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42 sites to explore during Doors Open Richmond weekend

25 May 2016

Fancy trying dragon boating or taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a museum as an exhibition is installed? How about adding your own creative touch to a piece of community artwork? These are just some of the options offered at 42 arts, culture and heritage sites during the ninth annual Doors Open Richmond on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.

“The annual Doors Open Richmond celebration showcases the vibrancy of Richmond’s heritage, arts and culture,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This event also demonstrates the creative and cultural depth throughout all the neighbourhoods in our community.”

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, choose from places of interest including museums, national historic sites, parks, galleries, artists’ home studios and places of worship that are opening their doors for free to visitors.

This year’s Doors Open Richmond will kick off with an opening celebration on Friday, June 3 at the historic Minoru Chapel and the elegant Pierrefonds Gardens. The kickoff celebration is from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music, light refreshments, children’s crafts and community displays. Minoru Chapel is one of Richmond’s most treasured heritage buildings and is located at 6540 Gilbert Road. Visitors can explore the stunning architectural interior of the 1891 chapel, accompanied by piano music.

A huge choice of new experiences awaits you. Among the packed schedule at Britannia Shipyards, try dragon boating; sign up in advance for a tour of Richmond Museum as the “Leave Your Mark” exhibition is installed; and visit Branscombe House, the recently restored heritage building dating back to 1908. Rhonda Weppler, inaugural Artist-in-Residence, will be on-site to welcome visitors into her studio/living space with everyone invited to add to her “International Picnic” project.

On Saturday, June 4, the themes of Richmond’s cultural heritage and built environment are explored through five bus trips visiting various sites across Richmond. Seats are limited and cost $5 per person. Visit to find out more about the various bus tours, departure times, places to be visited and how to register.

For more information about all of the participating sites, visit or pick up a Doors Open Richmond 2016 map brochures at any City of Richmond facilities. This event can also be followed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Doors Open Richmond is possible thanks to the support of the City of Richmond, Richmond Museum Society, Polygon Homes, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Public Art Richmond, Richmond Heritage Commission, the Department of Canadian Heritage, British Columbia Arts Council, Richmond News and the Richmond Days of Summer.