10 New Sites at Doors Open Milwaukee This Year

Doors Open Milwaukee kicks off this weekend.

After a year virtually touring monuments, cultural attractions and concert halls on Zoom, it’s a treat to actually step inside wow-worthy buildings. Hosted and organized by Historic Milwaukee, Inc., 70 of the Doors Open Milwaukee locations are free, with no tickets or reservations needed. Additional online tours are available to view Sept. 25-Oct.3. Note that masks are required due to current COVID-19 policies and some require vaccination (indicated on the event’s website).

To prep your route, print out or download to your smartphone this PDF of sites, which lists addresses and hours for each. Some are only open one of the two days, and not all hours are the same.

From a farm to a rock-climbing gym, here are 10 sites that are new this year.

1. Adventure Rock WKP

613 S. 2ND ST.

In 2020, the third location for this rock-climbing gym (others are in Brookfield and in Milwaukee’s Brewers Hill) transformed the former Milwaukee Brewing Company into a vibrant, 15,000-square-foot space dominated by jagged-edge boulders, with Johnson Schmaling Architects shepherding the design.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 pm, Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Adventure Rock in Walker’s Point; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

 

 

2. Adams Garden Park

1836 W. FOND DU LAC AVE.

Restoration of a vacant building into this “green” hub promoting eco-minded jobs and conservation efforts by providing office space for those groups as well as co-working space for concerned citizens debuted in 2020.

Saturday: Noon-4 p.m.

Adams Garden Park; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

3. Collaborative Farm

5500 W. SILVER SPRING DR.

The North Side farm’s mission is to teach others how to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as raise animals, in an urban setting, with a kitchen, coffee shop and research space, on the former Growing Power site led by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Will Allen.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Collaborative Farm; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

4. Dead Bird Brewing Co.

1726 N. 5TH ST.

While founded in 2015, Wisconsin’s only vegan brewery opened at its current location in late 2019, with Edison bulbs dangling from the ceiling and a raw, industrial vibe within a former warehouse.

Saturday: Noon-5 p.m., Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.

Dead Bird Brewing; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

5. MARN ART + CULTURE HUB

191 N. BROADWAY

Home to the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network’s new location (as of earlier this year), this meeting place for creatives includes an art gallery, FOMA Coffee and Wine Bar, artist marketplace and innovation studio.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

MARN ART + CULTURE HUB; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

6. Milwaukee Robotics Academy

3063 N. FRATNEY ST.

Fostering a place for youth to deeply dive into STEM careers, the academy in Riverwest hosts no-cost summer workshops and year-round robotics programming, often a costly endeavor.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

7. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Bradley Symphony Center

200 W. WISCONSIN AVE.

The long-awaited new home for the MSO inside the former Warner Grand Theater includes a 1,650-seat theater, merging modern acoustics with a 1930s aesthetic, led by Kahler Slater Architects.

Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Bradley Symphony Center; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

8. Oriental Theatre 

2230 N. FARWELL AVE.

Fresh off its latest restoration, this 1927 East Side movie theater – home to the Milwaukee Film Festival – features Moorish, Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements.

Saturday: Noon-5 p.m., Sunday: Noon- 5 p.m.

Oriental Theatre; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

9. Rozga Family South Side Settlement Museum

707 W. LINCOLN AVE.

The first immigrants to Milwaukee’s South Side hailed from Poland and, in more recent years, are Latinos. This museum merges the two group’s stories through exhibits, including a miniature version of the popular Polish flat, common housing during the Great Depression.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 pm

10. Urban Ecology Center Washington Park

1859 N. 40TH ST.

Within the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed, 135-acre park this outpost of the first Urban Ecology Center (in Riverside Park on Milwaukee’s East Side) coaches kids (and adults) about science and conservation through a 560-gallon fish tank, workshops, hikes and more, with canoeing in summer and skating in winter.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park; Photo via Doors Open Milwaukee

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.