Doors Open London 2018 Site Guide

DOORS OPEN LONDON IS A FREE WEEKEND CELEBRATION OF EVERYTHING THAT MAKES OUR CITY AN AMAZING PLACE TO LIVE.

History Comes Alive this September 15 - 16! Get an inside look at London's many museums, heritage sites, and community organizations and see history come alive in London during the 17th annual Doors Open London weekend! Enjoy re-enactments, live theatre, pop-up interactive plays, or other interactive performances as participating sites highlight their history in new and exciting ways, bringing London’s heritage to life!

Click on the links below to find details on site hours, location, and activities during Doors Open London 2018:

 
 


427 WING AND SPIRIT OF FLIGHT AVIATION MUSEUM

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 2155 CRUMLIN SIDE ROAD / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM

Located on the grounds of the London International Airport, this historical building was constructed in 1940 as an Airman's Canteen where wartime personnel could relax and refresh. Post-war, it remained in use throughout the Korean and NATO eras until purchased by 427 Wing. The building is believed to be the last representative and still usable building of its kind in Southwestern Ontario.

Things to do!  

  • Come and view interactive and static displays and see how 427 Wing is working on preserving Southwestern Ontario's rich aviation history.

  • Self-guided and guided tours of more than 100 different models of aircraft.

  • Enjoy self-operated computer flight simulators for children and adults.

  • Lunch and refreshments for sale!

 


ACO LONDON'S "PAVED PARADISE" WALKING TOUR

 King Street Fire Station / circa 1850

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INNOVATION WORKS, 201 KING STREET / SATURDAY & Sunday 11am and 2pm

This walking tour will be led by Grace Blackburn, a former newspaper reporter from the London Free Press, who will bring a character from London’s past to life at each of five stops that are now parking lots. Travel through time to discover the businesses and buildings that were there before. Hosted by ACO London and LondonFuse.

Things to do!

  • The tour leader, Victoria Grace Blackburn, was an early columnist for the London Free Press and a daughter (one of nine children) of its founder, Josiah Blackburn. Known by the byline Fanfan, Grace covered the literary and drama scene and was a talented poet, playwright and intellectual.

  • Stops include the former locations of Silversteins (135 King Street), a successful fish market which was once housed in a shiny glazed-brick building with a mosaic entranceway sporting a flying fish; London Motors (73 King Street), a defunct car company that manufactured an unsuccessful six-cylinder car known as the London Six; the Central Fire Hall (Clarence and King), where Chief Rowe served for 24 years; the Patricia Theatre (455 Clarence Street), the former home of a dance hall, Vaudeville theatre, and movie theatre; and an Italianate House (199 Queens Avenue), which was owned by the Hiscox family including George Hiscox, who in his lifetime became London’s largest real estate holder.

* Participants must meet at start location 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Numbers are limited.

* The tour is 45 -60 minutes long.

 


AEOLIAN HALL

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795 DUNDAS STREET EAST / SUNDAY 12PM – 4PM

Built as the Town Hall for London East, Aeolian Hall has had an incredibly rich history of community use and cultural presentation. Often described in current times as legendary and historic, the Aeolian boasts one of the most perfect acoustic spaces in Canada.

Things to do!  

  • Come experience the unique ambiance of one of Canada’s top acoustic halls.

  • A guided tour will take guests from the flowers and shrubs of the Dundas Street Garden through the historic Donor Room where they will enjoy classical and jazz music by way of a pump organ, a player piano, and a Yamaha Grand.

  • Venturing through the catacombs, guests will visit the Box Office, learn about the 135-year history of the Hall, and see studios and artist green rooms.

  • Experience the extraordinary acoustics of the performance hall from all vantage points: backstage, centre-floor, and the balcony.

  • Enjoy a drink at the Aeolian bar while vigilantly watching for one of the Hall's famous ghosts.

 


ATTIC BOOKS

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240 DUNDAS STREET / SATURDAY 9am - 6pm & sunday 10am - 6pm /guided tours 10am - 4pm 

Attic Books is a large century building in the heart of Downtown London that has hosted merchants and craftsmen for over a century. Walls of books set off the historic nature of this charming building, where Londoners have shopped for over 100 years. Come and see one of London's best kept literary and cultural treasures!

Things to do!  

  • Learn about the building’s history and growth as guides take you through this beautiful local landmark.

  • Check out exhibits of the history of the building, the downtown area, and major events in London's past.

  • Meet Jennifer Grainger, author of "From the Vault: A Photo-History of London to 1950" and "Early London 1826-1914," who will be giving a talk about London's past.

