributer. This building serviced the booming foundry industries in the Midwest. Previously a small breweries office. Currently occupied since July 2016 by the Original Cheesehead Manufacturer Foamation.

    All visitors will be able to visit the retail store and get a “Sneak Peak” of a small sampling of the manufacturing process of the Cheesehead product line. Visitors will be able to ask questions and interact with the Cheesehead makers and then shop in our retail store after. Full guided tours will be yet to come in 2017!

  • Forest Home Cemetery

    Our 1892 Landmark Chapel was designed by Ferry & Clas (Pabst Mansion & the Central Library)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. The Historic office building vaults will be open to enter and view large cemetery record books of 1850′s including the signatures of Milwaukee’s most famous names and cemetery benefactors.

  • General Mitchell International Airport / Mitchell Gallery of Flight

    Named in honor of Milwaukee-native General William “Billy” Mitchell, the namesake of Milwaukee’s airport, the Mitchell Gallery of Flight is a 1,400 square foot museum opened in March, 1988 and located on the north concession level of General Mitchell International Airport, near the entrance to the C concourse. Visitors will not only be able to view the museum, which is open daily to the public, but also the adjacent rooms that contain additional exhibits and artifacts related to Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Lance Sijan and astronaut Capt. James A. Lovell, USN.

  • Global Water Center

    The Global Water Center 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 can participate in self-guided tours of the first-floor exhibit space, and see various lab spaces. As one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of Walker’s Point, see breath-taking vistas of the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee’s downtown.

  • Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage

    The Malone building was built in 1990 and houses a 12000 square foot USDA inspected manufacture; producing 300,000 pounds of Gourmet Pork Delicacies yearly. Building was owned by Glorious Malone, Founder and is presently owned by her Daughter, Daphne Jones. We will share the history of Malone’s and it’s popular deliciousness.

  • Golda Meir Library

    Three major special collections programs located in the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library will showcase rare and fascinating treasures. The internationally-renowned American Geographical Society Library, established in the early 1850s to promote the collection and diffusion of cartographic  information, is one of the premier collections of its kind in North American, containing over 1.3 million items […]

  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

    The founding church of the Wisconsin Synod, Grace began in 1849. The original structure was replaced by the existing building in 1901, designed by architect Armin Koch. It was crafted in orange brick in a more “modern” German Gothic style, with a nearly complete terra cotta front porch and terra cotta trim around the building. Knowledgeable guides will be available to answer your questions and share fascinating stories about the history of the church, while organists and musicians entertain.