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London

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Doors Open London (DOL) is the City of London's largest collective celebration of history, heritage and culture. In its 17th year, DOL is one of the longest-running community celebrations in Ontario. This year's event will be themed on History comes alive in London. Come and explore and learn about London's heritage and hidden gems through re-enactments, live theatre, pop-up interactive plays or other interactive performances.

This unique two-day event is designed for visitors to discover the city, ask questions and reflect as they travel to London’s meaningful places. Sites will be open for exploration free of charge for local residents and visitors. This annual 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 behind the scenes.

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Community information

London, Ontario is an urban centre with a population of approximately 365,000. London is unique in the fact that it is a major urban centre that geographically sits in the midst of several rural communities that make up southwestern Ontario. Thus, 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 from the rural areas surrounding the city and beyond. London is primarily an English-speaking community, with a growing population of diverse cultures. Twenty-two per cent of London's population is made up of different ethnic groups. London does also have a French-speaking community. Spanish and Arabic are the other two major languages spoken in London.

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Become a volunteer

The London Heritage Council does not coordinate volunteers. Various sites throughout London will recruit and coordinate their own volunteers. If you wish to volunteer for Doors Open London, we recommend that you contact the sites directly.

Event weekend volunteer roles are varied, such as providing guided tours of the site, managing crowds, managing the artists/performers as they perform through the weekend, and performing dance, music and/or historical re-enactments.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-930-2140
Email: dghosh@london.ca
Website: www.londonheritage.ca

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427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum Doors Open London

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum

Enjoy self-guided and guided tours of more than 100 different models of aircraft, as well as a variety of historical and aviation-related photographs. Explore and learn the history of the London airport and early flights. Try the self-operated computer flight simulators for children and adults. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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  • Self-guided tours available

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2155 Crumlin Side Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-455-0430
Email: info@427wing.com
www.427wing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1939-40
Building type: Green building, Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aeolian Hall Doors Open London

Aeolian Hall

Come and experience the unique ambience of one of Canada's top acoustic halls. Take a guided tour through the historical Donor Room, where guests can enjoy classical and jazz music. Wander through the catacombs and learn about the 135-year history of the Hall. Or enjoy a drink on the patio while watching for one of the Hall’s famous ghosts.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

795 Dundas Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-672-7950
Email: info@aeolianhall.ca
www.aeolianhall.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architect: George F. Durrand
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

Attic Books Doors Open London

Attic Books

Enjoy a tour of a local literary landmark and learn about antiquarian books and printing. Attend a talk given by Jennifer Grainger, author of From the Vault: A Photo-History of London to 1950 and Early London 1826-1914, and learn about London's past. Meet Dan Mezza, a local bookbinder, and Jennifer Robertson from Books and Paper Conservation Services and see demonstrations.

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  • Kid-friendly
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  • Self-guided tours available

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240 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-7277
Email: info@atticbooks.ca
www.atticbooks.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1875
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
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

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada Doors Open London

Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

Experience the life and career of one of our most celebrated international heroes, and the man voted Canada’s fourth-greatest Canadian – Frederick Banting. Enjoy a self-guided tour with commentary from volunteers. See the bedroom where Banting conceived his idea that led to the discovery of insulin. View exhibits devoted to his art and service during both World Wars.

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

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442 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-673-1752
Email: banting@diabetes.ca
https://bantinghousenhsc.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brick Street Cemetery Doors Open London

Brick Street Cemetery

Take a stroll through one of London’s oldest pioneer cemeteries and enjoy theatrical presentations that bring history to life. Meet some of the earliest settlers south of the River Thames: American colonists fleeing the Revolution, British soldiers taking up land grants, and Scots and Irish in search of a better life. Children can also enjoy a scavenger hunt!

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1813
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: 1 to 7 p.m. (peformances at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.); Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (performances at 1 and 3 p.m.)

