List of Buildings


Sat. & Sun. Sept. 20 & 21      10am – 5pm

Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. No tickets necessary. Visits to any of the buildings and sites below are free of charge. Free guided tours are often available. Many buildings and sites will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event. Others have restricted hours. Look for the DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE banner near the building entrances on September 20th and 21st, 2014. Note: Like all sites, museums are free, unless otherwise described.
This list will be updated monthly until the event, so be sure to check back periodically for new additions.

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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

  • Address: 220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Originally built in 1952 as a manufacturing building for J.C. Busch Company, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s new home features a 2,500 Sf green roof, new studios equipped with the latest technology; sound-proof recording studios for broadcasting, recording and production; a 100-seat performance studio for live performances and events and more. Visitors will be treated to a "behind the scenes" tour of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's new home in the Walkers Point neighborhood of Milwaukee. The tour will start in the Community Room and end on the Green Roof with unique views of the Hoan Bridge, Marcus Amphitheater, Walkers Point and Downtown Milwaukee. Learn More...

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Ambassador Hotel

  • Address: 2308 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

A shining example of true Art Deco style, the Ambassador Hotel provides an urban oasis near the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Discover a remarkable blend of modern amenities and 1920s Art Deco design. From the original marble floors and bronze elevator doors to the ornate plasterwork, every detail of the Ambassador Hotel is a testament to the bold beauty of Art Deco. Guests will receive guided tours each hour at the top of the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4pm. Tours will include public areas of the hotel, as well as guest room accommodations offered at the Ambassador. Learn about the unique history of the ambassador and see the original Art Deco details throughout the property. Learn More...


Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (Walker’s Point Roastery)

  • Address: 224 W. Bruce Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm

This Bruce Street cafe in Walker's Point is a refurbished warehouse space offering cream city brick, exposed wooden beams, natural wood harvest tables, a raised stage, and a reclaimed 40 foot old-world bar. The building retains it's original Walker's Point charm with refinished original wood floors, a mural in the employee break room and a mural on the 3rd Street exterior. New windows allow for ample natural light within the cafe space and original windows in the warehouse space allow for an open and visually pleasing work environment. Visitors will not only be able to admire the remodeling and preservation of the warehouse, but will also be given a glimpse into Anodyne's roasting and production spaces. The basement houses Anodyne's green coffee and storage for both retail and wholesale materials. Learn More...

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Basilica of St. Josaphat

  • Address: 2333 S. 6th Street
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN Sun 1pm-5pm

The Basilica stands alone. The year was 1896. Polish immigrants were pouring into the southside of Milwaukee. Parishioners numbered more than 12,000. Rev. Wilhelm Grutza had a vision – build a grand church, one the community would be proud of, would honor the Polish heritage and be a destination by people from around the world. Visitors to the Basilica will experience inspiration beyond their imaginations. A chance to step back to a time and learn how the energy and passion of our founding brothers and sisters erected an “ignored wonder of the world.” Docents will tell the captivating story of faith, sacrifice and triumph that is the Basilica’s history. Learn More...


Beulah Brinton House PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: (home of Bay View Historical Society) 2590 S. Superior Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-12noon family tour, 1pm-4pm general public and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The historic Beulah Brinton House was built in 1872 and retains much of its original Victorian Gothic detailing on the exterior and fixtures and furnishings on the interior. The Beulah Brinton House is significant in two important ways. First, it was the home of Milwaukee’s most influential female leader. Beulah Brinton championed workers rights causes that have become commonplace, and her influence was felt nationally. Secondly, it represents one of the finest examples of simple but impressive Victorian Gothic wood architecture. Its excellent condition for its age positions it as an important and truly authentic artifact of a delicate architectural style as well as the domicile of an important female activist. Visitors will have the opportunity of a guided tour by experienced members who will share the history of the historic home as well as the founding family who helped to develop Bay View as a community. Saturday morning tours (10am-12noon) are geared toward children and their families. Saturday & Sunday afternoon tours will be for the general public. Learn More...

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Blue Dress Park

  • Address: SW corner of N. Holton St. and Reservoir St. (just north of the Holton St. bridge)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Blue Dress Park is a triangular concrete slab notable and impressive for what we can imagine happening there. The park is located at the boundaries of Brewers Hill, Riverwest, and the northern end of downtown. The Friends of Blue Dress Park have organized the second annual Blue Dress Cup competition — a series of Olympic-style events designed to determine the Best Artist in Milwaukee. Competitors will be chosen through an open application process and pitted against one another in different competitions which each measure a specific artist skill. A panel of esteemed judges will be present to evaluate the competitors’ performance and choose the winner. Learn More...

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BMO Harris Bradley Center PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1001 N. 4th Street — Potawatomi Gate
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

One of the top favorite stops during the Doors Open Milwaukee! Get the ‘back of house,’ behind the scenes tour of the Milwaukee Bucks team locker room, building operations, Premium Suite, Club and Theater Box spaces. See the arena from the camera’s vantage point from the Video suite. Visit the Star dressing rooms and view performer memorabilia. Learn how hockey ice is made. Bring your camera for photo ops up-close and personal with the 31’x33’ Scoreboard, and climb aboard the Zamboni! Learn More...

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Brass Light Gallery

  • Address: 1101 W. St Paul Avenue
  • Hours: Sat and Sun 10am-5pm

Visitors will be led on tours of both buildings. In the "Hilty" building guests will discover a building within a building. In the "Cutler-Hammer" building guests will tour Brass Light Gallery's manufacturing operation on the first floor, where they fabricate, plate, metal finish and assemble light fixtures sold nationally. On the second floor, guests will tour Brass Light Gallery’s showroom of new classics handmade in the USA light fixtures, and showroom of one-of-a-kind fully restored vintage original lighting. After the tour, guests will be invited to stroll the vast repository of salvaged vintage architectural lighting and lighting components sourced from around the globe. The collection of vintage and antique lighting is the largest known and is beyond imagination. Learn More...

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Brenner Brewing Company

  • Address: 706 S. 5th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1980, this cinder block parking garage is an excellent example of post modern, industrial minimalism. It is currently in the process of being converted from a parking garage into Brenner Brewing Company, Milwaukee's newest brewery. Come down and get a personal tour of this work in progress from Owner/Brewmaster, Mike Brenner. Learn More...

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Brewhouse Inn & Suites

  • Address: 1215 N. 10th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-1pm and Sunday 12-4pm

Brewhouse Inn & Suites is a 90-suite hotel with full-service restaurant and bar. Guest rooms vary in size — from 350 square feet to over 1,000 square feet. All suites include kitchen facilities with refrigerator, electric cooktop, microwave and dishwasher. Learn More...

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Bridging the Gap Learning Center PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1017 N 17th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Bridging the Gap Learning Center, Inc. (BTG) was founded in 1992 by Robert A. Byrd, Jr., a former basketball player for Marquette University’s 1977 NCAA Championship Team. BTG encompasses an entire city block, and has a netted hitting area with room for 14 golfers, and a 600-square-foot professional putting green. There is also a clubhouse with additional swinging and putting space, as well as room for teaching students the finer points of golf. Visitors will get to see the first of its kind Golf Learning Center, and the full range of educational, developmental and training programs and services offered. Learn More...

