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Doors Open Ontario:

Richmond Hill

in-person event information

Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover the story behind every door!

Doors Open Richmond Hill is a free event that supports cultural sites in the community to open their doors to everyone. Let’s reunite, reconnect and celebrate all that makes us proud to call Richmond Hill home.

View the list of participating sites below.

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Richmond Hill Studio Tour

This year, the Richmond Hill Studio Tour will partner with Doors Open Richmond Hill. Come and explore these home studios and see the artists' work, view their creative spaces, engage in lively demonstrations and learn more about their artistic processes.

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Contact information

10 In-person Doors Open sites

Boynton HouseDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Boynton House

Boynton House

In the 1840s, the original farm on this site was divided in half and sold, with the east half bought by Thomas Fenby Boynton. In 1875, the Boynton family built the current brick house to replace an original log home. Today, Boynton House is a community art exhibition space. Come and view the artwork of Alexander Mackenzie High School students.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1300 Elgin Mills Road East (Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/Boynton-House-Art-Exhibition-Space.aspx

Architecture

Year built: c. 1875
Building type: Historical house Museum Gallery

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Hill Potters’ GuildDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Hill Potters’ Guild

This historical guild hall was moved here in 1978. Showcasing one-of-a-kind handcrafted items by guild members and local artisans, this site is a hub for artistic endeavours — with workshops, meetings, sales and exhibitions. Enjoy fibre arts and pottery demonstrations, and try your hand at weaving. Operated by the Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Hill Potters’ Guild.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.burrhousefibrearts.org

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Building type: Educational facility Historical house Gallery

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Circling Hawk Honey & MeadDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Circling Hawk Honey & Mead

Circling Hawk Honey & Mead is the only commercial meadery in Richmond Hill. Built and operated as an equestrian farm until 2010, the site became mostly agricultural as a secondary use. Today, they grow tender fruits and keep honeybees to make cheesecake and honey wines. Tour the bee yard, fruit orchards, horse stable and winery while enjoying entertainment.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

13433 Leslie Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.circlinghawkfarm.com

Architecture

Year built: 1955
Building type: Commercial Food and drink Farm

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage CentreDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre

The Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre houses thousands of historical artifacts in its climate-controlled facility. Much of the collection - generously donated by local families - dates back over a century. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the collections and learn how they catalogue, preserve and maintain the artifacts. Members of the Richmond Hill Historical Society will be in attendance.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1200 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/artifact-collections.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1990
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Richmond Hill David Dunlap ObservatoryDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory

The Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory is a national historic site, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. Opened in 1935, it was at the forefront of Canadian astronomical research, housing the then-largest telescope in Canada. Today, it is a facility for public education and outreach through city-run programs and partnerships. Please register to tour the Observatory and Administration buildings.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

123 Hillsview Drive
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/david-dunlap-observatory.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Building type: Attraction Educational facility Historical landmark
Architect: Mathers and Haldenby

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Richmond Hill Heritage CentreDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill Heritage Centre

The Richmond Hill Heritage Centre is housed in a restored 1840s Regency-style cottage — originally home to Amos Wright, the first Reeve of Markham Township. The Centre serves as a unique venue to showcase the rich heritage and history of Richmond Hill. Explore galleries and exhibits. Or enjoy their popular afternoon teas (reserve online — limited seating available).

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

19 Church Street North
Richmond Hill, Ontario
http://richmondhill.ca/heritagecentre

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Building type: Educational facility Historical house Museum Gallery

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Richmond Hill Presbyterian ChurchDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

The Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, with its unique patterned bricks, was erected in 1880. The interior features Gothic-designed woodwork, original pews and beautiful stained-glass windows. On the site is a historical cemetery that contains tombstones dating from 1806. Tour the building and cemetery and engage in a demonstration of the 1915 Cassavant pipe organ.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

10066 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://rhpresbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Langley, Langlet and Burke of Toronto

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

Richmond Hill Sports Hall of FameDoors Open Richmond Hill

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Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame

The Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame is located on the second floor of the Elgin Barrow Arena. It features exhibits and photos of local sports history. Here, they recognize athletes, teams, officials and sports builders who have helped shape Richmond Hill's sports community. Check out the inductees, awards recipients, Moments in Sport winners and more.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

43 Church Street South (2nd floor of the Elgin Barrow Arena)
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/Sports-Hall-of-Fame.aspx

Architecture

Building type: Attraction Museum

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox ChurchDoors Open Richmond Hill

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St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church

The Coptic Orthodox Church was founded by Mark the Evangelist in AD 43. St. Mary and St. Joseph has a distinctive history and boasts unique architectural features. Beautiful hand-painted murals, carved wood and imported Egyptian marble grace the church’s interior. During Doors Open, tour and learn about the culture and heritage of the Coptic (Egyptian) community in Richmond Hill.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

11308 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://smsj.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11

St. Mary's Anglican ChurchDoors Open Richmond Hill

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St. Mary's Anglican Church

St. Mary’s is the oldest church structure in Richmond Hill — and the city’s first Anglican parish. The historical building is now a chapel for the main church, built in 1964 in the Gothic-revival style. Take a guided tour of the chapel, indoor burial plot, church sanctuary and new stained-glass window that commemorates the church’s 150th anniversary.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

10030 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
https://www.saintmarysanglican.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872; new building in 1964
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

May 11 - May 11