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Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Explore some traditional Doors Open Hamilton sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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Info from the City of Hamilton

Based on recommendations from the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, the City of Hamilton has cancelled all public gatherings and programs in their municipal facilities. These closures are being made to help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection in Hamilton and to protect our vulnerable populations and medical services.

We look forward to participating in Doors Open in 2021, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Doors Open Ontario!

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Auchmar Manor House Doors Open Hamilton

Auchmar Manor House

Auchmar was originally home to the honourable Isaac Buchanan (a local businessman and politician). Throughout the years, Auchmar has also been home to the Young family (local entrepreneurs), the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Hungarian Sisters of Social Service. During Digital Doors Open, discover the history of the house and listen to a short lecture on the past, present and future of the property. View a photo tour of Auchmar below. And explore virtual tours and stories of the house and its past inhabitants on their Instagram page. Check their Instagram page daily for new photos and stories!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle Doors Open Hamilton

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle

This Italianate-style villa was built in 1834 for Sir Allan MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers. Digital Doors Open lets you experience what life upstairs and downstairs was like at this grand country estate through this extensive online guided tour (Flash required) – including the grounds and gardens. Learn about the castle in the video below. And get some baking and gardening tips from costumed staff.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

610 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Architect: Robert Wetherell
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site

Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in a 160-year-old waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam-powered water pumping engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. During Digital Doors Open, explore the site through this informative virtual tour.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: steammuseum@hamilton.ca
www.hamilton.ca/steammuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1859
Architect: Thomas Coltrin Keefer
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Hamilton