Doors Open Winnipeg is such a neat event and it’s on this weekend May 27 & 28. Think of it as a chance to get a sneak peak behind the doors of our city’s most interesting buildings – some public and some private. Some are self-guided tours and others offer tours that explain the history, architecture and significance. There are more than 85 venues welcoming visitors this weekend.
Here are some highlights new to the event:
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights is offering 45 minute interactive tours every 15 minutes. The exhibits in the museum are one thing, but learning what’s behind the architecture might just blow your mind.
McGregor Street Armory was originally built to train soldiers for the First World War, the facility remains a training headquarters for soldiers and cadets and houses a regimental museum. (If Military History is your thing, the Minto Armory is on the list too.)
The White House was a private residence built atop a commercial building near Portage and Main in 1904. Refurbished by its present owners, this one required advance booking and is now full. But what a great example of the hidden gems in our city!
The Bay Downtown including the now defunct Paddlewheel Restaurant on the top floor.
Check out the full list and be sure to double check tour times. Some buildings are only open one of the two days and some tours require reservations. There are also walking tours if that’s more your thing and you can vote for your favourite.
Don’t forget to check out the Power 97 Facebook page for a quick tour of the studio too!
About Doors Open: It originated in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1990 and quickly expanded nationwide. It evolved into Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days, launched in 1991, further spreading the event across Europe. By 1998, 19 million people had visited some 28,000 sites in 44 countries.
Doors Open Toronto was the first Doors Open event in Canada in 2000. Winnipeg joined in 2004. Doors Open attracts not only tourists, but residents of Winnipeg and Manitoba who are interested in learning the history of many of the city’s architecturally stunning and historically significant buildings.
Check out the Heritage Canada Foundation website for a listing of all the cities across Canada holding Doors Open events.