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Calvary Cemetery Chapel

  • Address: 5503 W. Blue Mound Road
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Designed by Erhard Brielmaier, the Cream City Brick, Romanesque chapel, built in 1899 on one of Milwaukee's highest elevations, was intended for services, prayer, private contemplation, and also as a mausoleum for clergy. Visitors will experience a spectacular view of Milwaukee and Miller Stadium from atop the hill. After viewing the chapel's exterior, visitors may browse the upper chapel and lower mausoleum. Chapel representatives will be available to answer questions. For a more in-depth experience, two guided tours will be given; one on each day of Open Doors. Unused and locked-tight for almost half a century, the chapel, presently being restored by Friends of Calvary Cemetery, offers a rare and unique experience to the visitor. Learn More...


Cardinal Stritch University City Center

  • Address: 1037 W McKinley Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Stritch City Center is a 24,000 square foot facility located in The Brewery Project in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to I-43. The Center opened in 2000 and established a major presence for the University in the heart of the Milwaukee urban environment, Stritch occupies building #14 which once served as a laboratory for the former Pabst Brewing Company. Upon entering the building, visitors will find three floors of state-of-the-art classrooms which serve as home to many of Stritch's College of Education and Leadership programs. The City Center also houses one of five of the Stritch Literacy Centers which provide comprehensive literacy intervention and assessment for students in grades K-12 throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Learn More...

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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

  • Address: 812 N. Jackson Street
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sun 12-5pm

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, a Milwaukee landmark and part of the National Register of Historic Places, has been the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 160 years. With its cornerstone laid in 1847 by 1853, the building was consecrated to the service of the Roman Catholic church and named for St. John the Evangelist — patron of the first Milwaukee bishop, John Martin Henni. Docents will be present for guided tours of the Cathedral highlighting the religious, historic and artistic significance of this beautiful sacred building. Visitors can visit the Cathedral Treasury housing a collection of historic artifacts and works of art from the Cathedral's past. Specific works of art will be highlighted and visitors will be allowed to climb a flight stairs and visit the Northeast gallery of the Cathedral - for a seldom seen view of the interior. Learn More...

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Central Library

  • Address: 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue (accessible entry at 813 N. 8th St.)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library opened in 1898 as a shared space with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Ferry and Clas Architects won the design competition and built a new-Renaissance style U-shaped building. The most recent added feature to the buildings exterior is a green roof with solar panels. Visitors to the Central Library will have a variety of quick ten minute tours of areas normally hidden to the public, as well as self guided tour opportunities. Tours will be provided every quarter hour for the Dome, the Old Board Room, the 4th Floor, the third basement below grade, the green roof, the book shelving process and, new this year, the Centennial Hall complex with an entrance off of 8th Street. Self-guided tours will be available for the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, the Chinese Room and the Children's Room. The Dome tour is not handicapped accessible, all others are. Learn More...


Century City Tower

  • Address: 4201 N. 27th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Constructed in the mid-1960s as the state-of-the-art headquarters for Cutler-Hammer Manufacturing, Century City Tower maintains the "Mad Men" vibe of the 60s. Visitors to Century City Tower will have the opportunity to peek at the building’s fully functional power and controls technology lab equipment and hear about the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s plans to create its Energy Innovation Center. Experience the 7th floor suite, including the Edmund Fitzgerald conference room, where yesterday’s titans strategized and today’s community development innovators plan the neighborhood’s future. Browse the first floor art gallery to glimpse artwork by Milwaukee’s next generation of emerging artists. Guided tours will be available – be a part of the community’s reemergence! Learn More...

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Charles Allis Art Museum

  • Address: 1801 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler and on the National Register of Historic Places, this Tudor home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains a world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes 19th Century French and American paintings, Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, Asian ceramics and decorative arts. Charles Allis was the first president of the Allis-Chalmers Co. 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. Learn More...

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Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

  • Address: 839 N. 11th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

The building was built in 1869 as a single family residence for Daniel Schultz. In 1966, Avrum M. Chudnow purchased building for his law and property management offices, and began moving his collection of Americana into the home. Chudnow Museum opened in August 2012. Visitors will take a self-guided walk through two floors of rooms that have been turned into Milwaukee shops and locations from the 1920s through the early 1940s. Each historically recreated room will feature items collected by Avrum M. Chudnow that place the visitor in this era of dramatic change in the United States. Many of the rooms have sound effects such as narration, radio ads, and music from this dynamic time. There is even a movie theatre on the second floor that features several short clips. Learn More...


City of Milwaukee Safety Academy (Police Academy) PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 6680 N. Teutonia Ave (parking in rear)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Safety Academy, which houses the Milwaukee Police and Fire training academies, houses a full-sized gymnasium, workout facilities, tavern, apartment, and street scenes for investigative training, an indoor firearms range, and a combustible tower in back for training fire recruits. The old Catholic school chapel has become a conference room that doubles as a mock courtroom for police recruit training. Visitors will learn about basic police training and continuing education for existing officers, while viewing historical displays and artifacts of our 154-years of tradition. In addition, the first floor contains a police/fire memorial where visitors can take photographs, and a wall remembering Milwaukee police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Learn More...

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Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 800 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 9am-5:30pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm Free planetarium shows (please check listing for details)

The Dome Theater, which opened in 1996, features a six-story-tall screen – a screen so big that it can project a life-size whale. In 2013, the theater was equipped with 3D projectors, taking the viewer to a new dimension! The Milwaukee Public Museum will be showing FREE Planetarium shows daily at the Dome Theater for Doors Open Milwaukee participants. Shows will run at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday , and 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shows include “The Little Star That Could,” “Cosmic Colors,” and “Black Holes.” Tickets will be distributed September 20 and 21 on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission charges do apply for the rest of the museum. Learn More...

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David Barnett Gallery

  • Address: 1024 E. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Housed in one of the city's finest Victorian Italianate homes from 1875, the Barnett Gallery contains over 6,000 works of art. Learn about the building and the broadest range of for-sale art available in any Wisconsin gallery. Gallery representatives will be on hand to tell you about the house and the collection. Panoramic views of the city and lake from the rooftop deck are available by appointment for a fee. Please call the gallery at 414-271-5058 or e-mail with the number of people in your group, date and time requested. A percentage of the fee will be donated to Historic Milwaukee. Learn More...

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Educators Credit Union

  • Address: 2243 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Prospect Avenue branch of Educators Credit Union opened in September 2009. The architect, Ken Dahlin — president of Genesis Architecture, constructed the building using as much “green” material as possible. It has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects for excellence in design. One of the building’s highlights includes the soaring three-story lobby. The design of the building combines a layering of brick, concrete and aluminum on the outside with wood detailing inside, in keeping with the Prairie style influence at all Educators branches. The tour will also include the rooftop garden, normally not open to the public. Learn More...

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Evan & Marion Helfaer Community Service Building (Jewish Museum Milwaukee)

  • Address: 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

Through interactive displays, the museum conveys the history of Milwaukee’s Jewish community in a way that emphasizes the American values of tolerance, respect, freedom and celebration of diversity. Visitors will experience the journey to America, the struggles of building a new life, the chilling facts of the Holocaust and the growth of a vibrant culture an community. They will also be able to visit an original, newly opened exhibition, "Stitching History from the Holocaust: The Life of Hedvika Strnad." Docent tours will be available for this truly unique exhibition at Noon and 3pm. Learn More...

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Federal Courthouse

  • Address: 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday NOT OPEN

The Federal Courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. Constructed during the 1890s, additions were made in the 1920s and 1940s. A major renovation in the 1990s highlights elements of the architectural style. Tours will be offered of both the exterior and interior. Learn More...

