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Join us for a walking tour this fall! Visit our gift shop at 235 E Michigan St for a curated Milwaukee shopping experience. Open 10-3 Tuesday-Sunday.

Doors Open Tours

The following tours range from free to $10/ticket. Ticket fees help offset the cost of ticketing software and support the organization that brings you Doors Open. Historic Milwaukee is dedicated to educating the public about Milwaukee’s history and architecture year round.

Ticket Sale Information

Tickets went on sale earlier this month, and many have sold out. To get early access to tickets next year, join as a Historic Milwaukee member!

Don't forget there are 70+ buildings to tour for free, no ticket required on 9/25 and 9/26.

Cancellation Policy: New this year, cancellations with a refund will only be available for 48 hours after purchase. If you are unable to attend after 48 hours, we appreciate the courtesy of a cancellation to make tickets available to another attendee. If COVID restrictions result in the cancellation of this tour, full refunds will be available.

COVID Protocol: Masks are required regardless of vaccination status for all building interiors. See individual tour pages for specific details.

Questions? Please call our office at 414-277-7795.

What to Know about Booking Tickets 

There is no secret or trick to securing tickets, it is simply a matter of luck. If you are purchasing tickets for the first time or are trying to get on your most desired tour, here is the best advice we can offer:

First, take a look at the tours that are being offered. Prioritize the list and start with the tour you are most excited about.

Be sure you know the time and ticket total you need. Tours are listed in alphabetical order by day. Tour tickets are not reserved until payment is complete so be sure to have your payment information ready.

In reality, thousands of people are competing to fill a very limited number of tour slots, and this is why our staff works so hard to ensure the free buildings are varied from year to year. We want everyone to have a great experience whether they get tour tickets or not. We know the ticket buying process can be a bit tense, but we do our best to ensure the process is fair for all.