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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  • 4 Seasons Skate Park

    Established in 1999, 4 Seasons Skate Park is Wisconsin’s largest indoor skateboard facility offering skateboarding, BMX biking, in-line skating, and scootering. Visitors will have full access to the indoor skate park, where they can explore the facility on self-guided tours.

    200 N. 25th St.
  • 5 Points Art Gallery & Studios

    5 Points Artist Gallery and Studios is a former area funeral home (Johnson-Goolsby Funeral Services, est. 1980) converted into a mixed-use shared artist space in the Williamsburg Heights/Harambee neighborhoods.

    3514 N. Port Washington Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53212
  • 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

    Originally built in 1952 as a manufacturing building for J.C. Busch Co., 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (88.9fm) made the building their new home in 2013. Visitors will be treated to a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the building’s 2,500 square foot green roof, an array of recording studios, a 100-seat performance space where national and Milwaukee bands regularly perform, and much more!

    220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue
  • Adventure Rock MKE

    Get a glimpse into the world of rock climbing at Milwaukee’s premier rock climbing facility, Adventure Rock MKE. Tour guides will be well versed in answering questions about the building and the sport of rock climbing. Self-guided tours are also available with staff standing by to answer any questions. Don’t worry; they won’t make you climb on the tour… but you’ll be itching to after!

    2220 N. Commerce
  • Alexander Lofts

    While touring the Alexander lofts, visitors will have the opportunity to see how Gorman and Company has turned history into a modern day living community. While keeping the integrity of the building and neighborhood in mind, The Alexander lofts, maintained the original staircases, picture windows, and columns. Step back in time, while embracing the style and comfort of today.

    1673 S 9th St
  • Alice’s Garden Urban Farm

    Please join us in the outdoor, urban splendor of Alice’s Garden! Explore the beautiful herbal labyrinth, enjoy walks along the mulched paths, as all of your senses take in the beauty of the garden, sit in the grassy area for a some moments of relaxation! There will be garden tours each day at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm each day. Children are invited to have some fun with a garden scavenger hunt! There will also be prepared food to purchase, or you may bring your own meal to eat at one of the eight picnic tables throughout the garden. We will also have our Alice’s Garden Artisan Market on Sunday.

    2136 N. 21st St.
  • All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church

    Epiphany Lutheran Church, which has been known as All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church since 1991, however, it was originally built in 1906. All Peoples serves an ethnically and socially diverse population, reflecting a commitment to inclusiveness and social justice. Visitors will experience evidence of a vibrant spiritual community with diverse educational, ecological and social justice outreaches.

    2600 N. 2nd Street
  • All Saints’ Episcopal Cathedral

    This Gothic Revival church building was designed by Edward Townsend Mix, a noted Milwaukee architect, and was constructed in 1868 by Olivet Congregation Church. That congregation disbanded before taking occupancy and the church was eventually purchased and consecrated by the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin in 1871. All Saints’ is the first cathedral in the Episcopal Church USA. Take time at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or the Lady Chapel to seek a few minutes of spiritual sanctuary in the church. Explore the church with a self-guided walking tour where docents will be present and available to answer any questions.

    818 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Ambassador Hotel

    Although its doors first opened in 1928, the Ambassador Hotel’s ambitious $14 million restoration in the late 1990’s has served as a cornerstone in the rebirth of the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors will enjoy the option to complete a guided, or self-guided, tour of the property, and see why the Ambassador is once again one of Milwaukee’s premier hotels.

    2308 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • America’s Black Holocaust Museum

    America’s Black Holocaust Museum, which was founded by lynching survivor Dr. James Cameron, is re-opening at this address in fall 2018. The new museum, like its predecessor, shares the story of the African-American experience from pre-captivity to the present as an integral part of U.S. history. The museum will include exhibits on African people before captivity, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, auction blocks, the civil rights movement (both past and present), and more.

    401 W North Ave