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First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

  • Address: 1342 N. Astor Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12-3pm

The church was designed for the Unitarian congregation in 1892 by architects George Ferry and Alfred Clas. View the Chanticleer on the steeple, as well as the carved sculptures adorning the entrance. Enter the English Gothic-style sanctuary from the Perpendicular Period and be surrounded by the golden glow of stained glass windows. View the wooden hammer beam arches and uniquely carved stone corbels. Also on the tour is the Leenhouts Common Room, which displays new local art on a monthly basis. Learn More...

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Forest Home Cemetery

  • Address: 24th & Forest Home Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12- 4pm

1892 Landmark Chapel designed by Ferry & Clas (Pabst Mansion & the Central Library)in a graceful English Gothic structure of Lake Superior sandstone with an interior of enameled brick, extensive oak millwork, and a pair of glass conservatories on either side of the main worship space. The conservatories are filled with decorative palms and other tropical plants. The Crematory below the chapel includes a chapel elevator that would carry a coffin from the sanctuary to a vault room and marble walled waiting area and the twin crematory retort entry ways. The Historic office building vaults will be open to enter and view large cemetery record books of 1850′s including the signatures of Milwaukee’s most famous names and cemetery benefactors. Learn More...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Home Model B-1

  • Address: 2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

The Frank Lloyd Wright designed American System-Built Home Model B-1 is the first home purchased for restoration by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin and the only surviving example of this design. In 2008/09 through the assistance of a Save America's Treasures grant through the National Park Service and numerous matching grants from private individuals and foundations, the home was restored to its original 1916 appearance. The Model B-1 is intended to remain a house museum, and symbolizes a challenge to the design and construction communities to create beautiful, affordable space that not only provides shelter but allows their occupants and visitors to feel more alive and appreciative of the world around them. Learn More...

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Gas Light Building

  • Address: 626 East Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Constructed in 1929, the Gas Light Building is a 20 floor Art Deco building designed by architects Eschweiler & Eschweiler. The exterior of the building consists of granite and brick and graduates in color from dark to light. The interior features intricate bronze metal work and green colored marble. Known for its flame on top, the Gas Light Building was used as a navigational tool by ships traveling along Lake Michigan, but is most recognized as a featured icon in weather forecasts. Step inside this Milwaukee icon and see the beautiful terrazzo floors, decorative bronze metal work and marble wainscoting. Guided tours of the 17th floor will provide stunning views of Lake Michigan and surrounding downtown scenery. Learn More...

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Global Water Center

  • Address: 247 W. Freshwater Way
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday NOT OPEN

The Global Water Center 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 can participate in guided tours, or just check out the first floor exhibit space. As one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of Walker’s Point, see breath-taking vistas of the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee’s downtown. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lab space and see where some of the brightest minds in water-technology are making groundbreaking new discoveries that have turned Milwaukee into the “Silicon Valley of Water.” Learn More...

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 1209 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

The founding church of the Wisconsin Synod, Grace began in 1849. The original structure was replaced by the existing building in 1901, designed by architect Armin Koch. It was crafted in orange brick in a more “modern” German Gothic style, with a nearly complete terra cotta front porch and terra cotta trim around the building. Step back in time as you enter Grace Lutheran Church. Explore the timeless beauty of Grace’s German heritage as seen through its unique architectural elements. Marvel at all of the newly-renovated large art glass windows, a project completed just last year. Knowledgeable guides will be available to answer your questions and share fascinating stories about the history of the church, while musicians and organists entertain. Learn More...

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Great Lakes Distillery

  • Address: 616 W. Virginia Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-8pm

Originally buildings belonging to the Pfister-Vogel tannery, Great Lakes Distillery (GLD) took over the site to make spirits in 2008. GLD is a small craft distiller that makes vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, fruit brandies, absinthe and other seasonal spirits. At this location, you will see the still fermenting tanks, bottling area, bar, tasting area and retail space. On Saturday, there will be tours at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm that last about 30 minutes, with $7 tasting flights following for those interested. On Sunday the tours are at 1, 3 and 5pm, with $7 tasting flights following for those interested. There will also be informal, guided tours throughout both days. Learn More...

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Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 6141 N. Hopkins Street (one block west of Sherman Blvd. on Douglas Ave.)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sun NOT OPEN

Welcome to Wisconsin’s only urban state forest! The land is the story here. In 140 years it transformed from immigrant farms, to House of Correction, to US Army facility, and to a 237-acre state forest. Families, join a naturalist on a hike looking for signs of wildlife. 45 minutes, 11am, 1pm, 3pm. Drop in any time to meet some Wisconsin reptiles and amphibians close-up or to do some wildlife crafts. Adults and older kids, discover Havenwoods’ fascinating past in a Powerpoint program. 30 minutes, 12:30 and 2pm. People of all ages can go on a geocaching adventure of the park’s history. Stop in the center to get a guide booklet and a GPS unit and explore on your own. Learn More...


Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

  • Address: 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (commonly referred to as the "Zelazo Center") is a state-of-the art venue for events ranging from the most intimate meeting to the grandest wedding. Originally used as a synagogue by Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun since 1922, the building boasts a grand entrance, two elaborate stained glass displays, as well as exquisite molding, arches, and decorative elements. The Zelazo Center includes the 758-seat Helen Bader Concert Hall, two conference facilities, six new warm-up/practice spaces and two dining and/or ballrooms. The space includes a molded parabolic dome and is flanked by twelve 20-foot transept stained glass windows designed by the Congregation’s Rabbi Joseph El L. Baron. The building will be open to the public to explore. There will most likely be open rehearsals going on in the concert hall. Learn More...

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Historic Germania

  • Address: 135 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

When this 1896 Beaux Arts/ Classical Revival building was built, it was the largest office building in Milwaukee. It is also the home of Milwaukee's first underground parking lot. Today, it is one of the more distinctive office buildings downtown with it's pickelhaube copper domes. Visitors will able to visit the marble foyer as well as Milwaukee’s first underground parking structure. Learn More...

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Historic Turner Hall

  • Address: 1034 N. 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday 11am-3pm

Historic Turner Hall has been a Milwaukee landmark since its inauguration in 1883. The headquarters of the Milwaukee Turners, one of the city's oldest civic organizations, Turner Hall is among the finest remaining examples of a grand building constructed of "cream city brick." The architect, Henry Koch, was also architect of Milwaukee's City Hall and Pfister Hall. See the striking ballroom with its unusual, slanted stage and the nation's most historic, continuously operating gymnasium. Visit the beautifully restored Turner Restaurant and learn how to decode the symbols hidden within the Turners’ historic panorama paintings, stained glass windows, photographs, and other treasures of Milwaukee’s rich German-American heritage. Learn More...

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Hotel Metro

  • Address: 411 E. Mason Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Time stands still on the corner of Milwaukee and Mason Streets. Walk through the doors of Hotel Metro and return to an era where the spirit of hospitality thrived. A hotel where the mood is full of charm and character. Where luxury has been achieved through attention to detail and courteous, unobtrusive service. The hotel is located in a historic neighborhood and was designed by Eschweiler & Eschweiler to complement and stand out in the neighborhood while offering stylish and trendy options for the time period. Locally, the Art Deco movement was at its peak and the architecture of the building reflects that via the high ceilings and curvature found throughout the building. It was built as an office building in 1937 and was the first to have central air conditioning throughout. Learn More...

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Irish Cultural and Heritage Center/Grand Avenue Congregational Church

  • Address: 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

Take a guided tour of the 1887 Grand Avenue Congregational Church buildings that the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center moved to in 1996. Visit performance spaces and The Irish Emigration Library run by the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin. Learn More...