  • Meet Dan Mezza, a local bookbinder, and Jennifer Robertson from Books and Paper Conservation Services and see demonstrations of their trade.

  • Come and learn about the mysterious ghost "Roland" in the basement.

 

 


BANTING HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA

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442 ADELAIDE STREET NORTH / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 4pM 

This Queen Anne style home (1900) has served as a private residence/medical practice, boarding house, commercial office and museum. Notable residents include Roland Hill and Sir Frederick Banting. Banting House was acquired by the Canadian Diabetes Association in 1981 and it was designated as a national historic site of Canada in 1997.  

Things to do!  

  • Experience the life and career of one of the most celebrated international heroes and the man voted Canada’s fourth greatest Canadian.

  • Become acquainted with Major Sir Frederick Banting through a self-guided tour, enhanced with commentary from experienced volunteers.

  • See the bedroom where Banting conceived his idea that led to the discovery of insulin, “the most important Canadian medical discovery of the 20th century.”

  • View the exhibit, The Luckiest Boy in France, which commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War as well as the action for which Captain Banting was awarded the Military Cross.

  • Other highlights include Banting's London practice and relationship with Western University; his artwork completed under the tutelage of A.Y. Jackson; his military and medical research contributions to the Second World War, as well as his untimely death.

* Parking is available immediately behind Banting House National Historic Site, set up near the Square. Second-floor exhibits are not wheelchair accessible.

 


BRICK STREET CEMETERY

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370 COMMISSIONERS ROAD WEST / SATURDAY 1PM - 7PM- PERFORMANCES AT 2PM, 4PM, AND 6pm & SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM- PERFORMANCES AT 1PM AND 3PM

This Ontario Heritage Site served the earliest pioneer families of Westminster Township and is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. The cemetery was established in 1813 and its oldest remaining stones date back to 1819. Many participants from Canada’s various war efforts, including the War of 1812, WWI, and WWII, are buried here.

Things to do!  

  • Theatrical presentations will bring history alive! Meet some of the early settlers south of the River Thames, in the area then called Westminster Township.

  • There is Nathan Griffith, owner of the original brickyards, and his wife Jane, whose feisty mother caused a major scandal.

  • Nathan Jarvis, a schoolmaster, who walked to Brick Street School from Byron -- and back -- every day.

  • Phoebe McNames, a teenager who helped local militia during the War of 1812...and more.

  • Enjoy a pleasant stroll or take advantage of the genealogists who will be on hand to answer any questions.

  • Participate in a scavenger hunt for all ages and learn about the early history of the London area.

 


THE CANADIAN MEDICAL HALL OF FAME

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267 DUNDAS STREET / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 5PM

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is located in the J. Allyn Taylor Building, which was originally a Bank of Toronto constructed in 1928. The inside of the building took on a whole new look in 2003 and the only recognizable ‘banking’ features remaining are three vaults – two in the Exhibit Hall and one on the landing between the first and second floors. The main floor still features a coved ceiling, elaborate moulding and marble floors and trim.

Things to do!  

  • Visit and feel proud to be a Canadian! Stand amidst the laureate portrait gallery and learn about over 125 remarkable Canadians and their contributions to medicine and health care in Canada and the world over.

  • Explore fascinating exhibits featuring ground-breaking medical discoveries.

  • Activities for kids include puzzles to highlight the importance of teamwork and scavenger hunts.

  • Self-guided tours and mini-guided tours are available.

 


CITY ART CENTRE

     
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652 ELIZABETH STREET / SATURDAY 12PM-4PM

City Art Centre is located in one of the oldest buildings in London and represents an early period in London's history, in which the city was dedicated to the protection of Canada. T Block building is an eclectic style of late nineteenth century architecture. City Art Centre, housed in T Block, is a peer support organization for people living with mental illness. It is a safe space to express through art what cannot otherwise be expressed.

Things to do!  

  • Visitors will delight in the tour of an artists' studio and gallery.

  • Children and adults alike can participate in a fun creative workshop.

  • There will be food and beverage in a friendly welcoming environment and the opportunity to purchase works of art.

  • Come and experience firsthand an Ontario Heritage Building as a living breathing piece of history.

 


DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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1151 RICHMOND STREET NORTH (TALBOT COLLEGE AND MUSIC BUILDING)/ SATURDAY 9:30AM – 12:30 PM

Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music welcomes more than 20,000 members of the community each year for concerts, outreach programming, and special events. Join the Don Wright Faculty of Music for Doors Open 2018, as they kick off a new academic year and concert season, and look toward to the Grand Opening of their new Music Building facility in October.

Things to do!  

