For the first time ever, Doors Open Milwaukee presents an opportunity to see the inner workings of notable locations throughout the metro area. Free and open to the public, participants can choose to go through the buildings on self-guided tours or take one of the many in-depth tours given by expert guides.
The Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library will have behind-the-scene mini guided tours running on the quarter hour, with the last guided tour at 4 p.m. This is your chance to see the top of Central Library's dome, the millions of books stored in the library's tiers, and the beautiful Old Board Room!
- Rotunda Dome: Climb the stairs to the top of the dome for fun facts and architectural features. Take the Wisconsin Avenue rotunda elevator to the 3rd floor to meet the tour guide.
- 4th Floor Attic: Learn about the Milwaukee Public Museum's history in the Central Library. Tours begin at the public elevators outside of the Betty Brinn Children's Room.
- Old Board Room: See the beautiful hand-carved fireplace and other fabulous features. Tours begin outside the Bookseller Used Book Store and M Cafe.
- 3 T: Learn about the basement tiers, the millions of books they hold, and the Drive-Up service. Tours begin at the Information Service Desk, 1st floor, near Wells Street Entrance.
Don't forget to check out our booklist on local architecture and see a listing of the free Doors Open Milwaukee history talks at Centennial Hall here: http://www.mpl.org/file/doorsopen_index.html