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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  • Lynden Sculpture Garden

    The former home of Harry and Peg Bradley, the Lynden house and grounds were purchased by the Bradleys in 1927. They retained the Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau to transform the flat farmland, with its small farmhouse and barn, into an English country garden. Artists, docents, and staff will introduce you to their favorite sculptures, the back acres, the pollinator gardens, the bonsai exhibition, the conservation shop, and a variety of behind-the-scenes spots in the house and barn.

    2145 W Brown Deer Rd
  • Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

    Established in 1969, the architecturally award winning Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. Tour Uihlein Hall, Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, Todd Wehr Theater, and public reception and meeting spaces. Learn the history of the center and its occupants, and gain insight into how the center provides a wide variety of entertainment and reception offerings in its multiple venues, including backstage tours when possible.

    929 N. Water Street
  • Marshall Building

    The Marshall Building is a century-old warehouse is now home to 60+ tenants including artists, attorneys, accountants, photographers, advertising agencies, printers, fitness professionals, gallery owners, countless nonprofits, a local newspaper, and a first-floor restaurant and convenience store. Visitors are invited to explore 6 floors of art galleries, artists studios, and other for profit and non-profit organizations, including Milwaukee Potters Guild, Oil, Gallery 207, Timo studio and gallery, Gallery 218, GrayMatter, 9-5, Treat, ACLU of WI, Too Much Metal for One Hand, Portrait Society, Artworks for Milwaukee, just to name a few.

    207 E. Buffalo Street
  • MATC Oak Creek Campus

    MATC’s Oak Creek campus was constructed in the late 1970s, it is a larger building that houses various programs. Events will include demos from some of the following programs/activities: police, fire, EMS, Truck Driving, Automotive, Diesel, Health, manufacturing, welding, HVAC, controls and much more. There will be tours, interactive demos and, weather permitting, outdoor activities including fire truck and/or squad car rides.

    6665 South Howell Avenue
  • Meetinghouse (Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends / Quakers)

    The Meetinghouse of the Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was built in 1984 along the Milwaukee River on land entrusted to us by Anita Koenen. The original design by Willis and Lilian Leenhouts, modified for affordability by Charles Yoder, was expanded in 2000 by Autumn Blakely.

    3224 N. Gordon Place
  • Miller High Life Theatre

    Welcome to the Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee’s most historic entertainment venue. Inside you will find stories of our history and the performers that have come through, complete with photos! Join us on a tour through the past and get a look at our Grand Rotunda, Kilbourn and Plankinton Halls, then finish up with a photo on our main stage!

    500 W. Kilbourn Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Milwaukee Art Museum

    The graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The structure incorporates both cutting-edge technology and old-world craftsmanship. Take a docent-led tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum/Milwaukee County War Memorial Center campus featuring the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion and the Eero Saarinen-designed War Memorial. Tours leave from the main entrance of the Milwaukee Art Museum on the hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018.

    700 N. Art Museum Drive
  • Milwaukee Blacksmith

    The current home of Milwaukee Blacksmith was formerly the Navy building at Nordberg. Nordberg was founded by Bruno V. Nordberg and Jacob Elias Friend in 1886 in Milwaukee. Visitors will step back in time entering our shop. We have several blacksmiths working throughout the day to give you a taste of what it takes to hand hammer and utilize tools of the past to create ironwork.

    140 W Oklahoma Ave
  • Milwaukee Brewing Company 2nd St. Brewery

    Tours at the 2nd St. Brewery focus on our passion for crafting and creating beers using the best local ingredients and suppliers in a sustainable, creative and innovative environment. The tour is “Beer in Hand.”

    613 South 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53204
  • Milwaukee Brewing Company 9th St. Brewery

    Tours at the 9th St. Brewery will focus on the history of Milwaukee Brewing and the previously Pabst owned building they are operating in.

    1128 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI, 53233