Doors Open Information
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Official Guide to Doors Open Toronto
The official guide will be available to the public on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in the (Entertainment Section) of the Toronto Star newspaper.
An event map of all participating buildings is available under the Buildings page of this website, or you can pick up the Toronto Star on Thursday, May 17, 2018 for a pull-out guide and map to Doors Open Toronto.
Unfortunately we cannot mail out a guide as we do not receive them from the Toronto Star in time to mail out to the public. Guides are also available for pick-up at participating buildings and Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Most buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday; however, visit the Buildings page on this website to check the specific hours for the buildings you are interested in. Make sure you click on the listing for a detailed description of each site, the visitor experience and full info on their hours of operation. You can also use the TTC Trip Planner to find the most direct public transit route.
Information about accessible barrier-free buildings is available on the Buildings page of this website. Buildings display icons that indicate whether they are Fully Accessible or Partially Accessible.
Fully Accessible: To qualify as a fully barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible location, venues offer accessible entrance/interior and public washrooms – if the venue offers public washrooms.
Partially Accessible: To qualify as a partially barrier-free and partially wheelchair-accessible, at minimum venues offer an accessible entrance/interior.
Although the City of Toronto does not create an official app for the event, some independent developers do. You can create a mobile app yourself by downloading the Doors Open data from Open Data. Please note, all past apps were created using Open Data and were not commissioned by the City of Toronto.
Doors Open Toronto History
Toronto was the first city in North America to launch this event dedicated to building heritage, architecture and design. Developed as a millennium project in 2000 by the City of Toronto, Doors Open Toronto has since attracted more than 2 million visits to more than 700 unique buildings across the city. In 2002, inspired by the successful Toronto program, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust) launched Doors Open Ontario.
Doors Open International
The inspiration for Doors Open Toronto came from Europe. France was the first country to launch its Doors Open program in 1984, followed by Glasgow in 1990. Currently, 48 European countries participate every September during European Heritage Month. In addition, Australia and the United States have also joined the highly successful Doors Open movement.
Other Doors Open events
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
New York City, New York, USA
Council of Europe Heritage Days