2016 Doors Open Winnipeg May 28-29

Barber House in Point Douglas, circa 1862
Barber House in Point Douglas, circa 1862

2016 marks the 13th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, a free event put on by Heritage Winnipeg that opens up build­ings of histor­ical and archi­tec­tural interest to the public. Dozens of build­ings and sites are avail­able May 28-29. Volunteers offer a variety of tours. Many of the build­ings remain “working” build­ings rather than museums.

This year’s offer­ings include the Burton Cummings Theatre, Mariaggi Hotel, Government House, Red Road Lodge (the former Occidental Hotel), and the ever-popular Vaughan Street Jail.

The City of Winnipeg is getting into the act with Animal Services at 1057 Logan open for the weekend, offering a chance to visit the canine homeless.

Special events include walking tours of Downtown and the Exchange district.  One tour offers a chance to find out, through the buildings in the downtown area, why Winnipeg has been the business centre for agriculture in Western Canada.

The unexpected interior of Barber House in Point Douglas-you can’t always judge a book by its cover.
The unexpected interior of Barber House in Point Douglas-you can’t always judge a book by its cover.

Doors Open began in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990, with dozens of countries partic­i­pating within ten years, and the number of visitors hitting 20 million in 2000. After the European success, New York City, Sydney, Australia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, launched their own Doors Open programs. Doors Open came to Canada when Toronto started an annual event in 2000.

For further infor­ma­tion see doorsopenwinnipeg.ca

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