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Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Explore some traditional Doors Open Simcoe County 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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Simcoe County MuseumDoors Open Simcoe County

Simcoe County Museum

The Simcoe County Museum offers a variety of events, exhibits and programs for all ages throughout the year. Visitors can discover Simcoe County's history through hands-on exploration and interactive displays. From prehistoric to modern times, the museum depicts the people, events and artifacts from Simcoe County's diverse past — everything from mastodons to hair wreaths and wedding gowns to farm machinery.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario
https://museum.simcoe.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Building type: Attraction Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 26 - Aug 27

Wye Marsh Wildlife CentreDoors Open Simcoe County

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Tay, Ontario offers 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of national wildlife area and provincially significant wetlands. Its mission is to be a centre of excellence for wetlands research, interpretation and education based on the principle of stewardship and the importance of environmental awareness. Open 362 days a year, visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to discover raptors and reptiles, explore hiking, cross country ski and snowshoe on its trails, experience canoeing and kayaking through the marsh channels, and visit the observation tower, floating boardwalks, waterfowl monitoring platform, wildflower gardens, the bee house and so much more! But Wye Marsh is more than a tourist attraction. More than 6,000 students take part in educational programs every year, and the stewardship program initiatives include monitoring of wildlife populations and habitat conservation. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out their “at home activities” – including nature journaling, how to build a bee hotel, making sweet bannock, playing games, making masks, and much more. The Wye Marsh is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but you are encouraged to check their website before visiting as some programming is not available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Contact info

16160 Highway 12 East
Midland, Ontario
Email: info@wyemarsh.com
https://www.wyemarsh.com

Architecture

Year built: 1969

Dates/hours open

May 27 - May 27

Tremont House, TheDoors Open Simcoe County

Tremont House, The

The Tremont was built as a 24-room hotel. It is one of the last remaining 19th-century hotel buildings in the Collingwood Heritage District. The proximity of the hotel to the railway station and port made it a popular destination for travellers. Now a home to the arts, the Tremont remains an important link to Collingwood's railway and shipbuilding era.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

80 Simcoe Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Email: info@thetremont.ca
https://thetremont.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Building type: Commercial Historical landmark
Architect: John Chamberlain

Dates/hours open

Aug 26 - Aug 27

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and ArchivesDoors Open Simcoe County

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives

The building that now holds the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives was constructed in 1875 by Carl Beck. Its original function was a general company store for the workers in Beck’s nearby sawmills, and it carried everything from hardware to groceries. The Beck Company employees were paid partly in cash and partly in Beck tokens, which were only redeemable at this store and another similar one on Main Street, a method of payment that increased the company profits. At this museum, you will find Simcoe County's oldest car, a turn-of-the-century general store and other exhibits. This rectangular two-storey building still stands on its original site. Come and learn about the history of one of Ontario's oldest communities. While the museum is currently open, visitation is limited and visitors are encouraged to pre-book their visit through email or phone. For Digital Doors Open, however, explore the site through the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

13 Burke Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Email: museum@penetanguishene.ca
https://www.penetanguishene.ca/en/Museum.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial Museum

Dates/hours open

May 27 - May 27

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building)Doors Open Simcoe County

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building)

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is the steward for the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building in downtown Orillia. The museum brings people together, providing a safe space for collaboration to inspire creativity and celebrate history. The museum is responsible for the ongoing development and preservation of the cultural vitality in Orillia and surrounding areas.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

30 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ontario
Email: visitors@orilliamuseum.org
https://www.orilliamuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: 1892-94
Building type: Attraction Museum
Architect: Thomas Fuller

Dates/hours open

Aug 26 - Aug 26

Museum on the BoyneDoors Open Simcoe County

Museum on the Boyne

The Museum on the Boyne houses a large collection of household, agricultural, industrial and archival artifacts with exhibits that trace the growth of South Simcoe from its early settlement to present day. It features a 1914 agricultural fair building, an 1865 log house and an 1858 barn. Come for a tour, explore the site and check out the gift shop!

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 26 - Aug 27

Coldwater Canadiana Heritage MuseumDoors Open Simcoe County

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

Dates/hours open

May 27 - May 27