Explore Kingston and area cultural sites during Doors Open events

The first of three local Doors Open dates is July 20, 2024. Photo via KAM website.

More than 15 sites in the Kingston area will welcome the public during the 2024 Doors Open Kingston and Area events. Every year, the Ontario Heritage Trust works with communities across the province to open the doors, gates, and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites so that residents and visitors can explore the stories inside, according to a release from Kingston & Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM).

“Doors Open remains a popular event within the Kingston region, and is a fun, exciting way for residents and visitors to engage with local cultural heritage experiences and places. This year’s theme of adaptive re-use is particularly interesting as so many cultural heritage sites continue to evolve and adapt to their community contexts in a variety of ways,” said Jamie McKenzie-Naish, KAM Managing Director.

KAM said it is honoured to coordinate this Ontario Heritage Trust program, in partnership with the City of Kingston, for the benefit of the local community.

“Doors Open is always an interesting and engaging event. Kingston is known for its rich and varied cultural heritage, with many historic buildings that have been adapted to new purposes. Through the collaborative efforts of community partners and organizations, and their willingness to open their doors, residents and visitors will have a great opportunity to learn about these buildings and how their stories continue to evolve,” added Kevin Gibbs, Director of Heritage Services at the City of Kingston.

Doors Open Kingston & Area is a drop-in event for 2024, and entry to all participating Doors Open Kingston & Area sites remains free to the public during the event days. According to the release, some participating sites are offering additional, added-value programming events that do require registration.

The local Doors Open 2024 events will take place on Saturday, Jul. 20, Saturday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024.

According to the release, the current list of participating sites and dates for 2024 includes:

  • Saturday July 20th, 2024
    o Barriefield Village
    o Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
    o Frontenac County Schools Museum
    o Gallery Raymond
    o Museum of Health Care at Kingston
    o Murney Tower Museum
    o Museum of Lennox and Addington
    o MacPherson House and Park
    o PumpHouse (outdoor walking tour only)
    o Queen’s University Archives
    o South Frontenac Museum
    o St. George’s Cathedral
    o St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Saturday August 24th, 2024
    o Barriefield Village
    o Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
    o Frontenac County Schools Museum
    o Gallery Raymond
    o Museum of Health Care at Kingston
    o Murney Tower Museum
    o PumpHouse (outdoor walking tour only)
    o Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum
    o South Frontenac Museum
    o St. George’s Cathedral
    o St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Saturday September 28th, 2024
    o Barriefield Village
    o Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
    o Frontenac County Schools Museum
    o Gallery Raymond
    o Great Lakes Museum
    o Military Communications & Electronics Museum and the Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Museum
    o St. George’s Cathedral
    o St. Mary’s Cathedral
    o Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity
    o The Spire
    o W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections

KAM said that the Doors Open Kingston & Area 2024 event welcomes mask-wearing by the visiting public but is not generally required for entry. According to the release, individual sites may still be implementing ongoing COVID-19 health & safety protocols. If you are unsure or require more information about the site you want to visit, please contact the site directly, KAM suggested.

To find out more, and for details on how to register for additional programming, visit: https://www.kingstonmuseums.ca/doors-open-kingston-area and download the Doors Open Kingston & Area 2024 Activity Guide.

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