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, The Doors Open London

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, The

Stand amid the laureate portrait gallery and watch a video or read about over 100 remarkable Canadians and their contributions to medicine and health care. Explore fascinating exhibits featuring ground-breaking medical discoveries. Activities for kids include puzzles that highlight the importance of teamwork and scavenger hunts. Self-guided tour books are available, and there are also mini guided tours.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

267 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-488-2003
www.cdnmedhall.org

Architecture

Year built: 1928

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Art Centre Doors Open London

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City Art Centre

Come and experience firsthand an Ontario heritage building as a living, breathing piece of history. Visitors will delight in a tour of this artists' studio and gallery, as well as participate in a fun and creative workshop. There will be food and beverages available in a friendly, welcoming environment – with the opportunity to purchase works of art.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

652 Elizabeth Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-433-0991
Email: cityartcentrelondon@gmail.com
www.cityartcentre-londonontario.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architect: Henry James

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

Don Wright Faculty of Music Doors Open London

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Don Wright Faculty of Music

Enjoy a guided tour of Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music – including performance, rehearsal and research spaces – and watch the New Horizons Adult Band rehearse. As London prepares to welcome the 2019 JUNO Awards, come and learn more about Western's long musical history in education, research, performance and composition.

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  • Kid-friendly
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1151 Richmond Street North (Talbot College and Music Building, Western University)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-3767
Email: musicevents@uwo.ca
http://music.uwo.ca

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Eldon House Doors Open London

Eldon House

Visit London’s oldest residence and view the family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris family. Tour the house and participate in a garden party on the grounds, with historical games and lemonade. Garden tours will occur at 1 and 3 p.m. daily. Or join the London Dance Festival in learning historical dances typical for a 19th-century garden party.

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

Contact info

481 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5169
Email: info@eldonhouse.ca
www.eldonhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.; garden tours at 1 and 3 p.m. each day

Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club Doors Open London

Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club

This club is often referred to as the hidden gem of Wortley Village. Come and learn about the club’s history through a tactile exhibit. A knowledgeable club member will give an overview of the game and hold a question-and-answer period. Then, go outside and try the sport of lawn bowling yourself, with a member coach to give you helpful tips!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

17 1/2 Edward Street (Wortley Village)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-438-5695
www.elmwoodclub.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

Elsie Perrin Williams Estate Doors Open London

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Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

Take a guided tour of this Spanish colonial-style house, which was given to Elsie Perrin Williams by her father as a wedding gift in 1905. Walk through rooms that will be set up as they were in Elsie’s day, and then enjoy a series of short vignettes depicting episodes in the life of Elsie and her husband.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

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101 Windermere Road West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-6620
Email: hlfelsie@execulink.com
http://elsieperrinwilliamsestate.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914-18
Architect: John Moore
Architectural style: Romanesque revival

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (showtimes at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University Doors Open London

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University

Take a guided tour and learn about the historical and architectural significance of Western’s University College. Enjoy mini-performances on stage by Theatre Studies students. Then dive into the costume collection and take to the stage as your favourite literary character. Medieval and Renaissance costumes and props will be on hand for plenty of lively play to inspire future young thespians!

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

University College, Western University
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-2111, ext. 82200
Email: jo.jennings@uwo.ca
http://uwo.ca/arts

Architecture

Year built: 1922
Architect: John M. Moore
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fanshawe Downtown Doors Open London

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Fanshawe Downtown

Explore Fanshawe’s downtown campus! This is the public’s first opportunity to visit the newest Fanshawe building, located at 130 Dundas Street. Explore the modern labs, bright and open classrooms, and see how they've incorporated restored heritage features from the former Kingsmill’s department store. Fanshawe’s teaching restaurant, The Chef’s Table, will also be open.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

130 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-452-4430
Email: mgiroux@fanshawec.ca
www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/locations/london-campus/downtown-campus

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village Doors Open London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Commemorate the Richard Talbot Settlement’s 200th anniversary with Fanshawe Pioneer Village! Complete your settlement duties and get your deed stamped as the history of the Talbot Settlement comes alive. On Saturday, actors will re-enact the hanging of London’s most notorious convicts – including Peg Leg Brown, axe murderess Phoebe Campbell and the first (and second!) man hanged in London: Cornelius Burleigh.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

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2609 Fanshawe Park Road East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-457-1296
Email: info@fanshawepioneervillage
www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Architect: Wilfrid Jury
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; showtimes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Saturday only)

Hamilton Road Tree Carving Tour Doors Open London

Hamilton Road Tree Carving Tour

Join an exciting walking tour and learn the stories behind the tree carvings on Hamilton Road. Come and see these beautiful tree carvings – including the Trafalgar Bear, the Baptist Church Deer Family, the Crouch Library Honey Bear, the Accutax squirrel and more!