Islamic Society of Milwaukee

  • Address: 4707 South 13th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Islamic Society of Milwaukee is the largest Islamic facility in Wisconsin. See how the former New Roads 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. Learn about the different styles of Islamic calligraphy and discover why Islamic art often focuses on the abstract. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the building and have their questions answered by a member of the community. You may also have your name written in Arabic calligraphy! Learn More...


Jewish Home and Care Center

  • Address: 1414 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Jewish Home and Care Center moved to this, its third location, in 1973. It was last renovated in 2007, with resident-centered care in mind. Everything was done with an eye towards making it comfortable and pleasing for the people who live here. The Jewish Home is a place where people come to live. The […] Learn More...

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Jodi Peck Center / Home of the Milwaukee Ballet

  • Address: 504 W. National Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built by the Schlitz Brewing Company to complement its famous Schlitz Palm Garden, the building was originally the Tivoli Palm Garden. In the late 1980s, fire struck the home of Milwaukee Ballet. Though the building was almost completely destroyed by fire, the Carley Development Corporation restored the building to appear as it did in the 1800s as Tivoli Palm Garden, a popular beer garden operated by Schlitz. Today, the studio is well-equipped with four dance studios, a full costume shop, storage for more than 3,000 costumes, and administrative offices. Visitors to the home of Milwaukee Ballet will see the studio spaces where Milwaukee Ballet dancers rehearse and perfect their artistry before they appear on the stages of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Pabst Theater. Visitors will also peek into the costume shop, where thousands of costumes have been created and maintained and where costumes for "The Nutcracker" are stored and cared for. Learn More...


Kenilworth Square

  • Address: 1915 E Kenilworth Place
  • Hours: Saturda and Sunday 10am-5pm

Occupying a building originally built in 1914 as a Ford Model T plant, the renovated Kenilworth Square Apartments opened in 2006, offering truly unique living options on Milwaukee's Eastside for UWM upper-level students and staff. Visitors will be able to tour a variety of apartments within the building, led by UWM University Housing Tour Guides. (approximate time: 20 minutes). Because the building is an active residence for current students, visitors are required to be escorted by a tour guide. Learn More...

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Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge

  • Address: 101 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge is significant as Milwaukee’s most architecturally prominent bridge. In Milwaukee’s past, economy and utility had been paramount in bridge design until the administration of Mayor David Rose, the first official known to make a plea for bridge aesthetics. The Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge was constructed in 1929 to serve as a visual link in the newly adopted Civic Center plan, bridging the way between the Old World character of City Hall and the new Classical Revival Courthouse. See how a bridge works from the bridge operator's perspective. There will be 2-3 openings per hour during the event. Learn More...


King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church

  • Address: 2375 North 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church is a Highly Victorian Gothic, Cream City brick building, inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of Europe. The church is most heavily represented in ecclesiastical works with the soaring towers, "The Way to Heaven." Ornate stained glass windows, and paintings depict symbols of Christianity, such as a fish, bread, a cross, or a lamb — teaching parables from the Bible, or specific events/miracles from Jesus life. In the Middle ages, these decorations come to be known as a ‘Poor Man's Bible.’ Visitors will receive a brochure with information to take a self-guided tour through King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church’s architecture, history and worship times — or take a brief guided tour, and enjoy refreshments with members of the congregation. Guided tours are at designated times (Sat 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30). Learn More...

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La Lune Collection

  • Address: 930 E. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturda 10am-3:30pm Sun NOT OPEN

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. Participants will be welcomed at the entrance of La Lune Collection’s offices at 930 E. Burleigh Street, where they will be taken on a personal tour of the administrative and factory facilities. Learn More...

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Lakefront Brewery

  • Address: 1872 N. Commerce Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am -5pm and Sunday 11:30am - 4:30pm

Built in 1908, this multi-story, cream city brick industrial building does not have a particular architectural style. It does however, feature modest brick pilasters, brickwork corbel tables and a mixture of segmental-arched and regular window openings throughout the structure. The building originally served as a coal powered power plant for The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company. Visitors will be able to see the beautiful light fixtures that hung in the Plankinton Hotel as well as the original Bernie Brewer Chalet and Mug of Beer from County Stadium. Learn More...


Marian Center (formerly St. Mary’s Academy)

  • Address: 3195 S. Superior Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm

Marian Center’s Loretto Hall was constructed in 1904 as St. Mary's Academy (SMA), a high school for women. Rosary Hall was added in 1931 to develop St. Clare College, which was the predecessor of Cardinal Stritch University. These buildings are Milwaukee County and Wisconsin historic landmarks. Visitors will enjoy self-guided tours starting from Loretto Hall (no elevator) or Rosary Hall (elevator). Learn More...

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Marine Terminal Building

  • Address: 333 E. Erie Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm and Sunda NOT OPEN

The Marine Terminal Building is a 450-foot long waterfront building situated along the banks of the Milwaukee River. The building, designed by Albert Hecht and constructed in 1918, is located in the Historic Third Ward District as a contributing building on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly a warehouse used to connect maritime shipping with ground transportation, the building has found new life renovated into 83 units of housing with ground floor commercial and underground parking. It has also contributed to the ongoing revitalization of the Third Ward. Learn More...

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Marquette University / St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • Address: Located behind the Memorial Library - 1335 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm

St. Joan of Arc Chapel likes to think of itself as being the oldest building in the western hemisphere that is still used for its intended purpose. The exact construction date is not known, but it is believed to have begun in the late 14th or early 15th century and completed over a period of years. The chapel was originally in the little village of Chasse near the city of Lyon in southeastern France. Twenty-minute tours of the interior will be given throughout the event, and will be available to visitors upon request. Chapel guides will be available to answer any questions for those who wish to experience the chapel on their own. Learn More...

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Marquette University Law School / Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall

  • Address: 1215 W. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm

Facing the Marquette Interchange, this 2010 exterior’s facade is bold and dramatic. The interior is conducive to a sense of community. 20-30 minute guided tours will explore the library, reading room, trial courtroom and other areas. Guided tours will be offered at 11am, noon, 1pm, and 2pm on Saturday. Guided tours will be offered at noon, 1pm, and 2pm on Sunday. Learn More...

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Marshall Building

  • Address: 207 E. Buffalo Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1906-07, the Marshall Building was a test project for Claude A.P. Turner's pioneering construction method. Otherwise known as the Turner System or the Spiral Mushroom System, it used flat-slab concrete floors that were supported by mushroom-headed columns and reinforced with steel rebar. Most buildings around this time used wood- and steel-framed floors, which made construction more expensive and tedious. The cost-effective technology resulted in a sturdy, built-to-last building. Today, the Marshall Building is the world's oldest existing example of Claude A.P. Turner's Mushroom System and is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Home to over 25 art galleries & studios along with many other boutiques & offices, the Marshall Building has become Milwaukee's premier destination for the Art's & creativity. Learn More...

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McIntosh | Goodrich Mansion (home of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music)

  • Address: 1548 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

This Neo-Classical Revival style mansion, built in 1903, was home to industrialist Charles L. McIntosh; then linseed oil businessman William Osborne Goodrich and his wife, a daughter of brewing magnate Captain Frederick Pabst; and finally the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in 1934. The McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion exterior features dark red Galesburg paving brick, a monumental four column Corinthian portico, Michigan raindrop brownstone trim, and copper cornices. Interior highlights include stained glass attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, mahogany trimmed fireplaces, and grand curved glass bay windows overlooking the lake, among many others. Take a guided ‘highlights’ tour, offered every hour on the hour, or explore the building at your leisure with a self-guided tour pamphlet. Live performances will be presented throughout the day by the Conservatory’s students. Learn More...

