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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  • Islamic Society of Milwaukee – University Center

    Since its purchase in April of 2015, this building has served as the primary place of worship for the Muslim community on Milwaukee’s east side. Visitors can observe Muslim prayer, interact with members of the Muslim community, enjoy light refreshments and take a tour of the building.

    2223 E. Kenwood Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53211
  • Jewish Museum Milwaukee

    Explore the history of Jewish Milwaukee through our permanent exhibit; highlights include Golda Meir, the Settlement Cookbook and our wall-sized Chagall tapestry. Tours will be available at 12:30 and 3:00. The Museum permanent exhibit will be free for Doors Open participants.

    1360 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

    Opened in 1926, this facility was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974. World-renowned for pioneering the way in modern wastewater treatment technology, Jones Island was also one of the first facilities in the world to produce a fertilizer as the by-product of the water reclamation process: Milorganite. Capable of treating more than 300 million gallons a day, the facility is owned and governed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and operated and maintained by Veolia Water North America.

    700 E. Jones Street
  • Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge

    Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge is significant as Milwaukee’s most architecturally prominent bridge. There will be 2-3 openings per hour during the event.

    101 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Kilbourntown House / Benjamin Church House

    In 1844, carpenter Benjamin Church built the Kilbourntown House, also known as the Benjamin Church House. The house was saved in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project. A docent will be available to answer questions and share the home’s history, while visitors experience self-guided tours of the site.

    Estabrook Park (near Capitol Drive entrance, east of Humboldt)
  • Kindred

    The Kindred Building was formally Reader’s Choice, Milwaukee’s only black-owned bookstore.For the past 28 years, the store, 1950 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, has promoted the works of African-American writers and has served as a venue for book fairs, community dialogues and events featuring acclaimed authors. Starting in July 2018 the building was given new life and purpose by Developers Melissa Goins and JoAnne Sabir.

    1950 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr
  • King Drive Commons Art Gallery

    Visitors will see a collection of African American and African art including sculpture, paintings, African masks and more. The collection includes work by Milwaukee artists David Anderson, Rosemary Oillison, Darren Reed, and Sylvester Sims.

    2775 N Martin Luther King Jr. Dr
  • Knickerbocker on the Lake

    The grand opening of The Knickerbocker on the Lake occurred in 1933, after four years of construction took place. When first opened, The Knickerbocker provided apartment style accommodations with full kitchens and individual private baths. Today, each condominium is privately owned, leaving hotel guests to intermingle with permanent residents.

    1028 E. Juneau Avenue
  • La Lune Collection

    La Lune Collection, a company that produces designer rustic furniture sold nationally, is housed in original Cream City brick buildings constructed in the early 1900′s by H. Schmidt & Sons. Visitors to La Lune Collection will be treated to a personal guided tour with company co-founder Mario Costantini, which will include information about the building’s history and the company itself.

    930 E. Burleigh Street
  • Lopez Bakery and Restaurant

    Family Business since 1973 specializing in Mexican Bakery and food made from scratch using original old world recipes. Building was formerly Walgreen’s, followed by WE Energies, Bakery opened in 1996.

    1100 w Historic Mitchell st Milwaukee , WI 53204