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Doors Open Toronto - CAMH Historic Patient Built Walls

Event Short Description

CAMH's historic patient built walls will be featured as part of the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf taking place this weekend on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, 25th.

Start Time

5/24/2014 10:00 AM

End Time

5/25/2014 10:00 AM

Event Location Name

CAMH, 1001 Queen St. West


Southwest corner of Queen and Shaw Streets







Full Event Description

The 15th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf is a city-wide celebration offering free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

This year's theme is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door. Close to 80 locations feature secret spaces, stories of spirit sightings and unexplained mysteries. Look for the mysterious keyhole icon while browsing the list of participating buildings or walking tours.

Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

For additional information and maps related to the tours of CAMH's Historic Patient Built Walls click here.

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Last admittance: 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Last admittance: 4:00 pm

Visitors will be taken on a guided tour of portions of the 1860 and 1888-89 walls during which the work and contributions of patients who lived and died behind this structure will be highlighted. This includes the oldest physical examples of psychiatric patients' labour from 19th century Ontario which are now 154-years old, etchings carved into these historical walls by asylum inmates, bricked in windows, an old railway track and archival photographs. The hour-long walking tours will depart on the hour starting from 10 am, with the last tour departing at 4 pm. All tours will start at the southwest corner of Queen Street West and Shaw Street.

See also: Doors Open in Ossington Village

Contact Name

City of Toronto Special Events Office

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Content Type: Community Events
Version: 2.0
Created at 5/21/2014 11:24 AM by jackie_nourse
Last modified at 5/21/2014 5:04 PM by jackie_nourse
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