  • Take a guided tour - including performance, rehearsal and research spaces.

  • Watch the New Horizons Adult Band rehearse - Western’s program was the first New Horizons Band in Canada, and remains one of the largest programs of its kind in North America with approximately 200 participants.

  • As London prepares to welcome the 2019 JUNO Awards, come and learn more about Western's long musical history in education, research, performance and composition.

 


ELDON HOUSE

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481 RIDOUT STREET NORTH / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1pM – 4PM

Virtually unchanged since the last century, Eldon House is London's oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings, and priceless treasures of the Harris family, as well as a beautiful 19th-century style garden. Built in 1834 for John and Amelia Harris, this historic home remained in the family until 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. Although surrounded by the city today, the house and its gardens are a place of beauty and tranquility.

Things to do!  

  • Tour Eldon House and participate in a Garden Party on the grounds, with historical games and lemonade. 

  • Join the London Dance Festival in learning historical dances typical for a 19th Century Garden Party and visit our Interpretive Centre to see history captured by our London Artists’ Studio Tour exhibit. 

  • A Garden Tour will take place at 2:00 p.m.  If weather is inclement, activities will take place in our Interpretive Centre. 

* Only the main floor of Eldon House is wheelchair accessible. Visual aids will be provided for those who cannot use stairs.

 


ELMWOOD LAWN BOWLING CLUB

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17 1 / 2 EDWARD STREET / SUNDAY 12PM - 4PM

Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club is often referred to as the 'hidden gem of Wortley Village.’ For over 100 years, club members have enjoyed the seasonal sport of Lawn Bowling on its manicured North and South laws, as well as Indoor Carpet Bowling and other activities through the winter months. The public is invited to come and view the clubhouse and grounds.

Things to do!  

  • Come and learn about the history of the club through a tactile exhibit.

  • Members will demonstrate the art of lawn bowling dressed in traditional white lawn bowl attire.

  • Knowledgeable club members will be on site to explain the game and hold a Q-and-A.

  • Head outside to try lawn bowling yourself with the help of a member coach to give tips and tricks!

  • Please wear flat-soled shoes on the greens.

* Accessible only at the ground level in front of the clubhouse. No wheelchair accessible washrooms.

 

 


ELSIE PERRIN WILLIAMS ESTATE

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101 windermere road west / sunday 10am - 4pm/ short vignettes at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pM

The Elsie Perrin Williams Estate is a city-owned, self-sustaining historic estate. The estate was given as a wedding gift to Elsie Perrin by her father in 1905 upon her marriage to  Dr. Hadley Williams. The current house was built in 1917. 

Things to do!  

  • Visitors will be greeted by a maid wearing a period-appropriate costume.

  • Guest can take a guided tour through the Spanish Colonial style house, where the dining room, library, and a corner of the Great Hall will be set up much as they were in Elsie’s day.

  • Visitors will be able to view a number of interesting storyboards, and there will be activities for children.

  • A series of three short vignettes depicting episodes in the life of Elsie Perrin Williams and her surgeon husband has been written by Adam Holowitz and will be produced in different locations around the estate. A newly published commemorative 100th Anniversary book about the life and times of the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate’s past owners will be available for purchase.

  • Hot dogs will be sold at lunchtime on the terrace at the side of the house and drinks can be purchased all day; here one can sit and enjoy the ambiance of one of London's loveliest and most romantic settings.

 


FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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1151 richmond street (university college) / SaturDAY 9:30am - 12:30PM

Since 1922, University College has dominated the hill at Western University overlooking the Thames River. Western has recently completed a major renovation that will prepare University College to house the 21st-century academic experience. Join in celebrating the "new and improved" home to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, which will help shape academic goals and aspirations at Western for decades to come.

Things to do!

  • Guided tours will run on the hour giving an overview of the historical significance of University College.

  • Tour guides will highlight the architectural features of the building and how it was enhanced for 21st century academic experience while still maintaining many important heritage elements.

  • Visit Conron Hall, the main auditorium which showcases the architectural design of the collegiate gothic style. This large space houses 650 seats spanning the main floor space as well as a balcony and is truly the jewel of campus with its spectacular stained glass windows, oak panelling, and oak beam construction.

  • Enjoy mini-performances on stage by the Theatre Studies students, and learn about the long-standing Summer Shakespeare tradition.

  • History truly comes to life as families are encouraged to dive into the costume collection take to the stage as their favourite literary character. Medieval and Renaissance costumes and props will be on hand for plenty of lively play and photo ops to inspire future young thespians!