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MIAD – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

  • Address: 273 E. Erie Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

MIAD's Jane Bradley Pettit building originally served as a terminal and warehouse for imported automobiles, and has served multiple ventures before the renovation began in 1989 to the state's only independent, non-profit college of art and design offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. With each of its five floors spanning the length of a football field, it currently houses studios, classrooms, galleries and indescribable talent that fuels our creative economy. Discover the creative process with students working in their studios and giving demonstrations; experience the different labs and studios including Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture + Design. Explore the galleries featuring exciting exhibitions. MIAD students will be on hand to discuss their work and life at MIAD. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Address: 700 N. Art Museum Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

The graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The 142,050 square-foot Quadracci Pavilion was planned to primarily contain public spaces. Drop-in architectural tours of the Quadracci Pavilion (Calatrava addition) from noon-4pm every half hour on both days. Admission charge for art museum galleries. NOTE: The Komen Race for the Cure will occupy Lincoln Memorial Dr. near the museum Sunday morning. Learn More...


Milwaukee Blacksmith

  • Address: 518 E. Erie
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The current home of Milwaukee Blacksmith, comprised of cinder blocks and roof trusses, suggest it was constructed sometime in the 1950s. The most interesting thing about our building is what currently happens inside. When visiting Milwaukee Blacksmith for Doors Open, you will walk into the past. As you enter the shop, listen to the sounds of the hammer and the crackle of the fire. Come and watch as the blacksmith and his sons use the same historical techniques to create today. Learn More...


Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

  • Address: 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11am-5pm

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC) campus is located near McKinley Marina. Take a self-guided tour of the education building at the sailing center, including the panoramic view of the cities lakefront from the Windhover Community Room on the top floor of the new $2.3 million education center that opened in spring of 2010. The new building contains 6,000 square feet — including two class rooms, a large community room, and restrooms with shower facilities. Learn More...


Milwaukee County Courthouse

  • Address: 901 N. 9th Street (Wells Street entrance between 9th and 10th Street)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Milwaukee County Courthouse is a high-rise municipal building located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Completed in 1931, it is the third county courthouse built in the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will be treated to the grandeur of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Designed in the semi-Classic Roman style, the exterior is dominated by classical pillars, pilasters and cornices. Materials used in the construction of the Courthouse include Bedford stone from Indiana for the exterior, eight types of marble for the flooring, American walnut for the interior of the courtrooms and all lighting fixtures from the Moe Bridges Company. Learn More...

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Milwaukee County Transit System Fleet Maintenance Facility

  • Address: 1525 W. Vine Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm (See specific tour times below) and Sun NOT OPEN

There is a lot to maintaining 11 ton vehicles. Learn the details of how this is done by visiting the Fleet Maintenance Building. Very rarely do they provide tours, but are proud to show an inside look at Mechanical Repair where mechanics repair or replace major bus components like engines, transmissions, air-conditioning and brakes during Doors Open Milwaukee. Tours will be given by MCTS staff (approximately every hour on the half hour, starting at 10:30 am, ending at 3:30 pm) and a historical collection of transit photographs and one of the Clean-Diesel buses will be on display to view at any time from 10 am to 5 pm. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the new smart card fare system. Learn More...


Milwaukee Fire Department Station 11 PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

This Bay View station was dedicated on Monday, September 27, 1965 by Mayor Henry W. Maier and houses Engine Co. 11 and Ladder Co. 6. The original Fire Station 11, which was also at this site, was built in 1890 and also housed Engine Co. 11 Ladder Co. 6. Currently Station 11 houses Ladder Co. 6 has four personnel on a 24-hour shift. Visitors will receive a Milwaukee Fire House tour with explanation of rig, equipment, type of responses and view of living area in quarters. Tours will be tailored to age appropriate discussion. NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire Museum PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1615 W. Oklahoma Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1927 as a fire station, the Milwaukee Fire Museum has been a museum and education center since 1995. . In addition to original chairs, a working fire alarm system connected to the corner alarm box, a time-related kitchen, locker room and a hose tower, you can see the dormitory-style bunkroom where the firefighters spent part of their 24-hour shift. Follow a tour guide or explore at your own pace with a museum guide sheet. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Marriott Downtown

  • Address: 323 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 10am -2pm

The new Milwaukee Marriott Downtown is the first full-service Marriott in downtown Milwaukee. The Hotel was designed by Milwaukee-based architecture by design firm Kahler Slater, incorporating a majority of the existing 19th-century Wisconsin Avenue buildings that originally stood on the site with their historic facades. The hotel blends modern luxury with the architectural elements of the buildings that once stood in it's place. Visitors are invited on an escorted tour of the hotel. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Police Department — Communications Center

  • Address: 2333 N. 49th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

Visitors will see the nerve center of the Milwaukee Police Department when they come to the Communications Center. They will see where police telecommunicators and dispatchers take calls that are often a matter of life or death, and how those calls are routed to get people the life-saving help they need. In the center, officers also monitor pole cameras that are set up around the city that are often used to catch criminals on video. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Market

  • Address: 400 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 10am-5pm

The modern-day Milwaukee Public Market, which opened in October of 2005, preserves the nature of this historic neighborhood and capitalizes on the history of an area that native Wisconsinites associate with fresh food. The Market will feature exhibits focusing on the inner workings and behind-the-scenes elements of the building and its 18 vendors. View the displays and videos throughout the building, and enjoy shopping with all of the Market's specialty food vendors. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Theatre / U.S. Cellular Arena

  • Address: 490 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 4pm Sun NOT OPEN

Opened in 1950, the U.S. Cellular Arena has been a cornerstone to the Downtown Entertainment District. A home to sports teams, concerts, ice shows, circuses, graduations, assemblies, and competitions, the Arena seats up to 12,700 people. One of the first TV-friendly venues in the nation, the then-"Milwaukee Arena" came of age with rock & roll and later gained fame as "MECCA," a house of champions with a reputation for unparalleled fan intensity and an audacious Pop Art basketball floor. A major 1998 renovation readied the building for the 21st century with new technology and enhanced accommodations for both patrons and productions, while retaining its fervor-inducing geometry and super-strong, ready-to-rig ceiling.Visitors will be welcomed to the Annex, located between the U.S. Cellular Arena and the Milwaukee Theatre, which will be the meeting place for tours of either building; but wait, there's more! Offered as self-guided tours, we will have displays and recordings taking you back through each buildings' history of public shows and events. Learn More...


Monarch Corporation

  • Address: 7050 North 76th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-1pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Monarch Machining and Fabrication is an 80-year-old, Milwaukee-based company that specializes in the fabrication, machining, and assembly of large custom metal components up to 100 tons. Created in 1933, Monarch continues to provide some of the industry’s best in heavy fabrication, precision machining and complex assembly services for projects ranging from mining and shipbuilding to government defense and nuclear. Small groups will be led through the shop and 100,000-square-foot facility to see processes and marvel at the size and scope of our products and machines. Come see a current example of why Milwaukee used to be called the “machine shop of the world.” Learn More...

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Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC)

  • Address: 270 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The “inverted pyramid” architectural design of MGIC’s 4-story headquarters has made it one of Milwaukee’s most unique buildings since its completion in 1973. A brief guided tour will allow guests to learn about the Warren Platner designed interior features, and also showcases museum quality works by artists Alicia Penalba and Shelia Hicks. Learn More...