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Tour starts at 525 Hamilton Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-282-8348
http://hamroad.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday: 1 and 3 p.m.

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory Doors Open London

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory

During the day, look safely at the sun with a solar telescope, viewing sunspots and prominences on the surface. Take a basement-to-dome tour of the observatory, including a re-creation of observatory director H.R. Kingston’s office, as well as a 1960s-era control room and exhibit on the life of astronomical model-maker extraordinaire W.G. Colgrove. Public stargazing available, starting 7 p.m.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
London, Ontario
Email: cronyn@uwo.ca
www.cronyn.uwo.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: O. Roy Moore

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 2 to 10 p.m.; solar observing until 4 p.m.; stargazing starts at 7 p.m.

Hutton House Doors Open London

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Hutton House

Hutton House Association for Adults with Disabilities is a registered charity that has facilitated the goals and aspirations of adults with disabilities for over 65 years. Attend a live theatre performance, written and presented by people with disabilities. Visit the Pottery Studio and add your touch to a collaborative community art piece, do crafts or enjoy a guided tour.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

654 Wonderland Road North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-472-6381
Email: hhservices@huttonhouse.com
www.huttonhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1986
Building type: Commercial, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jack Richardson London Music Hall Doors Open London

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Jack Richardson London Music Hall

Enjoy a curator-led tour of this facility and learn about London's music history and Hall of Fame inductees – including Guy Lombardo, Tommy Hunter, Garth Hudson, Priscilla Wright and others. View musical treasures, such as the gold records that Richardson was awarded for producing The Guess Who’s American Woman and Bob Seger’s Night Moves. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

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Contact info

182 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: events@jrlma.ca
https://jrlma.ca/visit-the-hall

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jet Aircraft Museum Doors Open London

Jet Aircraft Museum

Watch history take flight as friends of the museum display their artifacts, tell stories and fly their aircraft! Learn about early jet-age pilots, designers and maintainers. Explore Cold War exhibits and see classic Canadian and British jets. For an adrenaline rush, you can purchase a flying membership in the museum’s Jet Provost or CT-133 Red Knight!

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

2465 Aviation Lane
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-453-7000
www.jetaircraftmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John P. Metras Sports Museum Doors Open London

John P. Metras Sports Museum

Discover the fascinating history of sports at Western University and view their special collection of artifacts and memorabilia, some of which will be displayed especially for Doors Open. Artifacts include leather football helmets, vintage uniforms and rare photographs. You can also take a guided tour with the curator.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

100 Alumni Hall, 1151 Richmond Street (Western University)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-2111, ext. 88854
www.metrasmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

London Children's Museum Doors Open London

London Children's Museum

Watch history come alive as you discover the wonders of the natural world! Touch a narwhal tusk, visit the resident polar bear and even hold some dinosaur poop as you explore artifacts from our natural history collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at animal, plant and mineral specimens from around the world and throughout time.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

21 Wharncliffe Road South
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-5726
www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

London City Hall Doors Open London

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London City Hall

Come and be part of history in the making as London prepares to be the first city in Canada to use a ranked-choice voting method. Take part in an interesting, interactive and kid-friendly demonstration of ranked-choice voting. View the Remember November 11 Association exhibit in the lobby. Enjoy a tour of this modernist heritage landmark and learn about its history.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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300 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-2489, ext. 8436
Email: gtucker@london.ca
www.london.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1971
Architect: Philip Carter Johnson
Architectural style: Modernism

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London Civic Gardens and Complex Doors Open London

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London Civic Gardens and Complex

Learn about the unique history of London's gardens, parks, nature and wildlife through interactive displays presented by the Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex, Nature London, Garden Club of London, London Horticultural Society and the London Middlesex Master Gardeners. Visitors can also enjoy a stroll through the conservatory, greenhouse or take tours of the surrounding woodlands and gardens.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

625 Springbank Drive
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-472-3553
Email: inquire@friendslcgc.com
www.friendslcgc.com

Architecture

Year built: 1996
Architect: Richard Hammond
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: Noon to 4 p.m.

