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October 01, 2016 - October 02, 2016

Doors Open London – in its 15th year – is one of the oldest Doors Open communities in Ontario. This weekend-long free event covers a broad spectrum of culture and heritage in the community.

No matter what you're interested in, there's something for everyone to discover – from cultural events and tours of hidden gems to an assortment of museums. Doors Open London is about exploring new possibilities.

With zones spread throughout the city, you'll find something in your own backyard or be adventurous and branch out into unfamiliar territory. From art to architecture, history to modern-day technology, music and performances to the spoken word, there's a world of culture and heritage waiting for you to explore this weekend!
London, Ontario is an urban centre with a population of approximately 365,000. It is unique in that it is a major urban centre that geographically sits in the midst of several rural communities that comprise southwestern Ontario. As such, London is a central place of urban activity for several smaller communities surrounding the city.

Doors Open London events target not only residents of London, but also visitors to London, coming from the rural areas surrounding the city and beyond. London is primarily an English-speaking community, with a growing population of diverse cultures – 22 per cent of London's population is made up of different ethnic groups. London also has a French-speaking community. Spanish and Arabic are the other two major languages spoken in London.

London Heritage Council doesn't directly recruit volunteers for this event weekend.

People interested in volunteering for this event are encouraged to directly contact participating sites and organizations for volunteering opportunities.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

1st 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 1st Hussars Museum, one of the last remaining original buildings at the Forks of the Thames, illustrates the history of the regiment. During Doors Open, see a group of students dressed in various uniforms from Canada’s military past. Don’t miss visiting the regiment troopers and exploring a present-day regiment vehicle.
Parking
Full wheelchair access

Custom Art Metal Work

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Swinyard Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-438-2569
Style: Art moderne
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 2 to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jaroslav-Jerry Vrabec, artist and site owner, is interested in the art of model making. He dramatically combines new technology with the old arts of smithing, welding, soldering, braising and sculpting various metals. During a behind-the-scenes visit, observe the process and tools he uses, and see prototypes and samples.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

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 to 1920. Experience the past as it comes alive in this heritage village through demonstrations of 19th-century trades, domestic chores and social pastimes by costumed interpreters. There will be hands-on activities and interactive fun for kids of all ages.
Parking
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.
Take a guided tour with a retired fire officer and a tour of Engine No. 4 led by members of the in-service crew when they are not responding to alarms. Learn about fire safety, and bring the kids for free colouring books and stickers. Firefighters will even slide down the fire pole!
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

London Research and Development Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1391 Sandford Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-953-6689
Year built: 1895
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The centre brings its extensive experience in crop protection research to the agri-food industry in southern Ontario, and conducts research in the areas of genomics, biotechnology and integrated pest management. Take a guided tour through the centre. Enjoy fun, interactive science displays and hands-on activities for kids. Plant a bean and tour the experimental farm.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available
Self-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: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The London Roundhouse, built in 1887 for the Michigan Central Railroad, is London’s only remaining steam locomotive shop. Take a self-guided tour and learn about 130 years of history in the South of Horton (SoHo) neighbourhood, as well as the renovation of the facility. Exhibits of photos from the 19th and 20th centuries will be displayed throughout this unique space.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Ontario's medical science and innovation

St. John Ambulance

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
741 King Street
London, Ontario
Year built: 1981
Architect: Breivik Scorgie
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; barbecue from noon to 2 p.m.
St. John Ambulance, a national organization with branches nationwide, has a proud tradition of volunteer work. Discover the organization’s history through exhibits and demonstrations. Enjoy a lunchtime fundraiser barbecue from Noon to 2 p.m. Watch a Medical First Response demonstration at 2 p.m. and a search-and-rescue presentation at 3 p.m. London Celebrates Canada will host exhibits and children’s activities.