Richmond takes innovative virtual approach to community cultural experience

Despite disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Richmond’s Doors Open event will go forward this year as scheduled — with an online twist.

Starting June 6 and ending June 13, people from Richmond and beyond can learn more about what happens behind closed doors throughout the city. This year’s Doors Open Richmond takes a virtual approach with #DoorsOpenOnline, offering a peek into Richmond’s vibrant arts, culture and heritage scene from the comfort of home. Over 30 sites will be accessible for discovery on mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers.

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Doors Open Richmond is presented by the Richmond Museum Society in partnership with the City of Richmond.

“Now more than ever, being able to provide a sense of togetherness is really important,” says Educational Programs Coordinator at Richmond Museum Emily Ooi. “Granted we’re used to physically being able to gather in these locations and explore and ask questions. But we think you’ll find this year that you can still explore these sites in a new way.”

Celebrating cultural diversity and civic awareness, new videos and behind the scenes footage will be posted on the Richmond Museum’s online platforms of participating sites, including exclusive content that showcases their operations and employees, as well as interesting attractions, artifacts or products.

In addition, participants can play along with Nature Bingo with Terra Nova Park, learn about special artwork found at Richmond Caring Place or make a Collection Connection with an artefact in the Richmond Museum's extensive collection.

“We hope that people discover a new place in Richmond, or perhaps learn about a place they’ve maybe walked by and wondered about,” Ooi says. “And by following, liking, and sharing online, they’re supporting the larger Richmond community.”

Anyone can participate by following Richmond Museum on Facebook and Instagram at @RichmondMuseum, Twitter at @Richmond_Museum, or by following the hashtag #DoorsOpenOnline.

To see the entire list of virtual Doors Open Richmond activities, visit www.richmondmuseum.ca/doors-open.

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