Osgoode Hall is older than Canada
Each year at the end May, Osgoode Hall opens its doors to the public as a part of Doors Open Toronto, the city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architecture.
Osgoode Hall, a National Historic Site of Canada, is one of the oldest buildings in Toronto and a hub of legal life in Ontario. The building houses the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice and the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body of lawyers and paralegals in the province.
The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto is a free celebration running from May 27-28, 2017. It offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visitors in nearly 700 unique locations across the city.
In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, the theme is "15 Decades of Canadian Architecture." The 2017 edition will feature 150 buildings representing each decade since the 1860s, as well as a collection of buildings from the pre-Confederation era.
Address: 130 Queen Street West (at University Avenue) (map)
Saturday, May 27 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Last Admittance: 4:30pm
Sunday, May 28 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Last Admittance: 4:30pm
Knowledgeable volunteers are stationed at various points of interest to answer questions. Interior photography and filming is permitted without a tripod. Bring a camera and have a photo taken in legal robes in one of the courtrooms. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Find other ways to visit and learn about Osgoode Hall.
Access to Osgoode Hall is through the main doors facing Queen Street West. While access to the elevator during the event is by request, any volunteer in the atrium will be able to assist. All of the rooms are accessible and there are accessible washrooms on the second floor. The pick-up location for Wheel-Trans is at the University Avenue gate.
For information on other Doors Open venues, events and walking tours, visit http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.