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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  • Oak Creek City Hall

    Drexel Town Square was Delphi Corporation. Now it’s the Oak Creek City Hall, Library, and ‘down town’ of the city. Come tour through City Hall and the Oak Creek Public Library, which are the same building.

    8040 S. 6th ST.
  • Oak Creek Historical Society

    The Oak Creek Historical Societies museum complex is a collection of 5 historic building that were all moved to the site. The buildings include a Log Cabin, Blacksmith Shop, Farm Shed, Summer Kitchen, and Oak Creek’s Town Hall from 1874.

    Corner of 15th and Forest Hill Ave Oak Creek, WI 53154
  • Oriental Theater

    Get a chance to roam the theater while the lights are on, get a chance to sit in the balcony, and maybe even catch a glance at the projection equipment.

    2230 N. Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
  • Orlandini Studios

    The ornamental plaster studio shop was originally built 1876. Matt and Julian Orlandini purchased the property in August of 1964 as a duplex. The original shop was located on 5th and Scott St. Upon purchase, Julian immediately set about the task of gutting the building, jacking it up, putting in a new foundation and building the shop onto the back of the existing building. Orlandini has been open and doing business since August of 1965.

    633 W. Virginia Street
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

    Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, founded by Norwegian immigrants on Milwaukee’s southside in 1858, built the present building on the site of the Todd Wehr Estate in 1954. Before entering the Wisconsin Avenue doors, look up to the 15′ “The Inviting Christ” statue and notice the solar panels (2.24 kw) that were installed in 2008. The History Room and Chapel are open for visitors. Your guides are eager to share about the mission and ministries of the congregation.

    3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Pedal Milwaukee, Velobahn Coffee & Cycle, Fyxation, and Wisconsin Bike Fed

    The Pedal Milwaukee building currently houses 4 businesses and organizations with ties to cycling. It includes one of Milwaukee’s newest independent coffee shops. The building is also half a block away from the Hank Aaron State Bike Trail which allows quick and safe access to Milwaukee’s downtown and Western Suburbs of the Greater Milwaukee Area.

    3618 W. Pierce St.
  • Pilcrow Coffee

    We will have our front tasting room open and will be open for tours of our roastery in the back of our building.

    1739 N Martin Luther King Jr. Dr
  • Pinehold Gardens

    Take a first hand look at an organic produce farm in an urban setting.

    1807 E Elm Rd
  • Pleasant Street Bridge House

    The City of Milwaukee developed the towerless vertical lift bridge in the 1960s. See how a bridge works from a bridge operator’s perspective. There will be 2-3 openings per hour during the event.

    400 E. Pleasant Street
  • PPG

    PPG is a global maker of paints, coatings, and specialty materials. The PPG Oak Creek plant is part of PPG’s Industrial Coatings segment and thereby produces coatings for the company’s industrial, automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and packaging coatings businesses. Come sneak a peek at our manufacturing facility and examples of how our products have probably touched your lives, from paint on your walls to golf balls to food cans to heavy-duty equipment to motorcycles.

    10800 S 13th Street Oak Creek, WI 53154