London Clay Art Centre Doors Open London

London Clay Art Centre

Did you know that clay was once used to make canning jars, pickle crocks, cider jugs and bricks? Working in clay was once an important industry in London. Visitors here will learn about the history of bricks and pottery in the area. There will be wheel demonstrations, clay activities for children and guided tours of the historical brick building.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

664 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-1664
Email: admin@londonpottersguild.org
www.londonclayartcentre.org

Architecture

Year built: 1897-1900
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London Community Woodshop Doors Open London

London Community Woodshop

Come and learn about the role of milling and woodworking in establishing the City of London! See demonstrations by expert woodworkers creating pieces without the use of modern tools. Try your hand at using traditional hand tools, and see an exhibit on the history of woodworking in London. This is a family-friendly activity and demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

195 Horton Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-672-1280
Email: info@londonwoodshop.ca
www.londonwoodshop.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London Fire Station No. 4 Doors Open London

London Fire Station No. 4

Come and take a guided tour of Engine No. 4 with a retired fire officer and members of the in-service crew (when they are not responding to alarms, of course). Learn about fire safety. And bring the kids for free colouring books and stickers. Firefighters will even slide down the fire pole!

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

807 Colborne Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-4565
Email: fireforms@london.ca
www.london.ca/fire

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: Arthur E. Nutter
Architectural style: Italianate

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London Life Insurance Company Doors Open London

London Life Insurance Company

In the 1840s, before today’s watering holes, soldiers from the London Garrison quenched their thirst in Richmond Street’s "grog shops." Today, Richmond Row is a popular storied shopping street with over 200 businesses. This year at Doors Open, London Life presents the stories of Richmond Row using video, audio, rare photographs and live storytelling.

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  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

255 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-435-4991, ext. 4991
www.londonlife.com

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Architect: John M. Moore and Company
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London Model Railroad Group Inc. Doors Open London

London Model Railroad Group Inc.

Come and see one of the largest and oldest O-scale model railroads in Canada! The layout features 1,524 metres (5,000 feet) of hand-laid tracks. Along the tracks, there are passenger stations and freight yards. The three lift bridges are scratch built. Cars, locomotives and bridges are driven by electric motors and operated remotely. A true kid-friendly experience!

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

69 Holborn Avenue
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-432-1491
Email: contact@lmrg.org
www.lmrg.org

Architecture

Year built: Late 1940s

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

London Muslim Mosque Doors Open London

London Muslim Mosque

Enjoy an engaging and educational tour of this mosque through the prayer halls and library. Have your name written in Arabic calligraphy – an art form based on the Arabic script with flowing arabesque and geometric designs. Decorate your hands with an artistic henna tattoo. Or learn how to wrap a hijab. During Doors Open, food and refreshments will be available!

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

151 Oxford Street West
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-439-9451
Email: secretary@londonmosque.ca
www.londonmosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: Original building, 1966; expansion, 2010
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

London Police Service Headquarters Doors Open London

London Police Service Headquarters

Take a guided tour of the London Police Headquarters. See a heritage police vehicle, the firearms range and displays from early police interventions. Meridian will be hosting the bear program for the 5th year in a row. The program enables community children to be a part of donating bears to charity by helping them dress the bears in different clothing.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

601 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-5670
www.londonpolice.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1974
Architect: Nichole Schoales Ream McBain

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Middlesex County Administration Building Doors Open London

Middlesex County Administration Building

The old hanging ground was behind the Middlesex County Administration Building. Many infamous convicts – including cop-killer Peg Leg Brown, ax murderess Phoebe Campbell and the first (and second!) man hanged in London, Cornelius Burleigh – gasped out their last breaths and were buried under what is now a parking lot. Onsite actors will be on hand for reenactments.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

399 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-7321
Email: kbunting@middlesex.ca
www.middlesex.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Architect: John Ewart
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Sunday September 16, 2018
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; showtimes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Museum London Doors Open London

Museum London

Join Museum London for activities based on their contemporary art and history exhibitions. Hear Indigenous history come to life in the Voices exhibition in which century-old wax cylinder recordings of songs and stories are played and translated for the first time. Take in the bright imaginations of the comic artists of southwestern Ontario in this display of words and pictures.

