Doors Open Milwaukee to Feature 130+ Locations on September 23 & 24 this year

MILWAUKEE. WI– Historic Milwaukee’s annual Doors Open Milwaukee program will take place on September 23 and 24 this year. The event, which began in 2011, will showcase 130 locations including theaters, art galleries, museums, municipal buildings, gardens, and more throughout downtown and Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. Doors Open will welcome the return of favorite sites including We Energies’ Public Service Building, MGIC, and the Federal Courthouse. New sites include GRAEF, Mitchell Street Arts, The Garage at The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum Research Center in the historic Judge Jason Downer Mansion, Shechem at Hope Street, and many more.

“The Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is thrilled to participate in Doors Open Milwaukee. The event has always been a marvelous opportunity to show off one of the area’s most stunning examples of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. This year, we’re especially excited to be expanding our civics-education programming so that visitors can learn more about the important work of the federal courts,” said Jason Zimla, Property Manager of the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.

In addition to in-person tours, the public can download the Historic Milwaukee app and take new app-based tours featuring Lindsay Heights and Layton Boulevard, which will be available in English and Spanish. We are grateful for our partners at the Zilber Family Foundation, VIA CDC, Venice Williams, and Sharon Adams for making these tours possible. Our community partners help develop and narrate these neighborhood app tours. Kevin Solis, Outreach and Engagement Manager at VIA CDC had this to say, “VIA Community Development Corporation (CDC) welcomes the community to explore the rich history of Historic Layton Boulevard and the Layton Park neighborhood. Whether you’re a newcomer or a lifelong neighbor, this tour offers an opportunity to learn about the remarkable heritage and attractions that Historic Layton Boulevard has to offer.”

New to this year’s program, participants will be invited to explore Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and Doors Open sites using the Doors Open Bingo Card. This first ever Doors Open Milwaukee Bingo Card is being created in partnership with The Bindery using laser and letter press printing. Participants will have the chance to win prizes while exploring Milwaukee.

This year’s Doors Open will also showcase artists and musicians at several tour locations on Saturday, September 23. From 11 am – 3 pm, hear live musical performances at the War Memorial and Milwaukee Art Museum. The musical arrangements are composed for these spaces and will be performed by local musicians. Additionally, Artist Eats will offer a live show at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts at 2 pm. Artist Eats is a culture and travel series exploring neighborhoods through their local food and music scenes.

A special thank you the National Endowment of the Arts, for recognizing Doors Open with a $20,000 Art Works Design grant. Historic Milwaukee is grateful for the generous support from the following sponsors and grant funders: Zilber Family Foundation, Johnson Controls, Associated Bank, Fund for Lake Michigan, Northwestern Mutual, Reinhart, Veolia, We Energies Foundation, HGA, Milwaukee Downtown, Greenfire Management Services, Saint John’s On The Lake, Visit Milwaukee, Weathertight Corp, and Zimmerman. Thanks for the partnership of these in-kind sponsors: Access Contemporary Music, Artist Easts, Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee Kayak Co, and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

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