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MSOE Alumni Partnership Center

  • Address: 1120 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The Alumni Partnership Center was designed by architect H. Paul Schnetzky and built in 1890 by Emil and Valentin Blatz as the headquarters for the Blatz Brewing Co. business offices. Visitors are welcome to visit the first floor of the Alumni Partnership Center and marvel at the hand-carved fireplace mantels, hardwood floors and oak beams. In the Great Room, the beer barons of Milwaukee look down on visitors from a two-story skylight. isitors also will enjoy viewing several paintings on display from the Grohmann Museum’s Man at Work art collection. Learn More...

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MSOE Grohmann Museum

  • Address: 1000 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The building currently housing the Grohmann Museum was built in 1924 as a Cadillac dealership, later to become Humphrey Cadillac. The building was later used (1970s-1990s) as the Milwaukee branch of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. Purchased by Dr. Eckhart Grohmann as a gift to MSOE in 2005, the building was renovated in 2006-07 under the direction of Uihlein-Wilson Architects to become the Grohmann Museum. Visitors are invited to browse the Man at Work Collection, which comprises more than 800 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as special themed exhibitions. The museum also features a spectacular rooftop sculpture garden. Learn More...

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MSOE Kern Center

  • Address: 1245 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The Kern Center was designed by Uihlein-Wilson Architects, and opened its doors in October 2004. It is Milwaukee School of Engineering’s 210,000-square-foot health, wellness, fitness and recreation facility and exemplifies the university’s commitment to providing a well-rounded student experience. Learn More...

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National Ace Hardware

  • Address: 1303 N. 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

National Ace Hardware is a family owned and operated business spanning three generations. The main location is 64,000 sq. ft. in the Haymarket Square area just north of downtown Milwaukee. The site is comprised of three brick buildings; a firehouse built in 1892, the main building built in 1902, and the joining building that currently houses our paint department built in 1910. Visitors can expect a tour of the first floor, learn the history of the building and of National Ace Hardware, see the original fixtures of Kornelly Hardware (a turn of the century Milwaukee Hardware store), a display of antique tools, and the oldest operating boiler in the county built in 1910 (3rd oldest in the state). Learn More...

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  • Address: 137 E. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-5pm

The Safe House added the Newsroom to provide a home for the Milwaukee Press Club and its collection of famous autographs and memorabilia dating from 1885. An oil painting of Mark Twain was carefully restored and hangs above the fireplace. Beside it, a hand-painted mural shows the map of Milwaukee and sets off the signatures of nine Milwaukee mayors. The gargoyles and fountain installed in the Newsroom are preserved from the North Western depot. The exterior sign bracket and ornamental iron balcony are from the Blatz Hotel and the Blatz Palm Garden. The chandeliers are from John Ernst's - they were fashioned by Milwaukee's wrought iron designer, Cyril Colnick. A special attraction in the Newsroom is the disappearing booth that transports people into the Safe House. The latest addition to the newsroom is Control’s Booth, available by reservation only. Learn More...


Next Act Theatre

  • Address: 255 S. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Next Act converted a crane bay, originally built in 1989, into a state of the art theatre complex, opening it in October 2011. The building was originally used to load and unload large equipment off of flatbed semi's for international shipping. The new complex houses Next Act's administrative offices, rehearsal hall, production support areas and a 152 seat theatre. Visitors will be guided through the entire building including a backstage experience. Our first production of the season will be in its first performances weekend so certain backstage areas will be closed in the afternoon. Photos of the conversion process are displayed on the backstage walls. And the bar will be open for those looking for a little refreshment on the tour. Learn More...

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North Point Tower

  • Address: 2288 N. Lake Drive at E. North Avenue
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Celebrate the 140th anniversary of the North Point Tower. The Milwaukee Water Works tower was part of the first drinking water utility from 1874-1963. The Victorian Gothic tower houses a four-foot-diameter, 135-foot-tall iron standpipe that absorbed water pulsations from reciprocating steam engines in a pumping station on Lake Michigan. Learn more about the tower and the Milwaukee Water Works, celebrating 140 years of drinking water service. Sorry, visitors are not allowed to climb the rusted original steel staircase, built only wide enough for one person, and no longer structurally sound for recreational climbing. Learn More...

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Old Southside Settlement Museum

  • Address: 707 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN ad Sunday 1pm-5pm

The Old South Side Settlement Museum focuses on the history of the Park Neighborhoods (Lincoln Village and Baran Park). The museum is spread across several rooms on the ground floor of an 105-year-old house, and each room represents different families at different time periods within the neighborhood. The front room/reception area of the museum features artists whose work has been prominent in the Park Neighborhoods. The dining room still resembles the 1920s era when the Rozgas (the family of the funeral home next door) lived there. Other rooms feature cultural groups that have contributed to the unique character of the Park Neighborhoods. Learn More...


Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

  • Address: 3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12:30-5pm

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, founded by Norwegian immigrants on Milwaukee's southside in 1858, built the present building on the site of the Todd Wehr Estate in 1954. Before entering the Wisconsin Avenue doors, look up to the 15' "The Inviting Christ" statue and notice the solar panels (2.24 kw) that were installed in 2008. Stepping up to the Narthex, gaze into the church where "The Abiding Christ" window and organ music bid you enter. Wander or sit in the sanctuary, where you will recognize Old and New Testament stories in the stained glass windows. The History Room and Chapel are open for visitors. Your guides are eager to share about the mission and ministries of the congregation. Learn More...

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Pevnick Studios PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 527 N. 27th Street (alley door in back)
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sun 10am – 5pm

The front building, built in 1878 of Cream City brick in the Italianate style, was the Clybourn Street School until the late 1920s. It is the second-oldest surviving MPS school building in the city. Visitors will see a brightly-lit Graphical Waterfall® standing 12 feet off the ground, programmed by computer to produce ribbons, shapes, words and games. Water droplets fall through valves with the speed of gravity and patterns are created by the presence and absence of water, like a dot-matrix printer. A 16-foot-wide waterfall produces 6,000-12,000 water droplets per second. Entertaining for all ages. Children must be supervised, as the space is a working warehouse. Learn More...

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Pfister Hotel

  • Address: 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893 has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for over a century and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. Guido Pfister, a local tanner owner, wanted to build a "palace for the people" in Milwaukee, especially after the city's most renowned hotel, The Newhall House, burned down in 1883. From the moment you arrive you will notice the extraordinary architecture and welcoming ambiance marked by a priceless Victorian Art collection, which rivals that of any hotel in the world. Begin your visit in The Rouge where Peter Mortensen will share a brief history of The Pfister Hotel. Subject to availability, you are invited to explore the mezzanine level of this grand hotel. Learn More...


Plaza Hotel

  • Address: 1007 N. Cass Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Plaza Hotel opened in 1925 as a large four story red brick and steel apartment hotel. The first story is faced in gray stone, and the remaining stories are red brick with stone trimmings. Architect George W. Adams designed this Art Deco building — which is defined by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and beautiful ornamentation. Two floors are hotel guest rooms and the two floors above are residencies. The first floor location offers a bustling, vintage Café and a dedicated spa treatment room. The Plaza is known as a residential nook on Milwaukee's Lower East Side. The hotel lobby and several guest rooms will be available for viewing. Café at the Plaza will be open from 7am - 2pm. Learn More...