 


FANSHAWE DOWNTOWN

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130 dundas street/ SaturDAY 10aM - 2PM

In September 2018, Fanshawe's School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, along with several programs from the School of Information Technology, will start classes at a stunning new building located at 130 Dundas Street in downtown London. The new Fanshawe Downtown campus will be open for all Londoners to come and see.

Things to do!

  • Explore Fanshawe’s Downtown Campus!

  • See the modern labs, bright, open classrooms and how they’ve incorporated restored heritage features from the former Kingsmill’s department store into the new design.

  • Fanshawe’s teaching restaurant, The Chef’s Table, will also be open.

 


FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

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1424 clark road/ SaturDAY & Sunday 10aM - 4PM / re-enactments at 11am and 2pm

Fanshawe Pioneer Village tells the story of rural life in Middlesex County from 1820-1920. Original houses, churches, a woodworking shop, blacksmith shop, Masonic Hall and a tavern complete the rural landscape. Denfield General Store and Post Office, Harmer Sawmill and the London Brewery present an urban community at the turn of the 20th century.

Things to do!

  • Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Richard Talbot Settlement with Fanshawe Pioneer Village!

  • Complete settlement duties and get your deed stamped as the history of the Talbot Settlement comes alive.

  • Try building a rail fence, plow some land, and build a mini log house.

  • Hands-on activities and interactive fun for kids of all ages!

* Please enter Fanshawe Pioneer Village through the Upper Thames Conservation Authority Entrance, located at 1424 Clarke Road. Follow the signs through the conservation area to Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Parking is available in the visitor parking lot. There is special needs parking at the main entrance.

* Only ground floors are wheelchair accessible.

 


HAMILTON ROAD TREE CARVING TOUR

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525 hamilton road/ SaturDAY 11am and 1pm & Sunday 1pm and 3pm

The Hamilton Road Tree Carving Tour demonstrates London’s love of trees and aims to enhance the city’s reputation as the ‘Forest City.’ Carvers have created sculptures that, instead of being confined to an art gallery, are right out on public streets.

Things to do!

  • Join an exciting tour and learn the stories behind the tree carvings on Hamilton Road.

  • Come and see the beautiful tree carvings including the Trafalgar Bear, the Baptist Church Deer Family, the Crouch Library Honey Bear, the Home Hardware Sasquatch and more.

*Tours start at the Hamilton Road Community Centre (525 Hamilton Road).

* Must be able to walk or ride approximately 4 city blocks. 

* Solid foot wear is required, as we will have to work around ongoing streetscape enhancement construction projects.

 


HUME CRONYN MEMORIAL OBSERVATORY

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1151 richmond street (western university-next to alumni hall)/ SaturDAY 2pm - 10pm 

The Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University was built in 1940 by noted local architect O. Roy. Moore. Located on the campus, the observatory is used for undergraduate laboratories and for the ‘Public Night’ and ‘Exploring the Stars’ programs.  It currently houses three telescopes on the same mounting: the original 25.4cm refractor, a small Schmidt camera, and a 30cm reflector.

Things to do!

  • Look safely at the sun with a solar telescope, viewing sunspots and prominences on the surface. Solar observing until 4 pm.

  • Take a basement-to-dome tour of the observatory including the period room, a re-creation of observatory director H.R. Kingston’s office, and artifacts from the early days of the observatory.

  • Learn how to properly look through a telescope with the help of astronomers wearing period-appropriate attire.

  • Hear a re-creation of the speech that was recited when the observatory first opened in 1940.

  • Come in the evening for public stargazing at 7pm!

 


HUTTON HOUSE

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654 wonderland road north/ SaturDAY 10am - 2pm

Hutton House provides services to people with disabilities, including creative arts classes, fitness classes, life skills classes, employment services, adult education, and supported volunteering.

Things to do!

  • Come and see a live theatre performance written and presented by people with disabilities. The performance will offer a fascinating overview of how Hutton House has changed over the years and tell the story of how the organization and its location ties into the vibrant history of London.

  • In the pottery studio, you will have the opportunity to decorate raw clay tiles that will be compiled into a collaborative community art piece.

  • In the art room, you can create a take-home craft related to the theme of History Comes Alive in London.

  • Guided tours will be available throughout the day to showcase the facility and the many life-enhancing programs offered at Hutton House.

 


JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM

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2465 aviation lane unit #2/ SaturDAY & Sunday 10am - 4pm

The Jet Aircraft Museum acquires, preserves, maintains, displays, and flies the retired jet aircraft of the Canadian Air Force. The museum aims to provide permanent honour for those valiant Canadian men and women who flew these aircraft with distinction in periods of war, peace, and peace-keeping.

Things to do!

  • Come explore JAM’s aircraft hangars and see retired Military jets being brought back to life and flown again.

  • Throughout the weekend friends of the museum display their artifacts, tell their stories, and fly their aircraft.

  • Explore Cold War exhibits and classic Canadian and British jets.

  • Sit in the cockpit of a T33 jet and fly the museum’s aircraft on one of our eight flight simulators.

  • For an adrenaline rush, you can purchase a flying membership in the museum’s CT-133 Red Knight!

* Airport side of museum is a restricted area with aircraft coming in and out so for safety reasons. Visitors should stay back from roped off areas unless escorted by museum staff or security personnel.

* Venue not on LTC bus route.

 


JOHN P. METRAS SPORTS MUSEUM

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100 alumn hall, 1151 richmond street (alumni hall at western university)/ SaturDAY 10am - 4pm & Sunday 12pm - 4pm

The John P. Metras Sports Museum at Western University collects, preserves and shares the university’s legacy of excellence in athletics. The museum’s collection consists of a large variety of photographs, artifacts, newspaper clippings, programs, and other items pertaining to Western’s athletic legacy.

Things to do!

  • Take a guided tour with the museum curator and discover the fascinating history of sports at Western University.

  • View their special collection of artefacts and memorabilia including leather football helmets, vintage uniforms, and rare photographs.

  • The centerpiece of the museum’s holdings is its comprehensive team photo collection, which consists of over 2,100 unique pieces and spans from the early 1900s until today.

  • The museum also boasts a burgeoning oral history collection that serves as a way to collect the memories and feelings of a host of athletic alumni.

 


LONDON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

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21 wharncliffe road south/ SaturDAY & Sunday 10am - 5pm

The London Children’s Museum provides children and their grown-ups with extraordinary hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where more than 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play. Exhibits and stimulating learning experiences allow children to explore history and heritage, investigate the complexities of science and social relationships, and celebrate the beauty in art and culture. The Children’s Museum helps children indulge their curiosity and play their way to a life of innovation and creative discovery.

Things to do!

  • Watch history come to life as you celebrate the natural world!

  • Touch a narwhal tusk, visit the resident polar bear, and even hold some dinosaur poop, as you explore artifacts from the natural history collection.

  • Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at animal, plant and mineral specimens from around the world and throughout time.

 * Parking is available in the museum visitor parking lot, as well as along the side streets.

 


LONDON CITY HALL

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300 DUFFERIN AVENUE / SATURDAY 10AM - 4PM

London City Hall was officially opened in 1971. The building is a unique design with a symbolic concept. The Hall was designed as two interlocking buildings. At the base is the black granite oval-shaped section which represents the elected people. The curving white administrative tower houses administration and staff. 

Things to do!

  • Come and be part of history in the making as London prepares to be the first city in Canada to use a ranked-choice voting method.

  • Take part in an interesting, interactive and kid-friendly demonstration of Ranked Choice Voting.

  • View the Remember November 11 Association’s exhibit in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War.

  • Check out the Mayor’s Office, and enjoy a tour of this modernist heritage landmark and learn about its history.

  • View London's War Dead and Veteran's Tributes situated in the lobby of City Hall and head outside to take in the beauty of our recently refurbished Cenotaph.

 


LONDON CIVIC GARDEN COMPLEX

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625 Springbank Drive/ SunDAY 12pm - 4pm

The London Civic Garden Complex includes the City Greenhouses, Conservatory, and Birch Room Hall. The Complex is surrounded by the beautiful Rayner Garden which leads you into Springbank Park and the scenic Thames River.

Things to do!

  • Learn about the unique history of London's gardens, parks, nature and wildlife through interactive displays presented by the Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex, Nature London, Garden Club of London, London Horticultural Society and the London Middlesex Master Gardeners.

  • Visitors can enjoy a stroll through the Conservatory, Greenhouse, or surrounding woodlands and gardens.

  • Garden tours are based on historian Dan Brock's research and demonstrate how pioneers used plants and trees.

 

 


LONDON CLAY ART CENTRE

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664 dundas street/ sunday 10am - 4pm

The London Clay Art Centre is located in a century-old heritage building, which was lovingly restored by the London Potters Guild. See the transformation of the space from a dilapidated commercial space to the gorgeous community and commercial facility it has become. LCAC has a pottery store, teaching studio, glaze kitchen, kiln room, studios, a meeting space and geothermal heating/cooling.

Things to do!

  • Did you know that clay from the soil was once used to make canning jars, pickle crocks, cider jugs, bricks and even field tiles as early as 1850? Working in clay was once an important industry in London.

