Doors Open Milwaukee is a two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history. This event offers behind the scenes tours of more than 150 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods and in-depth tours led by community leaders. Doors Open sites include commercial properties, sacred spaces, apartment buildings, breweries, art galleries, community gardens and more stretching from downtown to the surrounding suburbs, and the neighborhoods between.
Doors Open Milwaukee’s goals:
- Showcase the architecture and community stories of Milwaukee’s downtown and culturally diverse neighborhoods
- Raise awareness of the critical role design plays in a vibrant and livable city
- Welcome exploration and improve perception of new neighborhoods
- Foster pride in Milwaukee and the built environment
Come experience Scathain behind the scenes. Take a 30 minute tour and see how glass, metal, and wood come together to create high end furniture – all handcrafted by our finishers, blacksmiths, and woodworkers. Visitors will also learn about the history of the building, ranging from a printing press to a glamorous bowling alley. In the shop basement you can still see the horse parking from the 1800's, complete with visible stalls and brick path. If you look closely, you can even see a footprint in the cement dating back more than 150 years!