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Pritzlaff Building

  • Address: 311 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Pritzlaff Buildings are a complex of 6 large ornate Italianate cream city brick and heavy timber construction buildings erected between 1875 and 1919 by the John Pritzlaff Hardware Company. Pritzlaff was a large hardware distributor located in the building until 1958. It is now being renovated by Sunset Investors into a mixed use space with offices and banquet halls on the first floor, and apartments on floors 2 -7. Learn about the history of 19th-century wholesalers who grew Milwaukee intto a hub of trade. View some of the huge hardware catalogs that Pritzlaff used for selling and distributing their goods, then tour through unfinished areas of the building, construction and completed areas. Pritzlaff is a work in progress. Learn More...

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Redeemer Lutheran Church

  • Address: 1905 W. Wisconsin Avenue. (sanctuary entrance, double glass doors)
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10am-5pm

Redeemer Lutheran Church (originally Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer) was founded in 1890. Construction work on the current building began late in 1915, the cornerstone being laid on December 6th. At that time, the estimated cost of the furnished church and parish hall was $50,000 (exclusive of the grounds). The architect, Mr. William H. Schuchardt, designed the Gothic sanctuary — one of the finest examples of traditional and modern architectural masterpieces of Lutheran edifices in America. Visitors are welcome to tour the Gothic-style sanctuary. Learn More...


Robert A. Anderson Water Tower and Municipal Building

  • Address: 4001 S. 6th St.
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Constructed in 1940, the Anderson Municipal Building is in the Art Deco architectural style. The building was built by the Town of Lake, and housed its water tower and municipal offices. Visitors will be able to participate in a guided tour of the building's public areas and top-floor , indoor water tank (stairs required to this area). The Water Tower offers a unique view of Milwaukee from downtown to Lake Michigan and southern Milwaukee County. Tours will depart from the first floor lobby every half hour. Learn More...

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Safe House

  • Address: 779 N. Front Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-5pm

This spy museum/restaurant is a favorite Milwaukee attraction, created in 1966 by designer David Baldwin. Yes, you need the password. No, we can’t divulge it. But be assured you’ll get in as soon as you pass your (fun) spy clearance test to prove you’re a friendly. The Safe House is divided into international sectors – look for the Swiss Chalet, the Hong Kong section, the Paris Café, the Mediterranean Room, The English room. Find the hidden spy devices like the crafty instant alibis phone booth, the escape route. Can’t tell you much more or … well, you know. Learn More...


Saint Francis de Sales Seminary

  • Address: 3257 South Lake Drive, St. Francis
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12-4pm

Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is the oldest Roman Catholic seminary in continuous existence in the United States. Built in 1855 by workmen and Franciscan brothers who made the bricks themselves, the American Federalist style building was paid for by donations which averaged one dollar. Visitors will see Christ King Chapel with its Marie Herndl stained-glass windows which were shipped from Munich in 1899, the hand-carved grand staircase that winds up all five floors, the entryway chandelier from King Ludwig of Bavaria and the Sacellum or museum with early prints and paintings of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary as well as artifacts from its history. Visitors may also browse through the Seminary’s Salzmann Library which was completed in 1908 and houses more than 89,000 books. Learn More...


Saint George Melkite Church

  • Address: 1617 W. State Street
  • Hours: Satuday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Constructed with Milwaukee Cream City brick and crowned with three bulbous onion domes, Saint George Church was constructed in 1917 to replace rented locations used for worship by Wisconsin’s Middle-Eastern Christian congregation. Visitors will be greeted by members of the parish community who will explain the features of a Middle Eastern church, point out the more noteworthy examples of Byzantine and Syrian iconography, and answer questions regarding the history of the building, the community, its rich liturgical heritage, and the current status of the parish. Learn More...

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Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center (at the former Jackie Robinson Middle School)

  • Address: 3245 N. 37th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The renovation of the Jackie Robinson Middle School was seen as an opportunity to create an intergenerational mix of senior and family workforce housing to help stabilize a vital area that has been suffering from disinvestment, unemployment and foreclosures. The school is an architectural jewel located in the center of Sherman Park, an important historic urban neighborhood in the heart of Milwaukee. The school was closed due to declining enrollment and the renovation of this historic building is a unique opportunity for positive and monumental change in the neighborhood. Learn More...

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Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

  • Address: 3221 S. Lake Drive
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm

Tour the original convent (1861) and its 1888 and 1915 additions, including a mural of the congregation’s history, the Heritage Room (current display is sisters’ missionary work in China from 1929-1948), parlors, sisters’ cells and convent dormitory (some areas only accessible by stairs.) Spend time in the 1894 Gothic-style chapel, with hand-carved pews, original German carvings in the sanctuary, Austrian stained glass windows, reliquary, and adjacent Adoration chapel. Weather permitting, stroll the grounds which include the landmark, century-old, concrete grape arbor; a retreat cottage; gardens; and recent environmental projects. Convent tours will be self-guided though we will have a number of sisters and volunteers available to provide historical information about the rooms and exhibits that you will have the opportunity to experience. View a display of the early artwork created by Sr. Thomasita Fessler, the granddaughter of prominent architect Erhard Brielmaier, which can be found lining the walls of the first floor corridor as you make your way to view our two historic chapels. Learn More...


South Shore Pavilion

  • Address: 2900 South Shore Drive
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12-3pm

South Shore Pavilion, located in the middle of South Shore Park, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers a great view of the marina and lake. Built in 1936, this 12,983 square foot pavilion has an interior of stately wood beams. The exterior consists of Spanish-style brick, a tile roof, arched windows and two stories overlooking Lake Michigan. Originally built as a bath house in the 1930s, the pavilion is now a popular rental hall, as well as a concessions stand and restroom facility for people using South Shore Beach. Learn More...

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St Benedict the Moor Parish Church

  • Address: 924 W. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

St. Benedict the Moor is the first African-American Catholic Church in Milwaukee established in 1908 by layman Captain Lincoln Valle and his wife Julia. Capuchin Franciscans assumed full-time responsibility for St Ben’s in 1911. In 1970 the few remaining parishioners met to discuss the feasibility of keeping the premises open. Around this time, Mike & Nettie Cullen of the Catholic Worker Movement brought the meal program to the parish, which began in their kitchen. Since, St Ben's has become a revitalized community parish fueled by enthusiasm in caring for the poor. Visitors can tour the church, enjoying the many statues, carvings and artwork throughout the church, as well as a poster exhibit of past school activities. Parishioners will be on hand to tell our story and answer questions. Learn More...

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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 804 West Vliet Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

St. John’s is one of Milwaukee’s finest examples of high Victorian Gothic ecclesiastical architecture. Designed by architect Herman Paul Schnetzky, it was completed in 1890. The East tower, with three bronze bells weighing six tons total, is 197 feet′ tall while the west tower is 127′ feet tall. The church seats 1,100 people. The unique theatre style lighting, featuring 800 individual light fixtures installed in 1909, is seldom seen in churches. Interesting features include an elevated pulpit and an ornate hand-carved altar. Learn More...

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St. Joseph Chapel of School Sisters of St. Francis

  • Address: 1501 S. Layton Boulevard
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

School Sisters of St. Francis provide guided tours of their century-old chapel, where music and art are integral to spiritual life. Milwaukee architects Peter Brust and Richard Philipp created a perfectly Italian Romanesque Revival marvel. Enjoy 100+ stained glass windows, unique carvings, mosaics, and paintings in a soaring worship space. A tour in Spanish is also offered at 10 am. Step inside this 1917 gem, rich with soaring marble columns, colorful stained glass, exquisite wood carvings and colored mosaics. One of Milwaukee's most beautiful sacred spaces. Learn about the chapel's outstanding acoustics as experienced guides share the chapel's story. Learn More...


