Doors Open brings in more than 1,500 to Oshawa’s Auto Museum

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Published May 12, 2023 at 9:18 am

Doors Open Ontario arrived in Oshawa May 6 and thousands of residents and visitors alike took up the invitation, with more than 1,500 people welcomed at the Canadian Automotive Museum on Simcoe Street alone.

The province-wide initiative celebrated the architecture, history and culture of cities, with this year’s theme the exploration of Ontario’s food traditions and history of food production, as well as the spaces that shape and define our culinary heritage.

Free admission to 15 museums and attractions in Oshawa – many of which do not offer public visits or tours – was an added incentive for the annual event.

“Doors Open Oshawa is a fabulous way to experience the history and culture of our great city,” Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter said before Saturday’s festivities.

This year’s in-person sites, in addition to the Auto Museum, included:

  • Alexandra’s Bounty Garden (new)
  • Charles Hall (new)
  • City of Oshawa Greenhouse (new)
  • Colonel R. S. McLaughlin Armoury (new)
  • Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority, Oshawa Location (new)
  • Heritage Hall, Purple Woods Conservation Area (new)
  • Biltmore Theatre
  • Camp X / Intrepid Park
  • Islamic Centre of Oshawa
  • Oshawa Museum, Henry House
  • Oshawa Public Libraries, McLaughlin Branch
  • Ontario Regiment Museum
  • Regent Theatre
  • Robert McLaughlin Gallery
  • Simcoe Street United Church

The McLaughlin Bandshell at Memorial Park, featuring a performance by the Oshawa Civic Band, was also on the Doors Open list.

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