Saturday, May 26th

Closed Sunday, May 27th

Doors Open at 10:00 a.m. Last entry at 4:30 p.m.

The Archives will once again be participating in Doors Open Toronto. The theme for this year is Film: The Great Romance. See below for a list of Archives events and activities throughout the day.

Ground Floor


Wide Open World: A Celebration of the Suburbs

The post-war suburbs transformed our ideal of the good life. The farmland outside the city suddenly sprouted houses, schools, apartment buildings and shopping centres – all of it new. Featuring the work of official city photographers, freelancers and amateurs, this exhibit documents people raising families, building communities, working and celebrating together in Toronto’s suburbs.

Who lived in your house?

All homes have a story, and the Toronto Archives can help you discover the story of yours. Drop by the Archives table to learn how to research your house.

Community Wall

People of the Green Line is a photographic exhibit exploring the stories and people who live and work along the Green Line, a 5km planned linear park and trail through the Dupont hydro corridor, between Davenport Village and the Annex.

Spadina Room


Over 100,000 images from our collection have been scanned and made available on our website. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about how our collection is scanned and photographed.


See the tools and techniques used by our conservator to preserve the city’s archival records, and take part in a fun family conservation activity.

Second Floor

Viewing Gallery – Records Centre

Capacity for 123,000 boxes – almost 2½ boxes for every seat in the Rogers Centre. Shelves are 36 feet high – that’s 3 storeys or over 23 miles of shelving!

Life in the Details: Ephemera at the Archives

Ephemera represents all those throw-away documents collected during everyday life, such as tickets, programs and flyers. This exhibit features ephemera from our collection that helps stimulate our thinking about the day to day lives of Torontonians, lending colour and texture to our picture of the past.

Research Hall

Take this opportunity to see some of the city’s rarest and most precious documents. Celebrating Film: The Great Romance, view original plans, renditions and photographs of some of Toronto’s most famous movie theatres, some surviving, some gone, some re-purposed. You will also have the opportunity to talk to staff who can help you to discover more about our shared history.

Boardroom – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join an archivist to explore our website and online catalogue. Learn how to effectively search for records, photographs and maps. Get navigation tips and lots more!