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September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Doors Open London, in its 13th year, is one of the oldest host cities in Ontario.

This year’s event is themed on “I love culture” and will once again take place on the same weekend as the national celebration of culture. Local museums and cultural organizations will have special events/artifacts and public programming commemorating the First World War. The event will also invite Londoners and visitors to experience, explore and examine over 100 local arts, heritage and multicultural organizations’ activities and events throughout the city.

This unique two-day heritage event opens up spaces throughout London free of charge for local residents and visitors. It is a weekend designed to encourage local residents and visitors to explore, ask questions and reflect as they visit a variety of organizations and venues throughout the city. This vibrant program supports the local heritage community and builds civic pride.

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

From Museum London to Orchestra London, the main stage of The Grand Theatre to 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 through tours in museums, art galleries, theatres and other cultural hubs in London over this two-day weekend event.

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427 (London) Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association

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2155 Crumlin Side Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-0430
Year built: 1939-40
Building type: Military
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located on the grounds of the London International Airport, this historical building was constructed in 1940 as an airman's canteen where wartime personnel could relax and enjoy refreshments. Photographs of people, airplanes and events related to aviation will be on display. Guided tours will provide historical background.
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Aeolian Hall, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
795 Dundas Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-672-7950
Year built: 1883-84
Architect: August Durand
Building type: Theatre
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Constructed as the town hall for the former East London, this building served many purposes until it was refurbished as a musical performance centre. Experience the acoustics and ambience of one of Canada’s finest halls! Activities include historical tours, tours of the Gamelan room, and an art show featuring local artists. Enter to win free tickets to an upcoming show!
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Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Downtown Walking Tour

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 251 Dundas Street (London Heritage Council)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-645-2845
Saturday: one-hour tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. only; Sunday: one-hour tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. only; arrive early - tours leave on time
This one-hour walking tour will take participants along Dundas Street to learn about its vibrant and changing history. Particular reference will be made to buildings with cultural significance (beyond their architecture), such as the site where Paul Peel reputedly had his first art lessons, and a building once owned by singer Ronnie Hawkins.
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Art Gallery of Lambeth

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2454 Main Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-652-5556
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; painting classes at 1 and 3:30 p.m. both days
The Art Gallery of Lambeth features unique artwork from local artists. Instructors will take you on a painting journey and help you create a masterpiece step by step that you can then take home. During Doors Open, take a painting class. JAYDANCIN will demonstrate The Art of Soap Making. And they will also host Art in the Park.
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Art with Panache

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
140 Fullarton Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 226-378-2587
Architect: Old Oak Properties
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in the beautiful Talbot Centre at the corner of Fullarton and Talbot streets, London's thriving arts community and active clubs will be represented here. Artists, sculptors and artisans will talk about their works and encourage you to participate in tours, international food tastings and a living picture of what's going on in London's art world.
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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.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
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Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

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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!
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Boyle Memorial Community Centre

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530 Charlotte Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5575
Saturday only: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come experience the diverse cultures of Africa through arts, dance, music, language, fashion, food, exhibition and displays with the African Canadian Federation of London and Area (ACFOLA). Visitors can also participate in a fun-filled dance workshop that mixes popular and traditional styles, courtesy of Phat Dance Studio, from 1 to 2 p.m.
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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Brick Street Cemetery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-657-1964
Year built: c. 1813
Architect: Unknown
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and enjoy a stroll at your leisure or participate in a scavenger hunt. Check out the ground-penetrating radar analysis (which shows what’s underground without disturbing the graves). This year, too, the Grenadier Company of the Royal Scots will honour the veterans of the War of 1812. And, if you have any questions, ask the Friends of Brick Street Cemetery.
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Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
267 Dundas Street
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-488-2003
Year built: 1928
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stand amid the laureate portrait gallery and learn about remarkable Canadians and their contributions to medicine and health care in Canada and around the world. There will be self-guided and guided tours, as well as fun activities for kids. This site also features the Medical Artifacts Collection from Western University, onsite on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre

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656 Elizabeth Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-872-8446
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Come and experience this one-of-a-kind cultural mosaic that will transport you to seven different countries around the world – South Korea, the Philippines, Iran, South Africa, Afghanistan, Albania and Romania. Experience, learn and participate in these cultures through dance, music, craft, cuisine, exhibitions and interactive activities. This event promises to be a cultural experience that will appeal to all!
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Centre for Digital and Performance Arts, Fanshawe College

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
137 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-452-4430, ext. 6402
Year built: 2013
Architect: Tillman Ruth Robinson Architects
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fanshawe College invites you to discover what its Centre for Digital and Performance Arts has to offer. Visitors will see how students learn, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the new facility. The centre also provides students with opportunities in programs such as 3D Animation and Character Design, Interactive Media, Technical Costume Studies and Theatre Arts.
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Custom Art Metal Work

