Historic Buildings and Museums Opening Doors to Public

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Every year, a number of Kingston’s old stones and new stones – historic buildings, museums and other buildings of cultural interest – throw their doors open to visitors as part of the Ontario Heritage Trust Open Doors event.

This year 25 locations are participating in Doors Open Kingston on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A map of the locations can be downloaded at www.cityofkingston.ca/events or can be picked up at any of the participating locations.

Details are offered, below, for City-run locations. See www.doorsopenontario.on.ca for more details on the other participating locations.


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  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre – University Avenue at Bader Lane (www.aeac.ca)
  • Canada’s Penitentiary Museum – 555 King St. W. (www.penitentiarymuseum.ca).
  • Princess of Wales Own Regiment – 100 Montreal St.
  • Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation – 611 Princess St.
  • Chalmers United Church -212 Barrie St.
  • First Baptist Church – 110 Sydenham St.
  • Frontenac County Schoolhouse Museum – 414 Regent St., Barriefield
  • Grand Theatre – 218 Princess St. (www.kingstongrand.ca). Enjoy a free guided tour of Kingston’s heritage theatre, and explore the restored backstage, auditorium and lobby areas. Space on the tours is limited, so arrive early to find out about the City’s premier performing arts facility (please note that the backstage area is not accessible to all).
  • HMCS Cataraqui – 24 Duty Dr.
  • International Hockey Hall of Fame – 277 York St. (www.ihhof.com)
  • Kingston City Hall – 216 Ontario St. (www.cityofkingston.ca)
  • Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club – 623 King St. W.
  • Kingston Police Headquarters – 705 Division St. (www.kpf.ca)
  • Kingston Information Centre – 209 Ontario St.
  • MacLachlan Woodworking Museum – 2993 Highway 2 East (www.cityofkingston.ca/museum). Open until 5 p.m., the museum offers a wide variety of programming, including: guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., a tour to Learn about the Cabinetmakers Shop at 1:30 p.m. and hands-on opportunities at the Making a Cedar Shake workshop at 11:30 a.m. and the Paper-making workshop at 3:30 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the interactive children’s exhibit. Pack a lunch and enjoy at day at the museum in beautiful Grass Creek Park.
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston – 55 Ontario St. (www.marmuseum.ca)
  • Museum of Health Care at Kingston – Ann Baillie Building, 32 George St. (www.museumofhealthcare.ca)
  • Portsmouth Town Hall – 623 King St. W.
  • Pump House Steam Museum – 23 Ontario St. (www.cityofkingston.ca/museum). Free tours are being offered all day at Kingston’s first water pumping station. The Pump House Steam Museum offers fun for the whole family. Guided museum tours are set for 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Or come to the Learn about Steam tours at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m., the 10-Minute Science presentations at 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. or the Ride the Railway tour at 1 p.m.
  • Renaissance Event Venue – 285 Queen St.
  • St. George’s Cathedral – 270 King St. E. (www.stgeorgescathedral.on.ca)
  • St. Mark’s Anglican Church – 268 Main St., Barriefield
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 130 Clergy St. E.
  • Summerhill – 55 Stuart St.
  • Sydenham St. United Church – 82 Sydenham St. (www.ssuc.org)