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Doors Open at the Istituto



Doors Open at the Istituto

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to participate to Doors Open, the event that provides an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city – many of which are not usually open to the public.

The current premises were built in 1897 by Strichland & Simons in Queen Anne Style, enriched with some Palladian elements. The Institute building belongs to the Italian Government. It was renovated in 1979 by Architect Paul Martel. The gallery was also renovated in 1992 by Architects Francesco & Aldo Piccaluga on the occasion of the exhibit by Ettore Sottsass.

On Saturday, May 26 the doors of the Istituto will be open from 10am to 5 pm, don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit an authentic a characteristic building in the heart of the Annex!


Doors Open Toronto, a city-wide celebration recognized as one of Toronto’s most culturally significant events. Over the past decade demand has increased rapidly from building owners, architects and developers and the City of Toronto is excited to work with the community to showcase their buildings to residents and visitors.

Developed as a millennium project in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than 2 million visitors since its inception. People of all ages and backgrounds have had the opportunity to learn about Toronto’s history, become involved, and celebrate Toronto’s built heritage for free!

The inspiration for Doors Open Toronto came from Europe. France was the first country to launch its Doors Open program in 1984, followed by Glasgow in 1990. Currently, 48 European countries participate every September during European Heritage Month. Toronto was the first North American city to offer a Doors Open program, and has inspired similar events across the continent. In addition, Australia and the United States have also joined the highly successful Doors Open movement.

The Doors Open website in now live! Check it out here:


Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Time: From 10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura and City of Toronto

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura | 496 Huron Street


City of Toronto