Doors Open Toronto returns with over 100 sites to visit for free

Written by
Laura Hanrahan

In just a few weeks, Doors Open Toronto will return for a weekend celebration of the city’s heritage, architecture and design.

Beginning on Saturday May 28 and running through Sunday May 29, this year’s Doors Open event is set to have over 100 sites around Toronto to explore (for free), including the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Railway Museum , the Campbell House Museum and the Fort York Historic Site.

Nine free walking tours will be offered throughout the weekend, each focusing on an area of ​​the city, from Downsview to Harbourfront to York University’s Glendon campus. There will even be a “TTC Art Crawl”, which will take people to visit the window murals of three TTC subway stations. For those interested in attending the tours, reservations must be made in advance.

Four talking events, all on various aspects of architecture, will also be part of the weekend. They will cover topics such as what happens when you combine hip hop culture with architecture, and the role of art and architecture in truth and reconciliation.

“Our annual Doors Open weekend has been a great way for residents and visitors to tour buildings across Toronto and understand our city’s architecture,” said Mayor John Tory. “This truly unique behind-the-scenes experience offers a chance to experience and explore our vibrant buildings and neighborhoods. I encourage everyone to, once again, discover Toronto’s hidden gems and participate in all the in-person activities that we are ready to welcome back as a city.

For those who wish to experience the event from the comfort of their own home, there are a number of virtual experiences. Three feature-length documentaries, all centered on the theme of this year’s Doors Open renewal, will be available for streaming on the City’s website. Other Toronto institutions like the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Zoo and the Art Gallery of Ontario all have at-home activities and educational videos to watch.

Written by
Laura Hanrahan