  • Visitors to the clay art centre will learn about the fascinating history of both bricks and pottery in the area.

  • Enjoy wheel demonstrations, clay activities for children, and guided tours of the historic brick building!

 


LONDON COMMUNITY WOODSHOP

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195 horton street east/ Saturday & sunday 10am - 4pm

The London Community Woodshop is a unique community space with access to professional tools and instruction. A place where woodworkers can experiment, learn new techniques, and start a business. A space where Do-it-Yourselfers can work on a project for their home, and community groups can build garden boxes! A first for London, the Woodshop offers workshops led by local artisans, affordable memberships, and a new therapeutic woodworking program.

Things to do!

  • Join the London Community Woodshop and see the tradition of woodworking come alive!

  • Learn about the role milling & woodworking played in establishing the City of London!

  • See demonstrations by expert woodworkers creating pieces without the use of modern tools.

  • Try your hand at using traditional hand tools in the Discovery Centre!

  • This is a family friendly experience with fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations throughout the day.

 


LONDON FIRE STATION #4

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807 COLBORNE STREET/  Saturday & sunday 10am - 4pm

At the turn of the twentieth-century, Fire Chief John A. Roe requested a new station to serve the north end of the city. In 1909, London Fire Station No. 4 was built on the corner of Colborne and St. James streets. Architect Arthur E. Nutter designed the station in an abstract Italianate style, featuring a simplified Tuscan tower, broad eaves, and pilasters above the fire hall door.

Things to do!

  • Join a retired fire officer on a guided tour of the fire station!

  • Take a tour of Engine No. 4 from the in-service crew when they are not responding to alarms.

  • Learn fire safety information from Public Fire and Life Safety Educators and Fire Prevention Inspectors. Children who attend will receive fire safety colouring books and stickers.

  • Firefighters will slide down the fire pole to amuse children and grown-ups alike.

 


LONDON LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

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255 dufferin avenue/ sunday 10am - 4pm

Founded in 1874, the London Life Insurance Company moved to this location in 1926, later adding another three buildings on the same block as the company grew. The original 1926 building was designed in a neoclassical modified Greek style by London architect O. Roy Moore. The building features Queenston stone on the first floor exterior and Indiana limestone on the remaining floors. The main entrance and vestibule doors are solid cast bronze. The front lobby features Steinway green and white travertine marble and an ornate hand plastered ceiling.

Things to do!

  • Enter this impressive Neo-Classical building and discover the wonderful architectural features that have graced the foyer since 1926.

  • Learn more about the unique history of the London Life Insurance Company by visiting the Dufferin Lobby exhibit.

  • Take a self-guided tour to the building's historic fourth floor where one can view further exhibits outlining the company's rich history, capped off by a visit to the recently restored auditorium with full proscenium stage.

  • Discover the stories of Richmond Row through video, audio, and rare photographs.

  • The day will also include live scheduled storytelling events about this fabled stretch.

* Wheelchair access is available at the 250 Queens Avenue entrance to the building.

 


LONDON MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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182 Dundas Street/ SaturDAY & Sunday 11am - 6pm

Located in the old Nash Jewellers building, the  London Music Hall of Fame honours outstanding musicians from the Forest City. Inductees include Joey Hollingsworth, Marie Bottrell, Garth Hudson, Tommy Hunter, the Lombardo family, Denise Pelley, Sheep Look Up, Kittie and Don and Priscilla Wright. Canada’s only city-specific Music Hall Of Fame is operated and curated by The Forest City Music Awards, a grassroots, not-for-profit celebration of London’s musical excellence. Its volunteers are ready to throw the doors open for Doors Open London and welcome you all weekend.

Things to do!

  • Special programming for Doors Open London 2018 brings the music of four Hall of Fame inductees to intimate spaces. Those stages are courtesy of the London Music Hall, the HOF’s landlord.

  • On Saturday afternoon, scores of Amabile Choirs (induction Class of 2010) choristers from it treble choir, high school choir and  young training choir offer open rehearsals in the upstairs Hall ballroom. The boys and young men begin singing at 1 p.m.

  • On Sunday at noon, the music starts again. Hall of Famers Doug Varty (Class of 2018), Frank Ridsdale (Class of 2017 as a member of Uranus) and Christine Newland (Class of 2008 as a London Symphonia musician) play individual sets at the Hall’s Rosewood Lounge. Along with those three appearances, top London performers keep the music going on the Rosewood stage with short sets.

  • Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Music Hall of Fame! View musical treasures. Artifacts from Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Cousin Clem’s costume (as worn by Gordie Tapp) and Marie Bottrell’s gowns are among the hundreds of items from the Hall’s collection on display.

  • Expect pop-up DOL programming at the Hall — inside and out on Dundas Street

  • Take note of the complimentary refreshments.

 


LONDON MUSLIM MOSQUE

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151 Oxford street west / Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3:30pm

The London Muslim Mosque is Ontario’s oldest mosque and the oldest operational mosque in Canada. The LMM hosts thousands of people throughout the week. Apart from basic religious services, the LMM also offers educational programs, lectures, workshops and study groups. 

Things to do!

  • Have your name written in Arabic calligraphy, an art form based on the Arabic script with flowing arabesque and geometric design.

  • Learn how to wrap a hijab.

  • Decorate your hands with an artistic henna tattoo.

  • Enjoy a tour through the prayer halls and library; engaging and educational for all age groups!

 

 


LONDON POLICE SERVICE HEADQUARTERS

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601 Dundas street / Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

The London Police Service Headquarters building was built on the southwest corner of Dundas and Adelaide Street in 1974 at the site of the former Globe Casket Company. With one building expansion in 1900, the latest expansion was completed in 2009 to accommodate a growing service and meet the operational and training needs of present-day policing. Renovations to the existing portion of the building were completed in 2011, resulting in a highly functional work environment.

 Things to do!

  • Experience a guided tour by London Police Service members through the police headquarters.

  • Come and see a heritage police vehicle, the firearms range, and displays from early police interventions.

  • Bring a bear to dress up and donate to children in need!

* Please enter the Headquarters through the front door only. No audio/visual photography permitted on the premises.

 


MIDDLESEX COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

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399 ridout street/ Sunday 10am - 4pm / performances at 11am and 2pm

The Middlesex County Administrative Building is London's first permanent building and most recognizable landmark was opened in 1829 as the District Courthouse and Gaol. It was modeled after Malahide Castle, the ancestral home in Ireland of Colonel Thomas Talbot.

Things to do!

  • Attend a dramatic interpretation of London’s “last drop” at the old hanging grounds behind the Middlesex County Administration Building!

  • Learn about infamous convicts including cop-killer Peg Leg Brown, ax murderess Phoebe Campbell, and the first (and second!) man hanged in London, Cornelius Burleigh.

  • Take a guided tour of the old courtroom and an original block of cells including one for solitary confinement.

* Gaol cells are not wheelchair accessible.

 


MUSEUM LONDON

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421 ridout street/ Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm

For more than 70 years, Museum London has preserved, interpreted, and shared the story of London and Londoners through the exhibition of art and artifacts and the presentation of public programs. Plan your visit to discover exceptional art, rich history, and new possibilities.

Things to do!

  • Join Museum London for activities based on their contemporary art and history exhibitions.

  • Hear Indigenous history from almost a century ago in the historical exhibition Voices of Chief’s Point. For the first time, guests can hear Anishinaabeg songs and stories that were recorded onto wax cylinders from as far back as 1938.

  • Three art exhibitions will also be on view: Words and Pictures: Cartoonists of Southwestern Ontario, Bev Pike: Grottesque, and Kelly Jazvac: Lamina Stamina.

  • Explore exhibitions and refuel at the Rhino Café for lunch or specialty sweets.

  • Shop for art in the Muse Shop.

 


MUSEUM OF ONTARIO ARCHAEOLOGY

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1600 Attawandaron Road/ Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4:30pm

The pow wow comes alive at the Lawson archeological village site, where more than 2,000 First Nation’s people lived over 500 year ago. Visitors can also explore the Museum of Ontario Archaeology's indoor gallery and exhibits featuring artifacts from around Ontario spanning over 12,000 years.

 Things to do!

  • Come and enjoy the annual Harvest Festival and Pow Wow – a celebration of Indigenous art, music and culture.

  • Enjoy pow wow singers, dancers and drummers.

  • Attend workshops and demonstrations by local First Nation’s artists.

  • Storytelling and youth activities for children.

  • Visitors will also enjoy hands-on cultural workshops and demonstrations, shop for First Nations hand-crafted items, and taste traditional foods

* Pow wow activities are outdoors in green space with some uneven ground. Accessible washrooms are indoor only.

 


MYSTERY ESCAPE ROOMS

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388 richmond street/ Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm

388 Richmond St. is home to London's largest escape room with 10,000 square feet of escape rooms. Built in 1855, the Victoria Building has seen many different businesses over the years including Dominion Savings and Investment Society, Star Theatre, Boughners Men's Apparel, P-T Campbell Book dealer and now Mystery Escape Rooms!

