Doors Open Northumberland Returns

Doors Open Northumberland returns June 1 and 2 with free access to over 25 fascinating cultural spaces in Northumberland! This family-friendly event offers the opportunity to learn more about Northumberland’s unique heritage, architecture and innovation through interactive experiences and tours.

The diverse collection of sites offers something for everybody — from architecturally remarkable buildings and innovative renovations, to interactive solar experiences at Dortwood Observatory and tranquil natural beauty at Schoolhouse Gardens. Explore the stories behind heritage buildings such as Barnum House in Grafton, Proctor House Museum in Brighton and Victoria Retirement Living in Cobourg, or experience the charm of Northumberland while enjoying a horse-drawn wagon ride through the streets of historical Port Hope or watching town criers compete at the provincial competition.

“Doors Open Northumberland is an opportunity for people to access our cultural spaces for free and learn about their history and their importance to our community,” states County Warden John Logel. “This event encourages us to appreciate the heritage, beauty and unique experiences offered in our community that help shape the character of Northumberland.”

A complete listing of participating sites and their hours is available at

Most venues are open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. However, hours may vary for some sites. Visitors are advised to check the dates and times for each venue when planning their trip so they don’t miss any venues on their must-see list. For more information, site brochures are available at and at local municipal offices.

Doors Open Northumberland takes place every two years as part of Doors Open Ontario. The two-day event is hosted by a committee of volunteers from all seven municipalities in the County, with support from Northumberland County Archives.