Preview for Doors Open Milwaukee 2016

This coming weekend, September 17 and 18, 2016 has arguably one of the best events in Milwaukee: Doors Open Milwaukee. For two days, more than 150 buildings in the city open their doors to the public free of charge. You can visit churches, government buildings, museums, art studios, theaters, hotels, and more. The event also includes ticketed tours and family activities, including Family Passport. It’s truly a one of a kind opportunity to explore the fantastic city of Milwaukee for free.

If you’re brand new to Doors Open, I recommend starting downtown at the U.S. Bank building or City Hall and then exploring other Doors Open sites in the downtown area, as there are many located in this region. If you’ve been to previous Doors Open weekends, I recommend studying the building list and making a game plan ahead of time so you’re sure to hit a few new sites.

Here are a few peeks of some of my favorite sites from the past two Doors Open weekends. Please keep in mind that the buildings list changes from year to year. As of publishing this post, with the exception of the Avalon Theater, all of the sites featured here will be open for 2016, but this is subject to change at any time without notice.

Central Library

Down in the stacks at the Central Library. A must see Doors Open location!

Calvary Presbyterian Church

Calvary Presbyterian Church

Summerfest Grounds From Above

View of 794, the Summerfest Grounds, Lake Michigan, and beyond from the U.S. Bank Building Observation Deck. The Observation Deck offers 360-degree views of the entire city and Lake Michigan.

U.S. Bank Building

Inside the U.S. Bank Building, looking up

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Basilica of St. Josaphat

Basilica of St. Josaphat, another must see Doors Open location. If you’ve never been in the Basilica, use Doors Open as an excuse to take in the magnificent architecture and learn a little of its history.

Bay View Printing Company

Bay View Printing Company. Please pay the printing company a visit in 2016. It is such a neat business, and the staff is very friendly.

Milwaukee Skyline

Milwaukee skyline from one of the rooftops in Walker’s Point. There are multiple Walker’s Point buildings that open up their rooftop levels during Doors Open.

88.9 Building

Inside 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. You can tour the majority of the building and visit the rooftop garden during Doors Open.

88.9 Rooftop

Part of the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee rooftop.

Avalon Theater

Avalon Theater

Milwaukee Blacksmith

Milwaukee Blacksmith. So neat to watch blacksmith in action. If you’re in the Third Ward, stop by.

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

A few other personal recommendations for 2016:
Calvary Cemetery Chapel
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Forest Home Cemetery
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
MSOE Grohmann Museum
Iron Horse Hotel

The 6th annual Doors Open Milwaukee runs 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016. The website features the full list of participating buildings and ticketed tours. Don’t forget to tag your images #DoorsOpenMilwaukee on Twitter and Instagram and explore the hashtag throughout the weekend.

Are there any Doors Open sites you’re looking forward to visiting in 2016?
Feel free to leave them in the comments!




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