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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.

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Self-guided tours available

121 Studios

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
121 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-636-0783
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit UnLondon’s 121 Studios, located in the former Fodemesi Shoes building and discover London’s newest digital media production and community workspace. Explore an exciting array of interactive digital media installations, art and music.
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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: 10 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 take you through this beautiful local landmark, explaining the history of its growth and renovations throughout the years. Meet Roland, the resident ghost, and see one of London's best-kept literary and cultural treasures.
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Partial wheelchair access
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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 here. 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 had the idea that led to his discovery of insulin. Learn about the life and career of one of the most celebrated international heroes!
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

Centre Communautaire Régional de London

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
920 Huron Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-1977
Saturday only: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bienvenue! Come and browse informative booths about French services in London and learn about francophone culture. Shop for French fine goods, sample and purchase delicious French cuisine and enjoy French music, art, dance and theatre performances.
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Partial wheelchair access
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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.
Visit Eldon House and take a self-guided tour of the oldest remaining residence in London. Tour the gardens and see gallery painters on the south lawn, as well as an arts and crafts show on the west lawn. Fine arts and goods will be available for purchase.
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Jewish Community Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
536 Huron Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-3310
Year built: 1983
Style: Vernacular
Sunday only: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come to the Jewish Community Centre and see the holiday showcase. Learn about different Jewish holidays while trying delicious treats – challah for Shabbat, hamantaschen for Purim, matzah for Passover, latkes for Hanukkah and more! Listen to live musical performances by the Jewish Community Choir. Learn about Jewish services available in London and speak with different organizations.
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Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available

London Roundhouse, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
240 Waterloo Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-438-9064
Year built: 1887
Architect: Samuel Peters/Spier and Rohn
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday only: London Poetry Slam, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and musical performances, from Noon to 1 p.m.
Come visit this unique space and explore almost 130 years of SoHo history. Enjoy guided tours and historical talks about this restored steam locomotive engine house and experience interactive exhibits. On Saturday, listen to the London Poetry Slam and enjoy musical performances by members of the former London Orchestra.
Partial wheelchair access
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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, interpreters of London’s past.
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Full wheelchair access
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French services available
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Ontario's sport heritage

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 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 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 playing lacrosse!
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Partial wheelchair access

Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc.

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
358 Talbot Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-1190
Year built: 1900-45
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc. designed the renovation for their new home, they preserved an existing heritage space while creating a modern office environment that experimented with raw material, texture and natural light. Visitors will be able to tour this unique heritage space, glimpse into the world of architecture, and explore other projects designed by the firm.
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Full wheelchair access
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Kid-friendly

UnLab

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
999 Collip Circle, Convergence Centre, University of Western Ontario Research Park
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-636-0783
Year built: Built after 1945
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors to the UnLondon UnLab will be able to experience and create a variety of projects and digital media activities. See a 3D printer in action and print your own object! Learn about electronics, microprocessors and soldering or engrave and cut with a laser cutter!