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Alderlea Doors Open Brampton

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Alderlea

Alderlea, meaning meadow of alder trees, is a well-preserved heritage building, built at the height of the Victorian era. It is one of the finest examples of Italianate villa architecture in Ontario. Following careful restoration, this 19th-century mansion has plenty to offer. Come and see how the house has been adapted for use as a popular heritage venue.

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  • Videos

Contact info

40 Elizabeth Street South
Brampton, Ontario
Email: Alderlea@brampton.ca
https://thealderlea.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Building type: Commercial Historical landmark Historical house
Architect: Taylor Hazel (2009-13 renovations)

Appleton Swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties) Doors Open Mississippi Mills

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Appleton Swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties)

The Appleton Swamp is an extensive riverine swamp and marsh complex associated with the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties are all managed for the Ontario Heritage Trust by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority with the purpose of maintaining the natural features and biodiversity of the properties. There is no public access to these properties for that reason. The properties are situated in the Appleton swamp, which is recognized as a provincially significant Class 2 Wetland and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) due to the unique representation of riverine marsh, swamp and upland forest on clay plain. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual boat ride through the Appleton swamp by watching the video below.

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  • Videos
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

Public access is prohibited at this time due to the delicate nature of the wetland features.
Mississippi Mills, Ontario
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/gardiner-grace-neilson

Architecture


Ashbridge Estate, The Doors Open Toronto

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Ashbridge Estate, The

The Ashbridges, a founding family of Toronto (formerly York), arrived from Pennsylvania in 1793. They are the only Toronto family to continuously occupy their land for 200 years. Two acres of the original homestead, including an 1854 house, is preserved by the Ontario Heritage Trust. This east-end landmark estate features a simple Regency design with neoclassical elements.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Videos
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1444 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/properties/ashbridge-estate

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house
Architect: Joseph Sheard

Auchmar Manor House Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Auchmar Manor House

The Auchmar Estate is considered to be the last surviving country estate on Hamilton Mountain. It was built for the Honourable Isaac Buchanan, a local Scotsman, entrepreneur, politician and civic leader in 19th-century Canada. Visit this Gothic revival manor house and learn about its storied past before strolling the walled and landscaped grounds that surround it. No parking on site.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
http://www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Balfour House (Chedoke Estate) Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Balfour House (Chedoke Estate)

Balfour House is Hamilton’s last great escarpment estate. Several prominent Hamiltonians have called it home since 1836, most recently the family of St. Clair Balfour. Owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the City of Hamilton, the building and garden are spectacular. Exhibits related to the commitment to music of the Southam family will be on display.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Videos
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Balfour Drive
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: abuhrmann@cardus.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1836-38
Building type: Historical house

Barrow Bay Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Barrow Bay

A Bruce Trail side trail traverses this spectacular property, located east of Barrow Bay in Northern Bruce Peninsula. The Dobson and Deal properties, where this bay is situated, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Over 268 species have been documented, including four species at risk observed on the property. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info


Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture


Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site

Battlefield House Museum, part of which dates to 1796, was once home to the prominent Gage family. Learn about the stories of the people who built the house and the ongoing efforts to preserve and restore it. Explore the Dunington Grubb landscape (which includes the impressive Battlefield Monument) and hike around a 13.8-hectare (34-acre) patchwork of meadow and forest.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Videos
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

77 King Street West
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/battlefield

Architecture

Year built: 1796
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house Museum

Belleville Community Gardens Tour Doors Open Belleville

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Belleville Community Gardens Tour

The Community Garden Program was initiated by the City of Belleville Green Task Force in 2012. It gives residents a place to grow vegetables and flowers in designated parks. Anyone living in the Belleville area can apply. No special skills are required. The gardens include the Bayview Heights Community Gardens, the Ponton Park Community Gardens and the West Hill Park Community Gardens. Garden beds are awarded in March each year by lottery. Each name drawn will be assigned a garden bed and given exclusive use for the season (May to October). The program is free. Each garden bed provides 3.7 square metres (40 square feet) of growing space. Learn more about the gardens and the rules of the program and COVID-19 guidelines here. And, for Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of these community gardens here.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

Start your tour at 75 Bay Drive
Belleville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2012

Architect: City of Belleville Green Task Force

Bramalea N-Section - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Doors Open Brampton

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Bramalea N-Section - Nurturing Neighbourhoods

