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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  • UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning

    The School of Architecture and Urban Planning building opened in 1994. It provides classroom, office, and studio spaces for faculty and students in Architecture and Urban Planning. Local planning organizations will be on hand to discuss the future of transportation, the location of affordable housing near jobs, racial segregation in southeast Wisconsin, and neighborhood based initiatives toward economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

    Guided building tours will be offered on the half our starting at 10:30 AM. Last tour at 3:30 PM. Guided gallery tours will be offered at 11, 12 and 1 pm.

    2131 E. Hartford Ave.
  • UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

    The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences’ Great Lakes Research Facility is located in Milwaukee’s Harbor District right on the water. When you visit the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences for Doors Open, you don’t just get a tour. We open up our labs and put our science on display. Our scientists and students will be more than happy to talk to you. Want to learn about how water science contributes to the health, wealth, and quality of life of our society? Give us a few minutes to bend your ear. And of course you’ll get to see some of the cool stuff we do, from our fish labs to our DNA sequencers to the Research Vessel Neeskay.

    600 E Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53204
  • Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

    Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is an Italian Renaissance-style villa designed and built by architect David Adler in 1923 as the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation, his wife Agnes and their family. Curated exhibitions are mounted several times each year along with a variety of arts programming. Our current exhibition is Look Here! a group show in collaboration with UWM libraries and RedLine Milwaukee.

    2220 N. Terrace Avenue
  • Vision Forward

    Vision Forward (then called the Badger Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired) was founded by Adam Zepp in 1919. A tour and staff-led activities will explore the transformation of our building and organization throughout our extensive history. Experience how technology has evolved and made everyday tasks more accessible, learn about specialized services for children with vision loss and see adaptive products in our retail store.

    912 N. Hawley Road
  • War Memorial Center

    Explore our campus on your own and enjoy military history displays and visit our memorials or take an in-depth tour to learn about our landmark building and our mission to Honor the Dead, Serve the Living. War Memorial Tours Sunday only: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm. New this year: 1-hour guided combined tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum/War Memorial Center leaves from the main entrance of the Milwaukee Art Museum at 11 am and 12 pm, on Saturday, and 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm., on Sunday. Sunday only: Exclusive, one-day-a-year public access to the balcony and an up-close look at the stunning Lewandowski mural on the west facade of the War Memorial Center. Kids will enjoy our photo scavenger hung both days and flag mosaic project on Sunday.

    750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
  • We Energies- Public Service Building

    This 112 year old, neoclassic gem, with matched Italian marble walls and a second-floor art deco auditorium, played an important role in changing Milwaukee with trains, buses, electricity, natural gas, steam heat and even appliances sales, serving as the utility’s headquarters the entire time. Visitors to the Public Service Building will take self-guided tours of the ornate lobby, corporate conference center and the second-floor, art deco auditorium.

    231 W. Michigan Street
  • Wells Building

    Daniel Wells, who was reported to be the wealthiest man in Wisconsin at the time, completed the Wells Building in 1902. The architect was Henry C Koch, whose works include Milwaukee City Hall, the Pfister Hotel, and the Church of Gesu on the Marquette University campus. One of Milwaukee’s first steel frame high-rise structures, the Wells Building was the world’s largest terra cotta building at the time of its construction.

    324 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Wgema Campus – Wgechda Building

    Now called the Wgema Campus, plans are in place to strategically redevelop the campus. Wgema Campus is currently home to the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation; its subsidiaries Greenfire Management Services and Data Holdings; Milwaukee Police Department; Woodlands East Charter School; FCP Gaming Commission; FCP Legal Department; FCP Foundation and additional tribal offices.

    3135 W Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53208
  • Wisconsin Black Historical Society

    The Wisconsin Black Historical Society documents and preserves the historical heritage of African descent in Wisconsin. The Museum exhibits, collects and disseminates materials depicting this heritage. Serving as a resource center for all people interested in Wisconsin’s rich African American heritage, the Museum’s purpose is to encourage and promote family community and cultural activities. Come and learn about WI’s rich African American history.

    2620 W. Center Street
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion

    A fully functioning music school, this neo-classical revival style mansion, completed in 1904, was home to industrialist Charles L. McIntosh; then linseed oil businessman William Osborne Goodrich prior to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in 1934. Take a guided ‘highlights’ tour, offered every hour on the hour, or explore the building at your leisure with a self-guided tour pamphlet. Live performances will be presented throughout the day by the Conservatory’s students.

    1548 N. Prospect Avenue