St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran

  • Address: 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Hours: Satuday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-5pm

The present St. Lucas Church building at 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. was erected in 1888. The steeple is 145' high. Step inside this Bay View landmark for a moment of peace. See the sun streaming through the beautiful stained glass windows onto the rich wood of the church pews. Listen as the Sipe pipe organ plays spiritual hymns of the past and the present. Take a walk through the newly remodeled lower level gathering space. Learn More...


St. Mary and St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox Church

  • Address: 1521 W. Drexel Avenue / Oak Creek
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

St. Mary and St. Antonious was constructed in 2006 by Madison based Sullivan Construction Company. It was built in the ancient Coptic style based on churches over 1000 years old in Egypt, and is the first Coptic Church built in Wisconsin. The tour will give visitors information about historical and present day Coptic Christianity as well as an explanation of many of the unique features and artwork inside. Those who visit during Doors Open will get a chance to see the altar and some altar vessels used during services that are usually closed off from public view. Learn More...

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State Street Bascule Bridge

  • Address: 100 E. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

State Street Bascule Bridge is significant as the oldest surviving bascule bridge in Milwaukee. The engineering of the bascule span for the State Street Bridge was modeled after the prototype developed by the Milwaukee Bridge Company for the Muskego Avenue/Emmber Lane Bridge in 1904. This prototype was considered technologically significant as one of the first simple trunnion bascules built in the United States and is commonly referred to as the “Milwaukee Type Bascule.” This local design has been widely replicated. See how a bridge works from the bridge operator's perspective. There will be 2 -3 openings per hour during the event. Learn More...

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Summerfield United Methodist Church

  • Address: 728 E Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 12:30pm-5pm

Styled in German Gothic Revival, this church was built in 1904 by the architecture firm of Turnball and Jones of Elgin, Ill. Summerfield’s original congregation formed in 1852. Several stained glass windows are outstanding features, including a domed skylight. Docents will be available to answer questions about the sanctuary and building history. Visitors to Summerfield will experience the hospitality of a dynamic congregation that has been a part of Milwaukee and the lower east side since 1852. Learn More...

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Survive Alive House PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 2059 S. 20th Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm Sun NOT OPEN Special programs at 11:30am and 2:30pm

This building was originally a Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Fieldhouse, which after an addition was added in 1993, became the Milwaukee Survive Alive House. Students will learn about the importance of working smoke detectors in every home, including how to check a smoke detector, the dangers of fire, safety measures families can take, how to contact 9-1-1, and through a hands-on experience, how to escape a home fire by staying low and feeling and checking doors for fire. Learn More...

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The Pitch Project

  • Address: 706 S 5th St.
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Mike Brenner [see Brenner Brewing Company] is working to open a 25,000 sq ft arts incubator in the building with his brewery, which will feature a 1,500 sq ft contemporary art gallery and 20 artists' studio spaces. Artists are scheduled to move into The Pitch Project November 1st. See it before it officially opens! Learn More...

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Tripoli Shrine Center

  • Address: 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am – 2pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

The Tripoli Shrine Center was constructed in 1925 and completed in 1928 and was patterned after the Taj Mahal. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic sites. Visitors will step back in time to take a look at Milwaukee's historic treasure. Learn More...

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U.S. Bank Center — Observation Deck PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Get whisked to the top of the state’s tallest building (601 feet), and enjoy the 360-degree views of our city and beyond from the 41st floor. Opened in 1973, this great steel-framed and clean-lined skyscraper, with its white painted aluminum and bronze glass, has become an iconic building on Milwaukee’s skyline. The deck is normally closed to the public. Learn More...

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Urban Ecology Center / Menomonee Valley Branch

  • Address: 3700 W. Pierce Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Come check out the Urban Ecology Center’s newest branch as it celebrates it’s two-year anniversary. Every piece of the building has it’s own history, right down to the reception desk that was built from the bar of the tavern that once stood there! Take yourself on a tour of this unique building. Use the Urban Ecology Center’s Visitor’s Guide (available in English and Spanish) to discover all of the building’s green features. Learn about the history of the building and the area, explore the flexible and fun learning spaces in the building, and even see if you can find the slide! If you have some extra time, you can head out the back door and take a walk in one of Milwaukee's newest green spaces: Three Bridges Park, that opened in July of 2013. Learn More...

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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • Address: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Overlooking Lake Michigan, this Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David Adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family, the mu- seum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, and a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional and international artists. Learn More...

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Villard Square Branch Library

  • Address: 5190 N. 35th Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm Sunday NOT OPEN

The Villard Square Branch Library opened on October 15, 2011. It is the only Milwaukee Public Library currently operating in a multi-use building; a successful model which will be repeated throughout the city library system. Above the library, there are three floors of apartments (47units.) While visiting the Villard Square Branch Library, take note of the unique art collection created by Milwaukee artists Nicolas Lampert and Paul Kjelland. Images found throughout the library reflect the pulse of the community in which the library exists. Make sure to take a few minutes to get off your feet and sit next to the two-sided fireplace. Learn More...

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Watts Building

  • Address: 761 N. Jefferson Street
  • Hours: Sat 9am – 5pm and Sun NOT OPEN

George Watts and Son Inc. and the Watts Tea Shop have been family-owned and operated for over 144 years, and is currently celebrating its 88th birthday. The restaurant recently won the James Beard Award in 2011 as an “American Classic” embodying the culture and community it shares with the people of Milwaukee. Learn More...

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We Energies Public Service Building

  • Address: 231 West Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm

Construction of the Public Service Building began in 1902, and electric interurban trains rolled through it three years later. Upon completion, the ornate neoclassical design received national praise for being among the finest in the country. Learn how electricity and the interurban railroad came to Milwaukee and changed the city forever. See how this building played a part with trains, busses, appliances, electricity, natural gas and steam heat. Visitors will tour the ornate lobby, and Corporate Conference Center. New for 2014 is the grand, art deco auditorium located on the second level. Sit and relax in the auditorium while you enjoy a presentation featuring the building and company history. Learn More...

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Wells Building

  • Address: 324 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 10am - 2pm

Daniel Wells, who was reported to be the wealthiest man in Wisconsin at the time, completed the Wells Building in 1901. The architect was Henry C Koch, whose works include Milwaukee City Hall, the Pfister Hotel, and the Church of Gesu on the Marquette University campus. One of Milwaukee’s first steel frame high-rise structures, the Wells Building was the world’s largest terra cotta building at the time of its construction. Visitors will be able to view the newly renovated 7th floor, the ongoing lobby renovation project, historic photo slide show on our lobby displays, and a chance to see a few of the old artifacts that have been discovered during our renovation project. Learn More...

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Wells Street Vertical Lift Bridge

  • Address: 101 E. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Wells Street Vertical Lift Bridge is one of only nine bridges that share design features found nowhere else. The City of Milwaukee developed the towerless vertical lift bridge in the 1960's. These structures combine selected advantages of both types of bridges in locations where requirements for raised vertical clearances are limited. The clean lines associated with a girder-type bascule are combined with the functionality associated with a single movable span and hydraulic operation. Blocking of the roadways on both sides of the channel is also accomplished without additional powered mechanisms. See how a bridge works from a bridge operator's perspective. There will be 2-3 openings per hour during the event. Learn More...

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Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

  • Address: 813 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sunday 12-5pm

The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, the oldest private club in the city and the oldest woman’s club in America, has an eventful and productive history dating back to 1876. The Club building initiated and financed by its pioneering founders has been a Milwaukee Landmark since it formally opened in 1887. Visitors will be offered a rare, inside experience. Learn More...