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A New Way to Explore Doors Open Milwaukee

The popular event moves online
Posted at 11:00 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 12:00:13-04

Usually at this time of year locals and out-of-towners are busy exploring the architecture and history of our great city with Historic Milwaukee's Door's Open event. After evaluating all possible options for hosting Doors Open this fall, Historic Milwaukee made the difficult decision to host the 10th annual program virtually. The Virtual Doors Open will take place from September 26 – October 11, 2020. This is the safest option for visitors, volunteers, and sites.

Although this year may look a little different, there are many ways to explore the city safely online!

Online Building Tours: Over 50 Milwaukee buildings that typically open for in-person tours during this event will showcase their sites through photos, videos, and 360 virtual reality tours. Visitors will also be invited on virtual tours of Fund for Lake Michigan Water Passport sites and explore the relationship between Milwaukee’s water and the city’s industrial, commercial, civic, and residential development.

Self-Guided Neighborhood Activities: Historic Milwaukee is developing a neighborhood activity booklet designed by artist Erick “CK” Ledesma. The booklet will feature interactive activities for the whole family and highlight 16 Milwaukee neighborhoods with recommendations of places to visit there.

Live virtual tour and Q&A of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’ new home the Bradley Symphony Center, with MSO President & Executive Director Mark Niehaus.

Virtual tour and live Q&A for Historic Milwaukee members with actor and storyteller John McGivern on September 31.

Art activity with Artists Working in Education featuring the Silver City Neighborhood.

In-depth virtual neighborhood tours of Clarke Square, Lindsay Heights, and Thurston Woods · Live program with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service featuring eight neighborhood stories on October 1.

Musical performances with Access Contemporary Music featuring Milwaukee City Hall and Wisconsin Black Historical Society.

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the city many of us call home, you can even invite friends to take a virtual tour with you! To learn more about the events offered throughout Doors Open visit