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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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Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, 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
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 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. Its acoustics are considered to be among the best in Canada. During Doors Open, learn to play the violin, viola, or cello from our El Sistema Aeolian students, view an art exhibition, and take a tour.
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Anatolian Cultural Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
193 Homestead Crescent
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-781-5292
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Anatolian Cultural Centre’s Turkish Culture and Arts Workshop includes presentations of classical Anatolian marbling art, painting and music, an exhibition about Anatolian heritage, and video screenings. The centre invites visitors to engage in cultural programming that celebrates Turkish culture and heritage in London.
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Burridge Block

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
365 Talbot Street, Unit 200
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-858-9604
Year built: 1881
Architect: William A. Joanes
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore how one of London’s founding commercial districts has been reborn to support a cutting-edge digital marketing and web design firm. Digital Echidna is proud to welcome visitors who want to explore the unique, modern building that showcases this repurposes and revitalized architectural gem, and to learn about the history of London’s downtown core.
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Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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: Noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.; talks at 2 p.m. both days
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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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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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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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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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.

Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

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 Model Railroad

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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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French services available
Kid-friendly
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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!
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Polish Canadian Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
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.
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Western University - Medical Artifact Collection

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Lawson Hall, Western University
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-2111
Building type: Museum
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Medical Artifact Collection contains over 1,000 objects relating to the history of health and medicine in Ontario between 1800 and 1960, including such items as bloodletting kits, wooden prostheses, ultraviolet ray machines and amputation instruments. Come and see an exhibit of the collection’s highlights and tour the storage facility.