Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Toronto

in-person event information

Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rediscover the city you thought you knew through Doors Open Toronto, celebrating 100+ sites of architectural, cultural and social significance. Go deeper with engaging tours, insightful talks, an online film series and other virtual experiences.

The Doors Open Ontario website features some of the participating sites this year. For a full list, visit the City of Toronto's website.


Doors Open Toronto, produced by the City of Toronto and presented by Great Gulf, is grateful for the support of Carpenters Union Local 27 and Schlage Canada, as well as media partners the Toronto Star and ZoomerMedia.

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433 Eastern YardDoors Open Toronto

New

433 Eastern Yard

Constructed in 1912 for the Consumers Gas Corporation, this site welcomes visitors during Doors Open to learn about the activities and services that the city’s Transportation Division provides. Go behind the yard doors to explore traffic signs, road maintenance equipment and the salt storage area. Or see and learn about various service vehicles – including street sweepers, flushers and more.

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

Contact info

433 Eastern Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1912
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Aga Khan MuseumDoors Open Toronto

Aga Khan Museum

Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum was established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by Muslim civilizations to world heritage. Through permanent and temporary exhibitions, see how cultures connect with one another. During Doors Open, enjoy special tours, activities and performances throughout the museum and its adjacent park.

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

Contact info

77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.agakhanmuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: 2014
Building type: Museum
Architect: Fumihiko Maki

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Campbell House MuseumDoors Open Toronto

Campbell House Museum

Celebrating 200 years, Campbell House – built for William Campbell, the sixth Chief Justice of Upper Canada – is the oldest surviving building from the Town of York. Fifty years ago, it was rescued from demolition and moved to its current location, where it opened as a museum. During Doors Open, artist Gord Peteran’s exhibit Exposed Interiors explores the museum’s decorative furnishings.

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

160 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.campbellhousemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1822
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Charles Street VideoDoors Open Toronto

New

Charles Street Video

Established in 1981, Charles Street Video is one of the oldest non-profit production organizations supporting media artists. They host exhibitions, film screenings, installations and more, while providing affordable access to equipment and post-production editing facilities to film and media artists. During Doors Open, witness demonstrations of state-of-the-art camera and lighting equipment. And explore Tara Hakim’s interactive exhibit Courage in Crazy.

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

76 Geary Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
https://charlesstreetvideo.com

Architecture

Year built: Unknown
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Unknown

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

DTAHDoors Open Toronto

DTAH

During Doors Open, visitors to DTAH will experience the history of a beautifully renovated modern building in the heart of downtown Toronto. This leading landscape architecture, architecture and urban design firm will offer tours where you can learn how DTAH continues to shape the city through projects like the Tommy Thompson Park Pavilion, Evergreen Brick Works and Artscape Wychwood Barns.

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

50 Park Road
Toronto, Ontario
https://dtah.com

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Parkin Associates

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre CentreDoors Open Toronto

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Explore this timeless theatre complex – the world’s last operating double-decker theatre – and learn about its history from vaudeville venue to international theatre and film destination. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre and the unique Winter Garden Theatre, plus see samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Email: ewg@heritagetrust.on.ca
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Architecture

Year built: 1913-14
Building type: Theatre
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)

Dates/hours open

May 29 - May 29

Enoch Turner SchoolhouseDoors Open Toronto

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto’s oldest standing and first free school, opened to the children of Corktown in 1849. It served as an important catalyst for accessible public education in the province. Today, the site is a museum and events venue where visitors can step back in time to an urban Victorian classroom. Come and tour the site for Doors Open.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Building type: Museum Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

May 29 - May 29

Fool's ParadiseDoors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

The former home of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy (1910-2020), Fool’s Paradise is a charming cottage on the spectacular Scarborough Bluffs. McCarthy donated the property to the Ontario Heritage Trust so it could remain an inspirational space for future generations of artists. Today, the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program has welcomed over 40 artists to live and create by the Lake.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Building type: Private residence
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of TorontoDoors Open Toronto

New

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Toronto

This is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant institutions of its kind. Established in 1963, it continues to serve the Japanese-Canadian community and anyone interested in Japanese culture. During Doors Open, enjoy tours and artist demonstrations. Try your hand at ink-wash painting. And, weather pending, view their blossoming cherry trees and participate in a traditional flower-viewing custom.

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

Contact info

66 Garamond Court
Toronto, Ontario
https://jccc.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1963

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Ontario Association of Architects HeadquartersDoors Open Toronto

New

Ontario Association of Architects Headquarters

The headquarters of the Ontario Association of Architects is more than the regulator of the province's architecture profession. It is the public and physical embodiment of architects, skills and aspirations. On your Doors Open tour, explore recent renovations that have helped the building become net-zero – including an energy-efficient geothermal system, solar panels, improved daylighting and tint-changing dynamic windows.

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

Contact info

111 Moatfield Drive
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.oaa.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1992

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Ontario Legislative BuildingDoors Open Toronto

Ontario Legislative Building

Come and explore Ontario’s Legislative Assembly – an impressive structure that has been home to the province’s legislature since 1893. Alongside oak floors and Italian marble finishes is artwork from the Government of Ontario Art Collection. During Doors Open, visitors can enjoy several exhibits on a self-guided tour that includes the legislative chamber. There’s even an outdoor scavenger hunt for kids.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms
  • Virtual tours
  • Activities and games

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.ola.org

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Building type: Government building
Architect: Richard A. Waite; E.J. Lennox and George Gouinlock (later additions)

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

R.C. Harris Water Treatment PlantDoors Open Toronto

R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

Constructed in the 1930s, this popular Doors Open site is Toronto’s largest water treatment plant, providing 400 million litres of safe drinking water daily. It’s also the largest ensemble of art deco structures in the city. Take a self-guided tour and explore the pump house and filter building, with staff available to answer your questions along the way. (Photo: Samuel Kolber)

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1932
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Royal Ontario MuseumDoors Open Toronto

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum has been a beloved Toronto institution since it opened in 1914. For Doors Open, only the Daphne Cockwell Gallery – dedicated to First Peoples’ art and culture – and the recently reimagined Weston entrance with its iconic mosaic-domed rotunda will be free to visit. Admission will be required to see other galleries.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.rom.on.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: Founded in 1914
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Spadina Museum Historic House and GardensDoors Open Toronto

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens

Come and tour Spadina House and discover the home of the Austin family from 1866 to 1982. Period rooms contain furniture and decorative details from the 1920s and 1930s. Co-owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and the City of Toronto, this site includes a kitchen garden, an orchard and the newly created Aki Wiidookaagewin "Ontario Earth Helpers" Indigenous kitchen garden.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1866; 1896
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: Original architect unknown; Vaux Chadwick (1896)

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29

Thomas Fisher Rare Book LibraryDoors Open Toronto

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

This library at the University of Toronto – with four floors of rare books – is something of a hidden treasure. They hold some of the rarest print materials in the world – including manuscripts dating back to the 11th century. Visitors during Doors Open can view this spectacular public space and chat with staff while viewing selected highlights from the collections.

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

Contact info

120 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1973
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 28

University of Toronto - McLennan Physical LaboratoriesDoors Open Toronto

University of Toronto - McLennan Physical Laboratories

This facility is home to hundreds of students, faculty and staff. The building was named after John C. McLennan, a physics professor whose work laid the foundation for condensed matter and quantum optics, sub-atomic and atmospheric physics. During Doors Open, visitors can explore modern teaching spaces, meet with scientists and students, and visit the rooftop for spectacular views.

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

Contact info

60 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.physics.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1967

Architect: Shore and Moffat

Dates/hours open

May 28 - May 29