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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  • Next Act Theatre

    Next Act Theatre, one of Milwaukee’s premier professional theater companies, is dedicated to engaging the hearts and minds of its audience through their various productions. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend behind-the-scene guided tours, which will be given every half hour from 10:15 a.m until 4:45 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

    255 S. Water Street
  • Northside YMCA

    – Join in on Youth Basketball Classes: 10am-12pm – Crafts and Games: 12-2pm – Open Swim: 2-5pm – Membership and Program Tables/raffles: All Day!

    1350 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205
  • Our Daily Salt / H.C. Anton Building

    A former turn-of-the-century grocery store, the H.C. Anton Building is constructed of cream city brick, still containing its original tin ceiling. and presently houses Our Daily Salt — a manufacturer of handcrafted housewares. Visitors will enjoy a brief tour explaining the history of the building and the business, as well as experience the making of the handcrafted artwork by local Milwaukee artists.

    3519 W. National Avenue
  • Pfister Hotel

    The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, has been the premiere hotel in the city for over a century and continues to celebrate the traditions of gracious service and elegant style that is the hallmark of the American Grand Hotel. Begin your visit at the Café Rouge, viewing a brief documentary on history of the Pfister, followed by a brief talk by Peter Mortensen, Chef Concierge and Historian of the Pfister.

    424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Riverside Theater

    The Riverside Theater, opened in 1928, was designed by local architects Charles Kirchoff and Thomas Rose. Kirchoff and Rose designed many theaters, including the Palace Theater in New York City. On your self-guided tour you will come across historical displays, balcony views, and screen presentations of past Riverside performances.

    116 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Saint George Melkite Church

    Constructed with Milwaukee Cream City brick and crowned with three bulbous onion domes, Saint George Church was built in 1917 to replace rented locations used for worship by Wisconsin’s Middle-Eastern Christian congregation. Visitors to Saint George will be able to view the interior of the church, join any impromptu tour in session, learn about the Eastern Christianity and the building’s history,, and are encouraged to ask questions.

    1617 W. State Street
  • Scathain, LLC

    Scathain, LLC is a design build firm that combines Old World techniques with Midwestern work ethic to craft custom artistic furnishings and functional accents out of metal, wood, and mirrors. At this site, visitors will experience the unique art and furniture made by Scathain craftsmen here in Milwaukee.

    422 S. 4th Street
  • Stone Creek Coffee Factory

    The Stone Creek Factory was built in 1888, designed by Burnham and Root, and became home to Stone Creek Coffee in 1999. Visitors will get a glimpse into the coffee world while learning about the roots of the space through guided tours that will cover the history of the building and Stone Creek Coffee, a brief lesson on coffee and their sourcing model, and a look behind the scenes at the roaster and coffee cellar.

    422 North 5th Street
  • Summerfield United Methodist Church

    Summerfield United Methodist is an excellent example of a small Gothic Revival Church. Come inside this 1904 Gothic-Revival Sanctuary to view the beautiful stained glass windows and ceiling an to have questions answered by a docent.

    728 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Survive Alive House FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

    The Survive Alive House was built in 1985. It was built to help educate the children of Milwaukee that attends public schools on how to escape a fire in their home. The children will come in and be seated in our classroom and learn and watch videos on how to escape a burning building safely. They will also learn how to make an escape plan of their own house to be prepared. Then they will come to our pretend house and actually participate in the home to get practice and the feeling of how to escape.

    2059 S. 20th Street