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

Contact info

421 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-0333
Email: info@museumlondon.ca
www.museumlondon.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1980
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Museum of Ontario Archaeology Doors Open London

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Come and enjoy the annual Harvest Festival and Powwow – a celebration of Aboriginal art, music and culture. Visitors can experience a traditional Indigenous powwow that takes place next to the museum in a 500-year-old village where Neutral Iroquoians once lived. Visitors will also enjoy hands-on cultural workshops and demonstrations, shop for First Nations hand-crafted items, and taste traditional foods.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1600 Attawandaron Road
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-473-1360
Email: info@archaeologymuseum.ca
www.archaeologymuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1981
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mystery Escape Rooms Doors Open London

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Mystery Escape Rooms

See history come alive as you travel back in time to this unique pop-up escape room. You and your group of explorers have been whisked back in time to the late 1800s. Do you have what it takes to solve all of the puzzles and escape in time, or will you be stuck in the 1800s forever?

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

388 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-601-8989
www.mysteryescaperooms.com

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Architectural style: Renaissance revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, The Doors Open London

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, The

This museum tells the story of the first infantry regiment established in Canada within the permanent force. Come out and discover the history of the Royal Canadian Regiment, experience military life and explore the Wolseley Barracks! There will be plenty of hands-on activities, including reenactments, a military fashion show and a theatre performance. A family-friendly experience!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

701 Oxford Street East
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-660-5275
Email: info@thercrmuseum.ca
www.thercrmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1886-88
Architect: Henry James
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Military, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

School of Digital and Performing Arts, Fanshawe College Doors Open London

School of Digital and Performing Arts, Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College invites you to take a behind-the-scenes tour of their School of Digital and Performing Arts, which works to create new opportunities for arts and culture in the city. Visitors will see the inner workings of motion capture, theatre costumes designed by the costume production program over the past four years, and the newly added video game research lab.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

137 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-452-4430, ext. 6402
Email: mgiroux@fanshawec.ca
www.fanshawec.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2013
Architect: Tillman Ruth Robinson Architects
Building type: Commercial, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Secrets of Radar Museum, The Doors Open London

Secrets of Radar Museum, The

Housed in a former veterans’ care residence, The Secrets of Radar Museum preserves the history of Canadian Second World War radar personnel. Join the museum for a special storytelling tour and hear secrets and stories that veterans were forbidden to tell for over 50 years! Tours occur every hour, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the last one at 2:30 p.m.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2155 Crumlin Sideroad
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-691-5922
Email: info@secretsofradar.com
www.secretsofradar.com

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Paul's Cathedral Doors Open London

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St. Paul's Cathedral

Over 161 years ago, Benjamin Cronyn was elected as the first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Huron. Enjoy a historical re-enactment of Bishop Cronyn’s return to his cathedral church, where he will recount the momentous event when he became bishop and share his recollections of his early days in London.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

472 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-434-3225
Email: deacon@stpaulscathedral.on.ca
www.stpaulscathedral.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1844-46
Architect: William Thomas
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday service at 10 a.m.; all are welcome)

Walking Tour – Paved Paradise: The History behind London's Downtown Parking Lots Doors Open London

Walking Tour – Paved Paradise: The History behind London's Downtown Parking Lots

This walking tour will be led by Grace Blackburn, a former newspaper reporter from the London Free Press, who will bring a character from London’s past to life at each of five stops that are now parking lots. Travel through time to discover the businesses and buildings that were there before. Hosted by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 201 King Street (Innovation Works)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-645-2845
www.acolondon.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; limit of 25 people per tour

Western Archives and Research Collections Centre Doors Open London

Western Archives and Research Collections Centre

Come behind the scenes of Western’s Archives and Research Collections Centre to see selected highlights from the university’s archives, rare books and special collections. Items on display will include rare first editions, architectural plans of major London landmarks, early photographs from the London Free Press, and authors’ literary papers. During Doors Open, take part in an archival scavenger hunt!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1151 Richmond Street (D.B. Weldon Library, Western University)
London, Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-4046
Email: archives.services@uwo.ca
www.lib.uwo.ca/archives

Architecture

Year built: 2003
Architect: Randy Wilson
Architectural style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Commercial, Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday only: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.