Ever wonder what goes on at MaRS? Come one, come all—and come prepared with questions! MaRS is proud to participate in Doors Open Toronto 2012 on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, 2012, welcoming the public to tour the facility, learn about its history and find out more about what we do.
Originally developed from a European model, Doors Open Toronto began as a millennium project for the City of Toronto in 2000, a weekend during which buildings that are normally closed to the public—or which charge an entrance fee—open their doors and welcome visitors to look around for free.
The first Doors Open Day (La Journée Portes Ouvertes) took place in France in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Scotland. Since 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted over 1.7 million residents and tourists, celebrating Toronto’s history and heritage through the exploration of historic, architectural and cultural gems.
MaRS is one of approximately 150 buildings featured during the Doors Open weekend, and the public is encouraged to visit, tour and ask questions they might have about the building, its history and its current purpose.
MaRS will be staffed with volunteers who will facilitate self-guided tours of the building for all visitors, including stops at featured tenants Martin Prosperity Institute and the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab. Other stops of interest include a visit to the auditorium, where videos will help tell the MaRS story; an interactive station spotlighting a successful technology startup mentored by MaRS; a close-up view of the MaRS Centre Phase 2 construction site; and a look at the Commemorative Insulin exhibit.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of Doors Open Toronto:
Hope to see you at MaRS!