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20 Swinyard Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-438-2569
Style: Art moderne
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jaroslav-Jerry Vrabec – artist and site owner – has interests in the art of model making. Combined with his technical studies, he now dramatically combines new technology with art. His works encompass the art of smithing, welding, soldering, braising and sculpting various metals. During the Doors Open weekend, visitors can enjoy a studio tour and see the artist at work.
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Dance Steps Studio

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
275 Colborne Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-645-8515
Building type: Commercial
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In celebration of Doors Open London, Dance Steps Studio invites you to their open house. Come and dance with them! Drop in for free and fun workshops for various age groups. Watch a short demonstration by some of their dancers. And explore a display of photos and videos highlighting their 25 years as a studio in London.
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DNA Artspace

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123 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Year built: Established 2012
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The London Ontario Media Arts Association, operating out of DNA Artspace, is an emerging, enthusiastic and devoted non-profit artist-run collective fostering collaboration, investigation and innovation by tapping into the talent and serving the needs of media artists in the London region. Interactive workstations located within this studio will allow visitors to create hand-manipulated film strips, audio recordings and video production.
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Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre

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236 Dundas Street
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-266-4096
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre will host a workshop on the history of yoga and offer drop-in yoga classes throughout this Doors Open event. An eco-friendly place, the centre will also provide helpful tips on recycling and eco-friendly products for everyday living.
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East Lions Artisans Centre

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1731 Churchill Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-659-6440
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The East Lions Artisans Centre, a gathering place for people interested in the processes and methods for creating yarns and fabrics, welcomes Doors Open visitors to take a guided tour and learn about spinning and weaving. Classes and workshops at beginning and advanced levels, as well as demonstrations, celebrate many varieties of fibre arts.
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First World War

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."
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First World War

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1424 Clarke Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-457-1296
Year built: 1959
Architect: Wilfrid Jury
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Victorian
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village tells the story of rural life in Middlesex County from 1820-1920. See the village come alive through demonstrations of 19th-century trades, domestic chores and social pastimes by costumed interpreters and experience a vintage baseball game on Sunday. Fanshawe Pioneer Village will also highlight the First World War centenary by providing visitors the opportunity to tour a trench.
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Featherbone Place

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387 Clarence Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-852-1984
Year built: 1893
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Built in 1893 for the Featherbone Corset Company, this building has been home to many of London’s manufacturing and retail locations. See London’s oldest working elevator. Meet London artists working on downtown projects; discuss their vision and mediums. Participants can add their own design to a canvas that will be displayed in the front window during the building’s restoration.
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First World War

First Hussars Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Year built: 1880-81
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m
The First Hussars Museum, one of the last remaining original buildings at the Forks of the Thames, illustrates the history of the regiment. During Doors Open, activities at the museum will include guided tours of the exhibits depicting the colourful history of the regiment (including the First World War) and through interpreters wearing various uniforms from Canada's military past.
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German Canadian Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Cove Road
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-433-2901
Year built: 1953
Sunday only: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The original building at this site was a Canadian Armed Forces shooting range, but it was bought and reconstructed in 1951 by the German Canadian Club. Visitors are invited to engage in tours and exhibits. Come and experience "Gemütlichkeit" (German coziness) with live music, ballroom dancing and German cuisine.
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Grand Theatre, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
471 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-672-9030
Year built: 1901
Architect: J.M. Wood
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to Noon; Sunday: 10 a.m. to Noon
Visitors this year will be able to tour the props and wardrobe shops, as well as other backstage areas. In the McManus Studio Theatre, a photo booth will be available, and people of all ages can try on costumes from past productions and have their pictures taken. Props and costumes from past seasons will be on display in the lobby.
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Grosvenor Lodge

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1017 Western Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-645-2845
Year built: 1853
Architect: Samuel and Ann Peters
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and experience the Country Arts and Crafts Fair at one of London's oldest buildings – with food, various activities and an arts and crafts show and sale. This Gothic revival Victorian house was built by Samuel and Ann Peters in 1853. There will be a historical display in the lodge, along with children’s activities and guided tours.
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HMCS Prevost

