Doors Open Ottawa

Unlock Ottawa’s Hidden Gems: Doors Open Ottawa Invites You to Explore the City’s Treasures for free!

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Doors Open Ottawa is an annual event that takes place in the city of Ottawa, Canada, where buildings and places of historical, cultural, and social significance are opened to the public for free. The event provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to explore the city’s rich heritage and culture, and to learn about the people, places, and events that have shaped the city.

It is organized by the City of Ottawa and has been running since 2002. The event is usually held over a weekend in early June and features over 120 buildings and sites that are open to the public. These include government buildings, embassies, museums, historic homes, places of worship, and other notable landmarks.

Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes and explore places that are not usually open to the public. There are also guided tours and special activities organized at some of the sites. The event provides a unique opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Ottawa, as well as to explore the city’s diverse communities and neighbourhoods.

Doors Open Ottawa is part of a larger international movement of Doors Open events, which began in France in 1984 and has since spread to cities around the world. The aim of these events is to promote civic engagement and community building by opening up public and private spaces to the public.

It is a free event for everyone. There is no cost to visit any of the participating buildings or sites. This makes it an accessible event for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and discover more about the history and culture of Ottawa. However, some sites may have limited access or require reservations in advance, so it is important to check the event’s official website for more information on each participating location.

In 2023, the event will be held on June 3rd and 4th.

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