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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  • WMSE Studios at MSOE

    Originally a 1920s automobile tire retailer, this red brick/concrete building is now home to 3,200 watt public radio station WMSE, owned and operated by MSOE. Tour the WMSE studios, meet some of the volunteer DJs, and be awed by the station’s music library.

    820 N. Milwaukee Street
  • YMCA Downtown Metropolitan Milwaukee

    The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has had a presence in downtown Milwaukee since beginning operations over 150 years ago. The current location of the Downtown YMCA opened in 1998 in the historic John Plankinton Building (which also houses the Shops of Grand Avenue). The Downtown YMCA will offer information on YMCA membership and programs. Group Exercise demonstrations will be available and will feature TRX and Functional training.

    161 w. Wisconsin Avenue Ste. 4000 Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc.

    Originally built in 1903, this building first housed the West Side Works for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company and is now home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Visitors to the site will see historical displays and design work from the 110 year history of Zimmerman Architectural Studios, one of the oldest and most successful architectural firms in Wisconsin. Come see the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Coolest Office for 2018!

    2122 W. Mount Vernon Avenue