Get exclusive behind-the-scenes look at historic locations with Doors Open Brampton

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Published August 29, 2023 at 11:11 am

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Brampton residents with a curious mind can catch a glimpse at museum archives, take a backstage tour, or learn about historic locations in the city when Doors Open Ontario returns next month.

First launched in 2002, Doors Open is a province-wide program that gives members of the public free and open access to explore municipal buildings and heritage properties all across Ontario.

The City of Brampton and Region of Peel are getting in on the action again this year, giving residents behind-the-scenes access to seven locations including the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), the new Chinguacousy Library branch, the Lorne Scots Regimental Museum among others.

Doors Open 2023 will run from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 9. Here are all the locations across Brampton you can explore:

Alderlea

Meaning “meadow of alder trees,” Alderlea is a well-preserved heritage building built at the height of the Victorian era and is one of the finest examples of Italianate villa architecture in Ontario. The 19th-century mansion has been restored and guests can see how the house has been adapted for use as a popular heritage venue.

Chinguacousy Library Branch

Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch has moved out of the Civic Centre to make way for the Toronto Metropolitan University’s new School of Medicine, but the new temporary location is now open. Visitors during Doors Open will be able to explore the renovation, which also includes a makerspace.

Four Corners Library Branch

Take a self-guided tour to learn why this branch has been an integral part of the community. Special items housed at this branch include a local history collection of books and newspapers tracing Brampton’s fascinating history, and a makerspace for 3D printing, vinyl cutting and more.

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum

The Lorne Scots Regimental Museum opened in 1980 in what was once the old Brampton firehall. Come and explore the collection of historical and military artifacts that showcases the rich history of the regiment from 1792 to today. After your visit, walk up nearby Carnegie Lane for a preview of the museum’s new home in the former Carnegie Library.

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)

Take in a behind-the-scenes tour of the PAMA facilities and archives, including the historic Peel courthouse, jail and Land Registry Office.

The Rose Theatre

The Rose is an iconic feature in downtown Brampton and a destination for local and world-renowned performers. Doors Open will feature a backstage tour of the facility and a look at the theatre’s two performance venues.

Springdale Library Branch

Tour the LEED award-winning (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Springdale Library Branch building and explore digital collections and a makerspace demo with prizes available to be won.

For more information on Doors Open Brampton visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.

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