The Bramalea neighbourhood was Canada’s first satellite city, a master-planned development designed as a self-contained community with places to live, work and play. Built in the 1970s, Bramalea embodies a perfect example of a complete community with desired amenities within walking distance from its residential areas. Near to transit, the neighbourhood includes a large shopping centre and robust parkland trail systems. One of the unique features of Bramalea is its neighbourhood divisions. It has pockets of neighbourhoods where all streets begin with the same letter. The N-Section of Bramalea boasts some city gems, including Bramalea Ltd. Community Park, with direct access to Franceschini Bridge! During Digital Doors Open, discover this vibrant neighbourhood, which features the Bramalea Ltd. Community Park and Dog Park, and the colourful Franceschini Bridge. The community park features two soccer fields, two baseball diamonds, walking trails, a playground and a leash-free dog park. Located over Highway 410, the colourful Franceschini Bridge connects the Bramalea Community Park to Esker Lake Trail for pedestrians and cyclists. Don’t forget to take a selfie on this colourful mural.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

Start at the Bramalea Community Garden and Dog Park, 1030 Williams Parkway
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Brampton's Recreational Trails, Parks and Conservation Areas Doors Open Brampton

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Brampton's Recreational Trails, Parks and Conservation Areas

Hike, bike, walk, run or cross-country ski along one of Brampton’s recreational trail systems, which offer more than 40 kilometres (24 miles) of guided and paved recreational trails throughout the city. Look for wayfinding signs along your route, and plan time to stop for new discoveries and adventures. Discover the best recreational trails in Brampton here – featuring the Etobicoke Creek Trail, Chinguacousy Recreational Trail, Don Doan Recreational Trail, Fletchers Creek Recreation Trail and Esker Lake Recreational Trail. These recreational trails also connect many of Brampton’s parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities. Did you know that Brampton has over 850 parks and multiple conservation areas? Learn more about them here. During Digital Doors Open, get outside and enjoy these spectacular locations! While outside, bring along the Nature Rubbings Activity and discover all the treasures that nature has to offer.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

Choose from one of many sites, such as the Etobicoke Creek Trail, 30 Loafers Lake Lane
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture


Butler's Barracks and The Commons Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Butler's Barracks and The Commons

Named after Colonel John Butler, a hero of the American Revolutionary War, this complex was an integral component of the military facilities built in the Niagara region to replace those destroyed during the War of 1812. Situated inland, out of range of the American artillery across the river, Butler's Barracks comprised more than 20 buildings by 1854. The only structures that survive from this period are the Commissariat Stores, Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters, Men's Barracks and Gun Shed. The site was used by the British until 1870, after which it became a training camp for the Canadian militia. The barracks near John Street have been fully reconstructed and act as the headquarters for Parks Canada’s Southwestern Ontario Field Unit. The Commons was used extensively over the past two centuries for military training. It was also the site of the Native Council House at the perimeter of Paradise Grove from 1812 until the mid 1820s. For Digital Doors Open, explore The Commons through the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

440 King Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=430

Architecture

Year built: 1814-54
Building type: Government building Historical landmark Military

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park Doors Open Whitby

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Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984. Over 500 special agents were trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Digital Doors Open, do some spy training with site expert Lynn Philip Hodgson (see the video below). Or explore the documentary on this acclaimed spy school. Discover what happened to the site after the war ended – and the fascinating role played by women here. And, students, explore the Camp X photo gallery and download images for school projects. Today, while no buildings remain, you can still visit and evoke this fascinating history.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
http://www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Military

Centennial Building Doors Open Whitby

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Centennial Building

The Ontario County Courthouse was built between 1852 and 1854. By 1964, however, the building had become too small to accommodate the county’s needs and a new courthouse was built on Rossland Road. In 1967, with assistance from the Canada Centennial Project, the original courthouse was reopened as a community centre known as the Whitby Centennial Building. Learn more about this building’s history and its role in Whitby’s past through the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Building type: Attraction Courthouse Historical landmark Theatre
Architect: Frederic Cumberland and William Storm, Toronto

Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum Doors Open Simcoe County

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Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum

The Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum promotes, collects and retains the history of Coldwater and its surrounding area from 1830 to 1950. The museum is located on the original homestead site of 1836 settler Archibald Woodrow, with 2 hectares (6.6 acres) of park-like setting that includes a variety of heritage buildings, the Coldwater Heritage Trail and Heritage Gardens. Discover history that you can touch, hear and explore. You can take a peek at the museum from home by watching the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1474 Woodrow Road
Coldwater, Ontario
https://www.facebook.com/Coldwater-Canadiana-Museum-349110895506794

Architecture

Year built: 1836
Building type: Historical house Museum
Architect: Unknown

Corby Park Rose Garden Doors Open Belleville

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Corby Park Rose Garden

The Corby Park Rose Garden is in the old east village of Belleville, a great area for exploring heritage homes, just a few blocks from the Bay of Quinte. The garden has a stunning water fountain and, at the centre of it all, you get a beautiful view of the entire garden — perfect for a family outing or wedding.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities
  • Videos

