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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  • Grove Gallery in the Lamers Building

    Designated as a “Walker’s Point Building of Architectural Interest”, the building has been home to a shoe store, an appliance retailer and repair shop, a Yugoslavian publisher, an artificial limb retailer, and several times a gallery.

    832 S. 5th St
  • Havenwoods State Forest & Environmental Awareness Center

    Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin’s only urban state forest, and also incorporates an Environment Awareness Center. Visitors will have a chance to join a naturalist on a 45-minute hike through the forest, meet some Wisconsin reptiles and amphibians close-up, view a Powerpoint program, participate in a geocaching adventure featuring the park’s history, or use a GPS unit to explore the forest on your own!

    6141 N. Hopkins Street (one block west of Sherman Blvd. on Douglas Ave.)
  • Historic Garfield Apartments

    Built in 1887, Historic Garfield Apartments offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment homes in the recently restored Historic Garfield School which was built in 1887. Located in the established Halyard Park Neighborhood and the Bronzeville Commercial District, Historic Garfield Apartments maintains the notable charm that was once Historic Garfield School.

    2215 N 4th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
  • Hyatt Regency Milwaukee / VUE

    Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is a 21 story atrium-style hotel in the heart of the entertainment district. Not only do we have VUE, the highest ballroom in the city, but we also have our Regency Ballroom, which is the largest downtown ballroom without pillars or obstructing views. Formerly known as ‘Polaris’, VUE is Hyatt Regency Milwaukee’s premier private event space. This area is not open to the public, so now is your only chance to come hang out on the top of the Hyatt.

    333 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church

    Milwaukee’s first congregation, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, marks its 180th anniversary this year. The current church building was built in 1875 and designed by famed Milwaukee architect Edward Townsend Mix in the “High Victorian Gothic” style. Doors Open Milwaukee visitors will be welcomed by the ministers and members of this warm and engaging congregation, and may take part in guided or self-guided tours of the space.

    1100 N. Astor Street
  • Inspiration Studios

    Built in 1930 as Schubal & Slattery Funeral Home, this beautiful brick structure has rare characteristics reminiscent of a miniature castle. With the help of over 100 volunteers, Inspiration Studios opened its doors in the heart of West Allis, housing an art gallery, community theatre, and writing lab. Visitors will experience a first hand look at the workings behind Erico’s Gallery, the Village Playhouse, and Christi Craig’s Writing Studio through both guided and self guided tours.

    1500 S. 73rd Street
  • Irish Cultural and Heritage Center / Grand Avenue Congregational Church

    The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is located in the former Grand Avenue Congregational Church building. The Richardsonian Romanesque building, designed by Edward Townsend Mix, was completed in 1887. Visitors may attend guided tours, which will be provided by ICHC guides.

    2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Iron Horse Hotel

    The Iron Horse Hotel is the transformation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a one-of-a-kind Milwaukee hotel that delivers an authentic Milwaukee experience.

    500 W. Florida Street
  • Islamic Resource Center / Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition

    The IRC is a very unique center, that welcomes anyone and everyone, providing resources like a lending library, cultural center, cafe, community computers, bookstore, board room and lecture hall for meetings and events. The MMWC provides resources and educational materials to groups that seek information and tools to promote understanding through their presence at the Islamic Resource Center.

    5235 S. 27th Street
  • Islamic Society of Milwaukee

    The Islamic Society of Milwaukee is the largest Islamic facility in Wisconsin. See how this former public school was expanded to accommodate our community’s Muslim population. Visit a Muslim prayer hall and learn about the features that are found in every mosque.

    4707 S. 13th Street