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
19 Becher Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-660-5296
Year built: 1953
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Military, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors will be allowed access to the Naval Reserve Division in London, HMCS Prevost. Small group tours will be offered throughout the day. Visitors may also visit HMCS Prevost Naval Memorial Park and view the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial and the deck gun from the HMCS Fraser.
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Jet Aircraft Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2465 Aviation Lane
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-457-1329
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Doors Open at the Jet Aircraft Museum will include displays of numerous aircraft and, weather permitting, some flying demonstrations. The maintenance shop will be open to visitors. Also featured will be two racing hydroplanes, Tempo VII and Miss Supertest III. A barbecue lunch will be available both days.
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Kiwanis Seniors Community Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
78 Riverside Drive
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5740
Sunday only: 1 to 5 p.m.
Come and experience a taste of the Latin American culture of London, featuring the Canadian Latin American Association. Visitors can engage in music, folk dance, food and friends. This event will be a cultural experience for all ages.
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London Children's Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
21 Wharncliffe Road South
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-5726
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit Canada’s first children’s museum during Doors Open and create inspired artwork or go star gazing in the star lab. Learn about your immune system, germs and the work of Canadian scientist/immunologist Tak Mak. The site will also feature multidisciplinary art collaboration by CARABANTU Canada (Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.). Musical instruments, art materials and snacks will be provided.
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London Chinese Cultural Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1701 Trafalgar Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-451-0760
Year built: 1987
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The London Chinese Cultural Centre welcomes visitors to experience a variety of Chinese cultural performances, enjoy workshops and demonstrations in Chinese calligraphy and painting, and sample mouth-watering, authentic Chinese cuisine.

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London Clay Art Centre

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664 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-1664
Year built: opened 1896
Style: Victorian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful, restored 1890s building. Visitors will have the chance to view working artists, and watch demonstrations – including a pottery wheel. Events for children include a clay activity table. Also at this site, hear artists from the London Poetry Slam and recite some of your own poetry on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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London Convention Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
300 York Street, 2nd floor ballroom
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-6200
Building type: Commercial
Sunday only: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; world dance workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; drama workshop from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.; Light of East Ensemble performances from 2 to 3 p.m.; hip hop workshop from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Visit the London Convention Centre during Doors Open and participate in hip hop, world dance and drama workshops for 10-14 year olds, enjoy performances by the Light of East Ensemble, explore the Gallery Painting Group’s artists/works, interact with mural artist Tracy Root, and take a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the kitchens with the Centre’s executive chef David Van Eldik.
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London Fire Station No. 4

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
807 Colborne Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-4565
Year built: 1909
Architect: Arthur E. Nutter
Style: Italianate
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Educators and fire prevention inspectors will provide information about fire safety and give children colouring books and stickers relating to it. The in-service crew of a fire captain and three firefighters will provide guided tours of Engine No. 4 and the firehouse – when they are not responding to alarms. Firefighters will even slide down the fire pole!
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London International Airport

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1750 Crumlin Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-452-4015
Year built: 1969
Building type: Commercial, Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Experience the characteristics that make our airport easy and comfortable! Walk through the terminal or visit a static display including jets, helicopters, small aircraft and other equipment that assists with airport functions. Travel through time, explore antique travel artifacts and take photos wearing old hats at a new exhibit about Fanshawe Pioneer Village, in partnership with the London Heritage Council.
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London Life Insurance Company

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
255 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-435-4268
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year, London Life presents rare and entertaining films from the company’s archives. Visitors will be treated to extremely rare "soundies" – the 1940s equivalent of today's popular music videos (11 a.m.), fun and campy 1940s-era mental hygiene films (1 p.m.), a hilarious Hollywood-produced training film on telephone etiquette (2 p.m.), with a reprise of the soundies at 3 p.m.
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London Model Railroad

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69 Holborn Avenue
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-1491
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors to the Lake Erie International building will immediately be drawn to a fully operational O-scale railway containing over 1,524 metres (5,000 feet) of hand-built track, laid using thousands of railroad spikes. Come and witness steam and diesel engines pulling passenger and freight trains. Three circus trains, an operating trolley, and a narrow-gauge railway will also be on display.
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London Muslim Mosque

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151 Oxford Street West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-439-9541
Year built: Original building 1957; expansion 2010
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tour the recently expanded mosque, have your name written in Arabic calligraphy, decorate your hands with an artistic henna tattoo, and learn how the headscarf (hijab) is wrapped in various styles. New this year is a mini-bazaar, featuring products made by local entrepreneurs and cuisine from different cultures!
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London Police Service Headquarters

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
601 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5670
Year built: 1974
Architect: Nichole Schoales Ream McBain
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last admittance at 3:30 p.m. each day
London Police Service auxiliary officers will provide guided tours of their newly expanded and renovated headquarters. Visitors will tour the classrooms used for academic training, fitness centre, firing range, garage (with the vehicles used by London’s police services) and the communications room where all dispatches occur – as well as more general areas where seized weapons can be viewed.
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London Ukrainian Centre

