Public Tours will be offered during Doors Open Milwaukee at the times within their specific descriptions.
Tickets (when required) are given out FREE TO THE PUBLIC on a first-come,
first-served basis at 10am on the specific daythe tour is given during Doors Open Milwaukee at City Hall Headquarters.
Two tickets per person.
All Public Tours, except the Federal Courthouse
(which will be distributed at the Courthouse on Saturday at 9:30am),
will be distributed in this manner.
Biking Through Milwaukee — Join Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail manager, as she leads you on a tour of the new Three Bridges Park and Old Soldiers Home with frequent stops to discuss former inhabitants of the area such as American Indians, railroad workers, and Civil War soldiers. Tour Milwaukee’s history from past to present. Bring bike, helmet, and water. Ticket: Not required. Time: Sun 9am Duration: 2-2 1/2 hours Capacity: 50 Meet and park: Parking lot off of Milwaukee Road, between Charter Wire and 35th and Canal Street.
City Hall Bell Tower — Take a rarely-offered climb up five steep, narrow flights of stairs. Get a chance to ring the “Solomon Juneau” — the 11-ton bell named after Milwaukee’s first mayor. Learn about how and why the bell is ringing again after over 75-years of silence. Tour-goers must sign a waiver before taking the tour. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat & Sun, 7 tours per day on the hour from 10am to 4pm Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells Street
Federal Courthouse — 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 this architectural style. The magnificent atrium is open to all visitors, tours of the courtrooms will require tickets. The tour of the Federal Courthouse (interior, ticketed) will focus on the history of the building, the atrium, and the ceremonial and centennial courtrooms. Learn about the role of the federal courts in our society and some of the cases that have been tried here. Tours will be conducted on the hour and half hour and are limited to 35 people per tour. Please arrive early to go through security. No weapons are allowed. Ticket: Required Times: Sat 10am-5pm on the hour and half hour — last tour 4pm Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 35 Meet: Inside 517 E. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets for these tours may be picked up at the Federal Courthouse starting at 9:30 a.m.
Jones Island – Pioneering wastewater treatment technology for over 80 years. Join MMSD and Veolia Water tour guides for a one-hour motorcoach tour of the entire 75-acre Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility campus, then disembark to see first-hand the Milorganite production process. Along the way you will learn the critical role that this facility plays in maintaining Lake Michigan water quality and how we clean wastewater to award-winning levels. Appropriate attire required: flat, closed-toed shoes and long pants. (You must be able to walk down five flights of stairs; not suitable for strollers.) Ticket: Required (Due to limited seating, a ticket is required for any age for this tour.) Times: Sat. 11:00, 11:30, noon, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 55 Meet: Operations Building Directions: From Downtown Milwaukee Take I-794 East. Continue across Hoan Bridge to Exit #3 (Port of Milwaukee). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Carferry Drive. At the stop sign, turn left (north) onto Lincoln Memorial Drive and follows signs to the fenced gate where you will be greeted.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours — Map out your day using the Milwaukee Food & City Tours shuttle – a hassle-free way to enjoy Milwaukee’s historic steeples. Enjoy the sights of the city and then hop-on and off for visits at the churches of your choice. Departs approximately every 30 minutes. Pick up points are: City Hall, Cathedral Church of All Saints (818 E. Juneau Avenue), Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (1209 N. Broadway), Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (1046 N. 9th Street) and St. James Episcopal Church (833 W. Wisconsin Avenue). Ticket: Not Required Times: Sat and Sun 10am-5pm, every 30 minutes at sites named above.
Monitoring and Managing Wisconsin’s Roadways — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center operates traffic management and traveler information systems on Wisconsin’s interstates, freeways/expressways and state highways. For safety, operators monitor over 265 cameras throughout the state to keep traffic flowing. They will demonstrate on their “wall of monitors” how they keep tabs on current traffic and provide information in real-time to protective services. Ticket: Required Times: Sun 2pm and 3pm, Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 35 Meet: Inside Intermodal Station, 433 W St Paul Ave., at building’s east side elevator.
Soldiers Home — Designed as a place to aid veterans’ healing and ease their transition back into civilian life, the Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, known as the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, was established in 1867. Nestled into a picturesque landscape, the recuperative village boasts as many as 48 historic resources including marvelous Victorian architecture designed by renowned Milwaukee architects Edward Townsend Mix and Henry C. Koch. Join Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, and others who care deeply about the Soldiers Home for an in-depth, guided walking tour through the grounds and view the exteriors of the historic buildings. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 2pm and 4pm Duration: 45-60min Capacity: 25 Meet: 5000 W. National Ave, at the fountain in front of Old Main.