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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  • Charles Allis Art Museum

    On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains a world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, Asian ceramics and stunning decorative arts. Self-guided tours will expose the visitor to this lavish 1911 Tudor home containing a superb collection of art with many 19th century French and American paintings.

    1801 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

    Originally built as a single family in 1869 for the Daniel Schultz, the style is a common Milwaukee Italiante built out of the area’s famous cream city brick. Air-conditioned indoor exhibits include an ice cream pavilion, grocery store, pharmacy, movie theater and secret speakeasy. Outdoor features include two 1930 vehicles in a garage workshop environment. Also includes a scavenger hunt, working vintage phones, unique movies, sound buttons and more interactive features for all ages. Brat fry, snacks, ice cream, sodas, gift shop & larger garage sale available. Some off-street parking available.

    839 N. 11th Street
  • City Lights Brewing Company

    4 Brothers officially opened a craft brewery in February of 2017 utilizing two of the iconic Milwaukee Gas Light Company campus buildings and re-launched as “The City Lights Brewing Company”. With buildings designed by the famous Alexander Eschweiler, the first steel exported from Pennsylvania by Andrew Carnegie and brickwork hand-glazed by Tiffany; the City Lights buildings will amaze, educate and delight you. Visitors will be able to see the majesty of the restored 115 year old building which has been transitioned into a state-of the art brewery.

    2210 W Mt. Vernon Avenue
  • City of Milwaukee & Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Recycling Education Center

    The City of Milwaukee’s recycling building houses state-of-the-art sorting equipment and serves as a regional single-stream MRF in partnership with Waukesha County. Visitors can see the baling equipment and recyclables from the observation room, while also learning about products made from recyclable materials and the role recycling plays in our sustainable future.

    1401 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • City of St Francis (WI) Civic Center

    The St. Francis Civic Center was opened in October 2014, replacing the old city hall that was built around 1960.

    3400 E. Howard Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53235
  • Coakley Brothers Water Tower Building

    Visitors will learn how the Water Tower was created by it’s artist, Tom Fruin, and brought from Brooklyn to Milwaukee, built in the parking lot and placed on top of the building.

    400 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53204
  • Colby Abbot Building

    The Colby-Abbot Building, located in the heart of East Town, was built in 1885 as the home office of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Using white marble imported from Italy, wide corridors and bay windows, this five-story structure was, and continues to be, a magnificent addition to Milwaukee’s skyline. The sixth story was added at the turn of the century to meet the need for commercial office space in Milwaukee’s growing economy.

    759 N. Milwaukee St
  • Compost Crusader / The Steel Farmer

    Guided tours will talk about some of the equipment used for projects and what it is like to buy and sell functioning fabrication equipment from an era forgotten. You will also see compost trucks, a worm bin, and finished compost from Compost Crusader’s partners at Blue Ribbon Organics in Caldonia.

    1780 E Bolivar Ave, St. Francis, WI, 53207
  • Cream City Clay

    Cream City Clay, Inc. is located in the heart of downtown West Allis on the Corner of 71st and Greenfield Ave., one block from Allis Chambers. Originally clad in cream city brick, the pottery school and studio proudly inhabits a beautiful red brick building constructed in 1904.

    7105 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis
  • Cudahy Train Depot / Cudahy Historical Society

    The railroad built the Depot in 1893, at which time it consisted of men’s and women’s waiting rooms, a telegrapher’s office, and an attic for storage. Visitors to the Cudahy Train Depot and Cudahy Historical Society will experience a trip back in time in the beautiful, fully renovated train depot.

    4647 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue