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A day (and night) of history, art and community

Take guided tours at Doors Open Guelph during the day, roam museum at night
Visitors enjoy a tour of the Hammond Radio Museum in 2016. Photo by Rukhsar Jaffer.

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, visitors and locals alike will take in guided tours at Doors Open Guelph during the day, and roam the Guelph Civic Museum at night. Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites.

Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.  The 2018 event will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2018 Site details can be viewed here.

On average, Doors Open Guelph attracts 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-50 per cent of whom are visitors to the city. Last year the event attracted a record 8,000 visits to 15 sites. Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Foundation initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. Guelph’s event has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.

This year Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce a collaboration with Guelph Museum’s Doors Open After Dark, the Museum’s second annual history-at-night party. After a day exploring Guelph’s hidden gems, Doors Open visitors are encouraged to save some energy to celebrate Guelph’s 191st birthday with pop-up art and history installations at and around the museum.

The free fun begins at 9 p.m. Artists and historians can watch for a Call to Artists to be released by March 9. For more information about Doors Open After Dark, visit Doors Open Guelph’s success is due to the enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers who serve as site captains, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more.

Join us as a volunteer and help make Doors Open Guelph a true community celebration. If you’re interested in lending a hand please fill out a volunteer signup form or contact Katie Wilde at [email protected] or 519-836-3280.

By Guelph Arts Council


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