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Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Explore some traditional Doors Open Ottawa 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 Ottawa

After careful consideration and following the recent update provided by Mayor Jim Watson, Doors Open Ottawa, originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, will not be taking place this year. While this has been a difficult decision, it is crucial that we follow recommendations made by public health officials to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We recognize and appreciate the time and effort that has gone into planning Doors Open Ottawa 2020. Doors Open Ottawa has celebrated Ottawa’s built heritage for 18 years and we look forward to once again opening doors to the community on June 5 and 6, 2021.

Thank you for your support, understanding and participation in our continued efforts to plank the curve in the interest of preserving the health and safety of Ottawa residents.

For media inquiries, please contact medias@ottawa.ca.

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BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building

Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Commissariat, is home to the BYTOWN MUSEUM. Built in 1827 as Colonel By’s storehouse on the Rideau Canal, this building still has many stories to tell. Nestled beside the canal below Parliament Hill and adjacent to the Ottawa River, this museum traces Ottawa’s early history to present day, with a special focus on the construction of the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore highlights from their fascinating online collections, take a virtual tour of the facility (don’t forget your VR glasses), explore the site through the lens of UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and learn more about the site by watching the video below.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
https://bytownmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its outstanding exhibitions explain Canada's rich military past from earliest times to the present, and its collections are among the world’s finest military holdings. The museum shares a series of online exhibits and videos that show Canadian military history in fascinating detail. There is also a new video that commemorates the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. During Digital Doors Open, explore their online collections and educational resources, play their popular online game or download their colouring pages.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
www.warmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Raymond Moriyama
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House

This 150-year-old house – built in 1867 by M.K. Dickinson, founder of the village of Manotick – was the residence from 1870-1972 of the Dickinson, Spratt and Watson families: owners and operators of the grist mill across the square. The house is distinctive for its New England federal-style architecture, which is a rare and unusual sight in Ontario. For Digital Doors Open, explore an impressive 3D virtual tour of the house, or wander the village of Manotick by aerial drone through the video below! If you'd like to see another example of New England architecture in Ontario, check out the history of the Ontario Heritage Trust's Barnum House in Grafton.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video

Contact info

1127 Mill Street
Manotick, Ontario
www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: M.K. Dickinson
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a four-storey Cold War bunker built to protect the government from a nuclear attack on Ottawa. Once top-secret, this underground facility is now open year-round. During Digital Doors Open, you can explore this site through a series of virtual tours, download some colouring pages from their collections, keep busy with various jigsaw puzzles, or play the online game, Project Rustic (Flash required). And learn more in the video below from Historica Canada about the Cold War and the important role that this site played.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario
http://diefenbunker.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959-61
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa