Festivals & Events / Halifax History May 28, 2018

5 Locations You Can’t Miss During Doors Open Halifax 2018

As you walk through Halifax, the beautiful blend of historical and contemporary architecture tells the story of the city. A story that is all around us, every day—just waiting to be discovered.

On June 2nd and 3rd from 10am to 4pm, Doors Open Halifax is giving you the key to take a deeper look by opening the doors to some of Halifax’s most iconic and fascinating buildings. Start planning your Doors Open experience, and see a whole new side of Halifax!

Here are just 5 of the many locations that you can experience for FREE during this annual event.

1 – Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery

1496 Lower Water Street, Halifax

Housed in the beautiful brewery market building, Alexander Keith’s Brewery is a Halifax institution—and a main stop during Doors Open Halifax. During the event, visitors will be transported back in time as they tour through one of North America’s oldest commercial breweries.

This unique tour, hosted by animators in period costume, will let you discover the story of Alexander Keith, the art of brewing, and the pleasure of tasting a local favourite.

Discover Keith’s Brewery during Doors Open!

2 – Dalhousie University

6299 South Street, Halifax

This year, Dalhousie University is celebrating its 200th anniversary, and to commemorate the event, they are opening the doors to not one, not two, but six buildings!

You can:

No matter what you choose, you’re sure to be stimulated with one of these educational experiences!

Discover Dalhousie during Doors Open!

3 – St. Paul’s Anglican Church

1749 Argyle Street, Halifax

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a focal point of the city’s downtown core, standing tall in Grand Parade. Having opened in 1750, one year after the founding of Halifax, it is the oldest Anglican church in North America and the oldest building in Halifax—and a must-visit during Doors Open Halifax.

During your tour, keep an eye out for the piece of wooden window frame that was lodged in the wall of the church during the Halifax explosion, and still stands there today.

Discover St. Paul’s Church during Doors Open!

4 – Halifax City Hall

1841 Argyle Street, Halifax

With a rich history as a provincial museum, the city library, the city jail—with an infamous escape—and a government building that has been home to many famous politicians, including Alexander Keith, it’s no surprise that this stop is one of the most popular on the event’s roster.

On your visit, not only will you learn more about the history of City Hall, but you’ll have the chance to take a seat in the mayor’s chair.

While there, don’t forget to check out the clock on the north face that is permanently set at 9:04—the exact time the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

Discover City Hall during Doors Open!

5 – Neptune Theatre

1593 Argyle Street, Halifax

For over 50 years, the Neptune Theatre has been inspiring audiences with great stories as Atlantic Canada’s largest professional regional theatre. Each year, the playbill entertains patrons with a wide range of theatrical experiences, including musicals, dramas, and comedies.

During Doors Open, visitors will have a backstage pass to the 57,000-square-foot facility, including—for the first time ever—their props and wardrobe departments!

Discover Neptune Theatre during Doors Open!


The mandate of Doors Open Halifax is to make available to the general public, free access to buildings of historical, contemporary or architectural significance and to generate interest in our built environment.

When: June 2nd & 3rd, 2018 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: See all 2018 venues

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The Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society is happy to present a roster of over 30 venues for this year’s sixth anniversary event. Buildings in Halifax and area will open their doors to the public for free and invite them to view interiors not usually accessible. People will have a chance to explore a variety of venues that represent the dynamics of our history, our culture and the industry that has shaped the region.

This is a family-friendly event and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Doors Open Halifax 2018!

Feeling inspired to explore of the city? Don’t miss Doors Open Halifax!

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