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247 Adelaide Street South
London , Ontario
Telephone: 519-686-9811
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The London Ukrainian Centre invites the London community to enjoy traditional Ukrainian food, dance, music and songs. An exhibit of Ukrainian costumes and crafts will show the richness of Ukrainian heritage and culture, as preserved by the London Ukrainian community.
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London Waldorf School

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7 Beaufort Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-858-8862
Year built: 2004
Architect: Stephen Mawdsley
Style: Art moderne
Building type: Attraction, Transportation, Green building
Saturday only: 1 to 5 p.m.
During Doors Open, exhibits at this site will trace the founding of Waldorf schools in Europe after the First World War as a form of cultural renewal.Guided and self-guided tours will occur throughout the day. This site also features music sung in barbershop style by the Sweet Adelines, with costumed performers from 1 to 2 p.m.
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Marconi Club of London

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120 Clarke Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-7950
Year built: 1960s
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Sunday only: Noon to 8 p.m.
Experience “la bella vita” for a day at the Marconi Club of London with performances, cuisine, painting, dancing, poetry and story-telling. Visitors will experience interactive Italian folk dancing, pizza cooking classes for the entire family, pasta and dolce-making demonstrations, folk choir performances and children’s crafts.
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Middlesex London Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
340 Waterloo Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-679-5466
Year built: 1956
Style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The EMS headquarters houses six ambulances that are ready to respond to an emergency call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Take a tour of the ambulance station and explore operating ambulances. Participate in talks on first aid and CPR awareness. And view educational displays on the history of EMS.  Fun activities for all ages!
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Museum London

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421 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-0333
Year built: 1980
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Museum
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.
Museum London promotes the knowledge and enjoyment of art, culture and history. Join a guided tour of the new storage area, which features a selection of artworks by notable regional and Canadian artists such as Paul Peel, the Group of Seven, Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe. Drop in for art making at the Imagination Station themed around “I Love Culture.”
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Museum of Ontario Archaeology

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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!
Kid-friendly

North London Optimist Community Centre

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1345 Cheapside Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-643-0052
Saturday only: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year, the community centre is focusing on South Asian heritage. Participants will have an opportunity to browse a variety of cultural displays, chat with people about their heritage and culture, sample and purchase delicious South Asian cuisine, and enjoy a full day of musical and dance performances (including Bollywood) and interesting demonstrations.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Polish Canadian Club

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554 Hill Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-2576
Building type: Food and drink
Sunday only: 2 to 8 p.m.
The Polish National Association was founded in 1920 by Polish immigrants determined to enjoy their new country while upholding their Polish culture. Experience this culture with performances by the Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble, mouth-watering Polish cuisine, special exhibits featuring Poland’s rich history, art and literature, and join in traditional Polish dancing.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Queens Park

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Queens Park, Western Fair District, near 900 King Street
London, Ontario
Year built: 1927
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located beside the Farmers and Artisans Market, Queens Park is “The Heart of Old East Village.” This year, the fifth annual LOOK Fest (Locally Organized Organic Knowledge) will be held here, showcasing art, music and London's rich and inspiring culture. Community collaboration based on culturally influenced action results when the arts join forces with environmental and social justice programs.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
First World War

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

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701 Oxford Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-660-5102
Year built: 1886-88
Architect: Henry James
Style: Italianate
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of this museum and grounds, view vehicles on static display and experience re-enactments of the First World War. Re-enactments will take place between 1 and 2 p.m. both days. Static displays will be available all day both days, including those from the 31 Canadian Brigade Group at Wolseley Barracks.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Secrets of Radar Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
931 Western Counties Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-691-5922
Year built: 1900-45
Architect: Unknown
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The history of radar goes back to the search for a "death ray!" Visit this unique museum and explore this exciting history. Enjoy "radar popcorn" and beverages. Talk to knowledgeable staff about Second World War radar and the men and women who made it happen. Discover how your microwave oven uses radar. Also, learn about ham radio, with live demonstrations.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

The ARTS Project

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
203 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-642-2767
Year built: 1865
Style: Victorian
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
The ARTS Project is a non-profit art gallery, theatre and studio space for artists, bringing arts and culture to London’s downtown core by providing the space and means for artists to create and display their work. Visitors are welcome to view the resident artist show, featuring the work of the 11 artists that use the space.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

VibraFusionLab

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
357 Talbot Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-859-8072
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VibraFusionLab will offer Doors Open visitors the opportunity to consider sound as a form of vibration. Participants will rediscover the sense of touch and feel how vibration can actually be another way of communicating. The Lab will also feature a variety of vibro-tactile chairs, pillows and wearable fashions that allow us to experience and enjoy sound as vibration.