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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  • Fortress

    Originally built in 1892, Fortress has seen several additions in the years leading up to 1912. The result is a distinct, red brick building with unique architectural flourishes and a tower that’s reminiscent of a medieval fortress. Throughout your tour you’ll see exposed brick walls, open heavy-timber ceilings, restored windows, raw concrete pillars, pulleys used to power machinery, refurbished wood flooring, original fire-rated steel doors, and various other historic elements given new life or returned to their former glory.

    1726 N. 1st Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
  • Gathering Place Brewing Company

    Visit our brewery and taproom to learn how we got started and to sample fresh local beer. Located in the same building as Flux Design, the tour will include both the workshop and brewery.

    811 E. Vienna Ave.
  • Gee’s Clippers

    Gee’s Clippers, an iconic Milwaukee barbershop, recently reloacted to this former bank building on at Martin Luther King and Garfield which dates back to 1930. Gee’s Clippers has been the barber shop for many of the Milwaukee Bucks players for the past 19 years. View sports memorabelia and hear stories from owner Gaulien “Gee” Smith.

    2200 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr
  • Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center

    The grand staircase and the creaky wooden floors of the Goldmann’s Department Store were a source of warm familiarity for generations of Milwaukeeans on the city’s South Side until the department store closed about a decade ago. Now restored, the staircase leads to another community treasure: the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center. The building at 930 W. Historic Mitchell Street, once home to the all-inclusive department store, now houses the all-inclusive community health center, which moved from its former location a block west.

    930 W. Historic Mitchell Street Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Germania Historic Apartments

    Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a complete renovation of an 1896 printing/office building. Guided tours will include the historical exterior components, lobby, commercial space, club room and at least one apartment.

    135 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
  • Global Water Center

    The Global Water Center (GWC) is a 98,000 square foot, seven-story refurbishment of a century-old brick and timber warehouse into a first-class office and research space. Visitors to the GWC can participate in self-guided tours of the first-floor exhibit space, and see various lab spaces.

    247 W. Freshwater Way
  • Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage

    The Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage building was built in the late 80’s. Owned by Glorious Malone until 2007, it is now owned by her daughter, Daphne Jones. Visitors will hear the Malone Story and it’s products. There will also be a guided tours.

    300 W. Walnut Street
  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

    Walk into Grace Lutheran Church and become immersed in the warm beauty of this richly-appointed sanctuary. See the bold colors in our art glass windows depicting Biblical events. View and learn about our historic pulpit with its schaldeckel and our baldacchino-enshrouded altar. Hear our 3-manual pipe organ. Learn about German Lutheranism’s history in Milwaukee and its ongoing meaning today. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will welcome you, answer your questions, supply interesting historical background, explain the congregation’s current status and activities, and summarize our beliefs for you.

    1209 N. Broadway
  • Grain Exchange Room at the Mackie Building

    The three-story Grain Exchange Room (trading room) is the awesome showcase of the interior of the Mackie Building. Flanked by murals, marble columns, and gold leaf, the new trading room when built was replacing what may have been the first trading pit in the world. The vast trading room stretches to roughly 10,000 square feet, with colossal columns dividing the room into three sections. At the center, a skylight surrounded by frescos of wheat sheave medallions and Wisconsin wild flowers caps the room.

    225 E. Michigan Street
  • Great Lakes Distillery

    Originally buildings belonging to the Pfister-Vogel tannery, Great Lakes Distillery (GLD) took over the site to make spirits in 2008.
    On Saturday, there will be tours at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm that will each last about 30 minutes, A $10 tasting flight follows for those who are interested. On Sunday, 30 minute tours are at 1, 3, and 5 pm, with a $10 tasting flight following for those who are interested. There will also be informal, guided tours throughout both days.

    616 W. Virginia Street