Contact info

210 Ann Street
Belleville, Ontario
Email: tdeming@belleville.ca

Architecture


Daniels Building Doors Open Toronto

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Daniels Building

Originally home to Knox College, this building later served as a military hospital and laboratory. It is now the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. To create the faculty's new home, the restored historical building has been blended with a contemporary addition that continues to delight visitors. During Doors Open, take a self-guided tour.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875; 2017 restoration
Building type: Educational facility Green building
Architect: Smith & Gemmel (restoration by NADAAA)

Devil’s Monument Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Devil’s Monument

The “Devil’s Monument” flowerpot is the only complete flowerpot on land along the east side of the Bruce Peninsula. A series of steps from the main Bruce Trail down the escarpment enable hikers to access the base of the flowerpot. The LeFeuvre-Chupac, Minhinnick, Schneider properties, where this feature is located, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info


Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture


Dundurn National Historic Site — Dundurn Castle Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Dundurn National Historic Site — Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle is one of the finest examples of high regency-style architecture in the country. Constructed in the 1830s for Sir Allan Napier MacNab (railway magnate, lawyer and politician), the buildings deteriorated under subsequent owners, but were restored in the 1960s to their original splendour. Today, Dundurn Castle tells the story of the MacNabs and the people who served them.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • 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

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

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: Robert Wetherell

Elora Gorge Doors Open Elora and Fergus

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Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Riverside trails look down 22 metres (72 feet) over scenic views of the water below where kayakers and canoeists make their way through the rapids. While the area has gradually reopened amidst COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to check their website to see what’s open and what’s not (camping, hiking, cycling, fishing and canoeing are allowed, for instance, but not tubing, picnic pavilions or the splashpad). For a digital experience, download their brochure and map, explore their Flickr photo album, or enjoy the aerial tour of the region below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

7400 Wellington County Road (Elora Gorge Park)
Elora, Ontario
https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Elora-Gorge.aspx

Architecture


Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

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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
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • 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

Fulford Place Doors Open Brockville and Area

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Fulford Place

This magnificent Edwardian mansion evokes the opulent lifestyle of Canada’s industrial and political elite in the early 1900s. Senator George Taylor Fulford made millions of dollars from "Pink Pills for Pale People" – a patent medicine he manufactured in Brockville and sold around the world. Today, his mansion – owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust – is a highlight along the St. Lawrence River. Check out this video from Visit the 1000 Islands to learn more about the man and the house. Enjoy the aerial drone tour below of the resplendent Fulford gardens, laid out by the renowned Olmsted brothers (who were famous for designing New York City’s Central Park). And take a virtual tour of the site here.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

Architecture

Year built: 1899-1901
Building type: Museum
Architect: Albert W. Fuller

George Brown House Doors Open Toronto

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George Brown House

George Brown House is a Second Empire-style house built for George Brown between 1874 and 1876. Its elegance reflects his prominence as a leading politician, founder of The Globe newspaper (now the Globe and Mail) and a key figure in Canada’s Confederation. The house is one of Ontario’s best-preserved and documented urban examples of the Second Empire residential style.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

186 Beverley Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/properties/george-brown-house

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Building type: Historical house Private residence
Architect: William Irving; Edward Hutchins

Great Manitou Island Doors Open North Bay

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Great Manitou Island

Great Manitou Island – owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust – is the largest island in the Manitou Islands Provincial Nature Reserve. Great Manitou Island is 84 hectares (210 acres) in total. It includes a small beach area and is suitable for day use only (no camping is allowed) and water-based recreation like swimming, boating or walking along the beach. Ontario Parks manages the Manitou Islands, including Great Manitou Island, on behalf of the Trust. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this site.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Architecture


Green and Fall Colour Self-Guided Tour Doors Open Brampton

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Green and Fall Colour Self-Guided Tour

Brampton is home to many forested trails and destinations. As part of your Doors Open experience, go for a hike or a drive by following this self-guided tour to see the extraordinary beauty of Canada’s autumnal landscapes. Witness the leaves change up close by visiting one of Brampton’s recreational trails and destinations — including the Etobicoke Creek Recreational Trail, Chinguacousy Recreational Trail, White Spruce Park, Eldorado Park and Heart Lake Conservation Area. These pedestrian and cycling trails are a tranquil and scenic feature of this city. While outside, bring along the Nature Rubbings Activity and discover all the treasures that nature has to offer.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

Start at Loafers Lake Park
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture


Griffin House National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Griffin House National Historic Site

Griffin House is a modest one-and-a-half-storey wood-frame residence that was built in the Georgian style with clapboard siding and six-over-six sash windows. Constructed by Englishmen in 1827, it was purchased by Enerals Griffin and his wife Priscilla in 1834 – both born as slaves in Virginia, but who escaped to Canada. On this site, with their 20 hectares (50 acres) of land, the Griffin family lived as part of the Ancaster community for 150 years. Today, Griffin House stands as a testament to the determination of African-American men and women who escaped slavery and found peace in Ontario. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this fascinating property.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Museum