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September 26, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Doors Open London is a two-day event that opens up spaces and offers activities throughout London – free of charge – for local residents and visitors. In its 14th year, this signature event has become widely recognized as a weekend of communal gathering, celebration and recognition for London’s heritage sector – featuring hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, etc. working in their community.

In keeping with this year’s provincial theme for Doors Open, the event weekend will also raise awareness of the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games by providing Londoners and visitors with opportunities to participate in the celebrations. Throughout the weekend, this year’s Doors Open London will showcase people, places and events that have been influential to the history of sport in London, while increasing knowledge of and pride in London’s sport heritage, and connecting with diverse communities in new and exciting ways.

Join us for Doors Open London! Fun for the whole family!

London is nestled in the heart of southwestern Ontario near the forks of the Thames River. It is home to the region’s economic, entertainment and cultural hub. London is Canada’s 11th-largest city and an ideal environment to work, play and live. London established its creative roots early and, over the years, London has nurtured a cultural heart and soul that has produced great Canadian talent in both the visual and performing arts.

From Museum London and Orchestra London to the main stage of The Grand Theatre, from Storybook Gardens and the London Regional Children’s Museum to East Park and Fanshawe Pioneer Village, culture thrives in nearly every corner of the city. Doors Open London will provide an opportunity for all Londoners and visitors to access, discover, celebrate and learn in the many tours in museums, art galleries, theatres and other cultural hubs over this two-day weekend event.

Note: London Heritage Council does not directly recruit volunteers for this event. Volunteers are directly recruited by participating sites and organizations.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Attic Books

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
240 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-7277
Year built: c. 1875
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; guided tours available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
Experience history as tour guides provide visitors with a closer look at antiquarian books. Meet our basement ghost, check out exhibits and meet Dan Mezza, a local bookbinder. Artist Cheryl Radford and author Kym Wolfe will talk about the process of creating and marketing their book, Barhopping Into History: London, Ontario. Talks will occur at Noon and 2 p.m.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
442 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-1752
Year built: 1900
Style: Queen Anne
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The defining moment in the discovery of insulin occurred at this site. Visitors are introduced to Frederick Banting through a self-guided tour, enhanced with commentary from experienced guides. Highlights include his art and the bedroom where he conceived the idea that led to his discovery of insulin. Experience the life and career of one of our most celebrated international heroes!
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Eldon House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
481 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5169
Year built: 1834
Style: Georgian
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors to Eldon House (London’s oldest residence) during Doors Open will be able to take tours of the museum and interpretive centre. Two exhibitions will be on display themed to the War of 1812 and the Great War. Family-friendly activities and garden walks will also be available. Local artist Bonnie Muder will speak about and exhibit her "Great War Paintings."
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Middlesex County Administration Office

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
399 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-7321
Year built: 1829
Architect: John Ewart
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
London's first permanent building and most recognizable landmark opened in 1829 as the District Courthouse and Gaol. It was modelled after Malahide Castle in Ireland. Visit the old courtroom and an original block of cells, including one for solitary confinement. Theatre Nemesis will also introduce you to several of London’s Odd Souls, historical interpreters from London’s past.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1600 Attawandaron Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-473-1360
Year built: 1981
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This unique museum is dedicated to the study, display and interpretation of the human occupation of southwestern Ontario over the past 11,000 years. Explore the gallery and special exhibits, and visit the Lawson Village to discover what life was like in London’s earliest settlement. Learn archaeological techniques and have fun with games and crafts!