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427 WING AND SPIRIT OF FLIGHT AVIATION MUSEUM      

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.
 
 King Street Fire Station / circa 1850

King Street Fire Station / circa 1850

ACO WALKING TOUR

201 KING STREET / SATURDAY & Sunday 11am and 3pm

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 the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

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 Firehall (north side of King between Richmond and Clarence) where Fire Chief John Rowe died in the Sterling Building Fire.
  • The Patricia Theatre (455 Clarence Street), the former home of a dance hall, Vaudeville theatre, and movie theatre.
  • 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.
 
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AEOLIAN HALL  

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.

 
 
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ATTIC BOOKS        

240 DUNDAS STREET / SATURDAY 9am - 6pm & sunday 10am - 6pm- guided tours from 10am to 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 our mysterious ghost "Roland" in the basement.

 

 
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BANTING HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA    

442 ADELAIDE STREET NORTH / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 4:00pM 

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. Acquired by the Canadian Diabetes Association in 1981.It was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1997.  The site also features “The Flame of Hope”, Banting statue, and stylized globe representing Canada’s gift of insulin to the world and offers an expanded ceremonial and serene garden where the public can relax and reflect.

Things to do!  

  • Experience the life and career of one of our 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 guides.
  • 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 exhibits devoted to Banting’s art, completed under the tutelage of AY Jackson, and his service in both World Wars.  
  • Join us and experience the life and career of one of our most celebrated international heroes and the man voted Canada’s fourth greatest Canadian.  

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

 
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BRICK STRET CEMETERY      

370 COMMISSIONERS ROAD WEST / SATURDAY 1PM - 7PM- PERFORMANCES AT 2PM, 4PM, AND 6 PM. 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.
 
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THE CANADIAN MEDICAL HALL OF FAME      

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

The J. Allyn Taylor Building, originally a Bank of Toronto constructed in 1928, is a Renaissance Revival building using multiple stories in a unified pattern. 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 tour books are available as well as mini-guided tours.
 
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CITY ART CENTRE

652 ELIZABETH STREET / SATURDAY 12PM-4PM

City Art Centre is located in one of the oldest buildings in London that represents an early period in our history and the dedication of the city 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.
 
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CITY HALL

300 DUFFERIN AVENUE / SATURDAY 10AM - 4PM.

Things to do!

  • Come and be part of history in the making as London prepares to be the first city in Canada to elect our Mayor and City Council using a Ranked Choice Voting method.
  • Take part in a tried and tested kid-friendly demonstration of Ranked Choice Voting.

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.

 
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DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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.
 
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ELDON HOUSE    

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!  

  • Visit Eldon House and take a self-guided tour of the oldest remaining residence in London.  
  • Attend a garden party and enjoy some lemonade and historical games!
  • Garden Tours will take place at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Join the London Dance Festival in learning dances typical for a nineteenth-century garden party.

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

 
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ELMWOOD LAWN BOWLING CLUB

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.
  • Some members will be wearing the historical “whites” associated with lawn bowling over the past century.

  • 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.

 

 
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Elsie perrin williams estate

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. Built in the Spanish Colonial style in 1917, the estate was given to Elise Perrin by her father as a gift for her forthcoming marriage to Dr. Hadley Williams, a prominent surgeon. Today, the estate serves also serves as an elegant event venue.

Things to do!  

  • Visitors will be greeted at the door 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.
 
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faculty of arts and humanities - western university

1151 richmond street (university college) / SaturDAY 12PM - 4PM

Since 1922, University College has dominated the hill at Western University overlooking the Thames River, inspiring incoming generations of students, staff, and faculty to set their sights high. 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 our Theatre Studies students, and learn about our long-standing Summer Shakespeare tradition.
  • History truly comes to life as families are encouraged to dive into our 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!
 
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fanshawe downtown

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 College 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.
 
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fanshawe Pioneer village

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.
  • On Saturday, actors will re-enact the hanging of London’s most notorious convicts including Peg Leg Brown, axe murderess Phoebe Campbell, and the first and second man hanged in London Cornelius Burleigh. 
  • 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.

 
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Hamilton Road tree carving tour

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

The Tree Trunk 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. Tours last 40 minutes and will take place on Saturday at 11am and 1pm and on Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.
  • Come and see the beautiful tree carvings including the Trafalgar Bear, the Baptist Church Deer Family, the Crouch Library Honey Bear, the Accutax Squirrel and more 

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

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

 
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Hume cronyn memorial observatory 

1151 richmond street/ SaturDAY 2pm - 10pm 

The Hume Cronyn Observatory at Western University was built in 1940 in the Collegiate Gothic style 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!

 

 

 
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Hutton house

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.


 

 
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Jack Richardson Music Hall of Fame

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

Located adjacent to the music hall in the old Nash Jewellers building, the Hall of Fame honours outstanding musicians from London, Ontario. Past inductees include Garth Hudson, Tommy Hunter, the Lombardo family, Denise Pelley, Sheep Look Up, Kittie and Don, and Priscilla Wright. Having a place to showcase these individuals and groups provides an opportunity to share their recognition with the community and visitors to the city.
 

Things to do!

  • Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Jack Richardson Music Hall of Fame!
  • View musical treasures such as the gold records Jack Richardson was awarded for producing The Guess Who’s American Woman and Bob Seger’s Night Moves.
  • Artifacts from Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians will also be on display.
  • Musical entertainment and refreshments provided.
 
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Jet aircraft museum

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.
  • Test out your dogfighting skills on one of the flight simulators.
  • Explore Cold War exhibits and classic Canadian and British jets.
  • Purchase a flying membership in the Museum’s Jet Provost or 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

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

The John P. Metras 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.
  • 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.
 
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london children's museum

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!

  • Join the Children's Museum for Doors Open-  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.

 
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london civic gardens and complex

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!

  • 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.
  • Visitors can also learn about the unique history of London's gardens, parks, nature and wildlife through interactive displays.

 

 
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london clay art centre 

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 hard work of 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!
 
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london community woodshop

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!

  • Did you know that woodworking was one of London’s first industries?
  • Join the London Community Woodshop and see the tradition of woodworking come alive!
  • 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.
  • Learn about the role milling & woodworking played in establishing the City of London!
 
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london FIRE STATION #4

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, the No. 4 Fire Station 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 of a fire captain and 3 firefighters 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 even slide down the fire pole to amuse children and grown-ups alike.
 
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london life insurance company

255 dufferin avenue/ sunday 10am - 4pm

Enter this impressive Neo-Classical building and discover the wonderful architectural features that have decorated the foyer since 1926. Then, take a self-guided tour to the building’s 4th floor where one can view further exhibits outlining the company’s rich history, capped off by a visit to our beautiful auditorium with a full proscenium stage.

Things to do!

  • Discover the stories of Richmond Row through video, audio, and rare photographs.
  • Before Eleanor Jane Blake popularized the name "Richmond Row" in the early 1970s, Richmond Street’s small stores were already proving attractive to mom-and-pops. Gradually, Richmond Row moved upscale. Gas stations, drug stores, and diners gave way to boutiques, cafés, and hair salons.
  • Dr. Mark Tovey, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at Western University has been interviewing people living nearby and capturing their stories.
  • 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.

 
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london model railroad group inc.

69 holborn avenue/ saturday 10am - 4pm & Sunday 11am - 3pm

The London Model Railroad Group was established in 1938 and moved to its current location in 1970. The layout represents a fictitious railroad that runs through Canada, and along the northern shore of Lake Erie from New York State to Michigan.

Things to do!  

  • As you enter the Lake Erie International Building, your attention will immediately be drawn to one of the largest and oldest O scale model railroads in Canada.
  • The cars and equipment range from the early days of steam to the present day. All are driven by electric motors and operated remotely.
  • Several miniature buildings will be on display including London’s CPR station, and there are three operational lift bridges. In addition, see displays of number boards, switch keys and conductor ticket punches.

*Parking available on back and south side of lot.

 
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london muslim mosque

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 London Muslim Mosque hosts thousands of people throughout the week. Apart from basic religious services, the London Muslim Mosque offers educational programs, as well as many other 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!

 

 
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london police service headquarters

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.

 

 
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Middlesex county administative building

399 ridout street/ Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

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 dramatic re-enactments of London’s “last drop”- 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.

 
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Museum london 

421 ridout street/ Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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!

  • Hear indigenous history come to life in the exhibition 'Voices' in which century old wax cylinder recordings of songs and stories are played and translated for the first time.
  • Take in the bright imaginations of the comic artists of Southwestern Ontario in this display of their words and pictures.
  • Explore exhibitions and refuel at the Rhino Café for lunch or specialty sweets.
  • Shop for art in the Muse Shop.
 
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Museum of ARCHAEOLOGY ontario

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 indoor gallery and exhibits featuring artifacts from around Ontario spanning over 12,000 years.

 Things to do!

  • Experience 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.
  • Enjoy cultural workshops and demonstrations, shop for handcrafted items.
  • Have a taste of traditional foods!

 

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

 

Mystery escape room

388 richmond street/ Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4:00pm

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.

 

 
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the royal canadian regiment museum

701 oxford street east/ Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5:00pm

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 the Company «D» of the Infantry School Corps. The museum collection is vast and includes a large variety of artefacts: regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, and more.

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 how the RCR participated in the Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Cold War, and in Peacekeeping and the Afghanistan Unit.
  • Bring the kids for hands-on interactive activities, re-enactments, a military fashion show, and theatre performances!
  • View the museum’s vast collection of military artifacts, which includes items from as far back as 1800. See regimental memorials, silverware, uniforms, medals, original art, weapons, military equipment, archives, musical instruments, and much more!

 

 
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school of DIGITAL AND PERFORming ARTS

137 DUNDAS STREET / SATURDAY 10AM – 2PM

In January 2014, Fanshawe College opened the doors on the first phase of the Centre for Digital and Performance 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.

 
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the secrets of the radar museum

2155 crumlin road/ Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4:00pm

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.

 

 
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st paul's cathedral

472 richmond street/ Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 11:15am - 5pm - all welcome to attend 10am service

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. 
 
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western archives and  research collections centre

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

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.
  • Take part in an archival scavenger hunt!
  • See holdings including early plans for major London landmarks, early photographs from the London Free Press, and literary papers from authors ranging from T.S. Eliot to Emma Donoghue.
  • See first editions of publications on display from Darwin’s On the Origin of Species to Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio.