The Federal Courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture.

The Federal Courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. Constructed during the 1890s, a major renovation in the 1990s highlights elements of the architectural style. Areas of interest include the 5 story atrium, the ceremonial courtroom (one of the original courtrooms in the building) and the 1990s centennial courtroom. In addition to the federal courts, this building houses Senator Ron Johnson’s office and several federal agencies including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Doors Open Day Program

Civics-Education Presentations in the Historic Courtroom (Rm. 321)

Please join us in the Historic Courtroom for informative presentations about the Federal Justice System. Learn about the important work we’re doing in service to the community.

Participants include:

  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Federal Defender Services
  • U.S. Probation Office

Presentation Schedule:

Mid Morning

10:30 am             U.S. Courts

10:50 am             U.S. Marshal’s Service

11:10 am             U.S. Attorney’s Office

11:30 am             U.S. Courts

11:50 am             Federal Defender Services

12:10 pm             U.S. Probation Office


1:20 pm                U.S. Marshal’s Service

1:40 pm                U.S. Attorney’s Office

2:00 pm                U.S. Courts

2:20 pm                Federal Defender Services

2:40 pm                U. S. Probation Office

Architecture Tours and Presentations

The Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is one of the area’s finest examples of the Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture style.

We invite you to learn about the building’s history and design in guided tours and architecture presentations.

*Tours are every 20 minutes on the hour starting at 10:20 a.m.

Atrium Architecture Tour               Building Atrium

Family Architecture Tour               Room 398

Ceremonial Courtroom                  Room 390

Centennial Courtroom                    Room 320

Family Fun in the Jury Assembly Room (Rm. 398)

Join us for fun and educational activities for our young visitors.

  • Family Architecture Tour
  • Kid’s Scavenger Hunt and Court-Themed Photo Station
  • We are a DOMKE “family passport” site

Video Learning Station (Rm. 398)

Enjoy a selection of informative videos about the Federal Justice System. Learn about the judiciary, the rule of law, and jury service.

Senator Johnson’s Office Open House (Rm. 408)

Stop by his Milwaukee Office to learn about the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government.

  • Pick up your free pocket Constitution.
  • Take a photo at the Senator’s desk.

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517 E Wisconsin Ave

Saturday Hours
10 am - 5 pm

Sunday Hours
Not Open

Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible


Photo Tour