Historic Milwaukee now offers self-guided tours via mobile app!
Get the same great history you enjoy from our docent-led walking tours but explore Milwaukee's history and architecture whenever you like. We're continually adding new content so be sure to download the app today.
New for Doors Open Milwaukee 2021:
Avenues West: Situated just west of I-43 in the heart of Milwaukee, Avenues West is a neighborhood filled with historical mansions with the whispers of the Beer Barons who built this city, diverse businesses that attract tourists from across the nation and even the globe, and the urban campus of Marquette University full of lecture halls, student living, and historical landmarks. This tour will take you into the beginnings of Milwaukee as a Beer town, and walk you all the way to its future as a city with endless possibilities. Narrated by Keith Stanley, Near West Side Partners Executive Director.
This tour is made in collaboration with Near West Side Partners, Inc.
Silver City: Silver City has historically been, and continues to be, one of the most ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee.
Silver City históricamente ha sido, y sigue siendo, uno de los vecindarios con mayor diversidad étnica y racial de la Ciudad de Milwaukee.
Available in English and Spanish.
This tour was made possible with support from the Zilber Family Foundation.
Visiting Villard Avenue: Stretching from N. Teutonia Avenue to Sherman Boulevard, the Villard District is nestled in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic “Old North Milwaukee” neighborhood offering a rich local history. Celebrated as the original “downtown” of the Northside of Milwaukee, Villard Avenue boasts blocks of walkable streets, unique historic & cultural fabric, and prime retail space. Narrated by Angelique Sharpe, Villard Ave BID Director.
This tour was made possible with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Johnson Controls Foundation.
Diverse Downtown: Explore Milwaukee through a new lens - learn more about the Native Americans, women, and Black and Brown communities who shaped Milwaukee's downtown.
Exploring the Beerline Trail: The trail will take you through two of Milwaukee’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods – Riverwest and Harambee.
Explore Brady Street: Welcome to one of Milwaukee's most colorful, and storied neighborhoods, historic Brady Street. The tour will include architectural and historic sites, and perhaps most importantly, stories of the people who built this neighborhood and dwelled here through the years. Narrated by Keith Stachowiak.
Milwaukee Moderns: Explore the Postmodern, Brutalist and International style gems in Milwaukee's downtown.
North Point South Mansions: This tour will cover the far reaches of the Lower East Side. It includes the upper-class residential neighborhood between Water Tower and Back Bay Parks. The residential area contains the North Point South Historic District, perhaps Milwaukee's best example of an undisturbed and intact historic neighborhood which is about half a square mile.
Yankee Hill: Welcome to Yankee Hill! The neighborhood is bounded by Wisconsin Avenue on the south, Ogden Street on the north, Water Street on the west and Prospect Avenue on the east. This choice, pioneer location on a bluff, high above the surrounding swamp land and open to the cooling breezes off Lake Michigan, saw its period of growth from 1840-1910. Narrated by John Gurda, Historian.