Things to do!

  • See history come alive as you travel back in time in this unique pop-up escape room!

  • You and your group of explorers have been whisked back in time to the late 1800's. Do you have what it takes to solve all of the puzzles and escape in time, or will you be stuck in the 1800's forever?

* Only first floor accessible by wheelchair.

 

 


THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM

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701 oxford street east/ Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm

The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum tells the story of Canada’s first Infantry Regiment. The museum is housed in Wolseley Barracks, a military structure that was built between 1883- 1886 by the Dominion Government to house Company «D» of the Infantry School Corps.

Things to do!

  • Discover the history of the Royal Canadian Regiment, experience military life, and explore the grounds at Wolseley Barracks!

  • Walk through the two-floor permanent gallery and learn about the RCR through history; see how the RCR participated in the Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Cold War, and in Peacekeeping and the Afghanistan Unit.

  • There will be plenty of hands-on activities, including re-enactments and a military fashion show.

  • CANADIGM will be presenting their technology to study the tunnels under the battle fields on Saturday 15 Sept 2018 at 1pm.

  • View the vast military collection of artifacts, which includes artifacts from as far back as 1800. See regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, and much more!

 


SCHOOL OF DIGITAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

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137 DUNDAS STREET / SATURDAY 10AM – 2PM

In January 2014, Fanshawe College opened the doors on the first phase of the School for Digital and Performing Arts. Located right in the heart of downtown London, the 50,000-sq. ft. facility is home to a number of creative programs and offers students contemporary facilities with immediate access to arts, entertainment, parks, shopping and more.

Things to do!  

  • Come out and see the inner workings of motion capture.

  • See theatre costumes created by Fanshawe’s costume production program over the last 4 years.

  • Explore Fanshawe’s latest addition of a video game research lab.

  • Visit the Good Foundation Theatre to see how Fanshawe has contributed to downtown London since opening in January 2014.

 


THE SECRETS OF THE RADAR MUSEUM

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2155 crumlin road/ Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

The Secrets of Radar Museum is committed to preserving the history of the men and women who served in the RADAR division of the Canadian Forces. Sworn to an oath of secrecy until 1991, the actions, deeds, and experiences of these men and women went unknown and unrecorded for fifty years.

Things to do!

  • Visit a museum unlike any other in Canada!

  • Join the museum for a special story-telling tour - One every hour, beginning at 10:30am and ending at 2:30pm.

  • Visitors will hear a selection of favourite, true stories about real men and women in the Canadian radar program. Props and visitor participation may be used.

  • Enjoy physical exhibits, a substantial research archive, and oral histories recounted by the veterans themselves.

* The building is fully accessible from the east wing of the 427 Wing.

* Museum not on LHC bus route.

 


ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

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472 richmond street/ Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 11:15am - 5pm 

St. Paul’s Cathedral, built between 1844 and 1846, is the oldest church in London, Ontario. The Cathedral was designated as a Heritage Property by the City of London on Easter Sunday, April 16th 2006. The Church is home to four stained glass windows by the famous Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as a large number of embroideries showing the history of the church and the Diocese. Also open for viewing will be the beautiful St. Aidan's Chapel, with its set of embroideries on the life of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne.

Things to do!

  • In July of 1857, just over 161 years ago, Benjamin Cronyn was elected to be the first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Huron, in what would become the city of London.

  • Enjoy a historical re-enactment of Bishop Cronyn returning to his cathedral church, where he will recount the momentous event when he became Bishop and share his recollections of early London!

  • As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War, St. Paul’s will offer presentations outlining the military stories of many of Londoners.

  • The presentations will also share the histories of London’s regiments and displays of their colours and other regalia.

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral.

  • All welcome to attend 10am service.

 


WESTERN ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH COLLECTIONS CENTRE

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1151 Richmond Street (located in weldon library)/  Saturday 10:30am - 4pm / scavenger hunt 11am - 2pm

The Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC) is a purpose-built facility that preserves and provides access to Western University’s archives, rare books, and other special collections.

Things to do!

  • Come behind the scenes of Western’s Archives and Research Collections Centre to see selected highlights from the university’s archives, rare books and special collections.

  • Items on display will include rare first editions, architectural plans of major London landmarks, early photographs from the London Free Press, and authors’ literary papers.

  • During Doors Open, from 11:00am – 2:00pm, take part in an archival scavenger hunt! Watch our webpage for more information about the scavenger hunt.

 

Doors Open London is made possible by the generous support of our Founding Corporate Sponsor, London Life Insurance Company.

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Additional Doors Open London 2018 funders and partners include: 

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