Jamestown’s Attractions invite you to treat yourself, your family, and your friends to the Annual Doors Open Jamestown, a FREE day at your local museums and attractions. History, art, nature and comedy – all are open for you!

Doors Open is scheduled for January 18, 2020 from 10am to 5pm. 

Check out our 2020 attractions below! Click the buttons below to jump to other sections. 

Doors Open Events: Offering one of their “Lost Words” events!

From the Audubon Community Nature Center Website: Audubon Community Nature Center is a 570-acre wetland preserve that includes over five miles of trails, a native tree arboretum, picnic areas, a natural play space, and educational gardens for you to explore daily from dawn until dusk. You can visit Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her enclosure near the building. Public programs, animal ambassadors, and docents may also be available to enrich your experience.

Doors Open Events: Tours of the Mill!

From the Busti Historical Society Website: The Busti Mill is a historic grist mill located in the Town of Busti in Chautauqua County, New York. It was built in 1839 and remained in operation until 1960. It produced wheat flour, cornmeal, buckwheat flour, and animal feed. In 1973, it became property of the Busti Historical Society. In 2013 the mill was restored to operation and rededicated to the community.

Doors Open Events: Tours of the hotel and food specials at the Lakehouse Tap & Grill

From the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel Website: Welcome to the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel located in a beautiful and quaint lake front community on the shores of historic Chautauqua Lake in Celoron, New York. Our hotel features 135 deluxe guest rooms and suites- many with patios and views of the lake. Our Lakehouse Tap and Grille offers American Cuisine serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Weather permitting guests can enjoy outside dining with a perfect view of the lake. The Carousel Bar is the perfect spot to relax and meet friends for drinks, brick oven pizzas, and local microbrews. Our wide screen TV’s make viewing your favorite teams an unforgettable experience. We have an indoor and outdoor pool, hotel tub and state of the art fitness center.

Doors Open Events: WJTN Live Radio Broadcast from 10am-11am. Free soup available at lunch time!

From the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Website: The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1980 to honor and preserve the sports history of Chautauqua County, New York. They maintain an Exhibit Hall in downtown Jamestown.

Doors Open Events: Free play for kids!

From the Children’s Activity Corner Website: The Children’s Museum of Jamestown (Children’s Activity Corner) encourages the curiosity and imagination of children and families by providing fun, interactive experiences, and programs for families to explore, discover, and play together in a welcoming environment.

Doors Open Events: Tours of the historic Partridge Sheldon House.

About the Partridge Sheldon House from Daughters of the American Revolution Website: This combination of architectural styles may have come about through repeated remodeling procedures. City records mark a building on this site as early as 1845. A builder-carpenter, Joel Partridge, was resident at that time and may also have constructed the house. It’s believed that Partridge is also the one who named the street “Prospect.” The home is most familiarly known as the residence of the professionally and socially prominent Porter Sheldon family who became owners in 1880. In the 1880’s Sheldon was one of the founders of the American Aristotype Co. which produced stable photographic paper. The company later became part of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester. It was during this time period that the house was elevated to its current mansion status with over 20 rooms.

Doors Open Events: Tour the newly renovated space!

From the DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown Website: Discover our reimagined DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown hotel and experience unique world-class service. Located in the heart of Jamestown, our newly renovated hotel is a quick stroll to all downtown attractions. Share some laughs at the National Comedy Center or visit the Lucy Desi Museum for some local history. The Northwest Ice Arena hosts great sporting events and recreational activities. Experience the unique culture of Jamestown when you visit the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Little Theatre, or the locally owned shops and boutiques.

Doors Open Events: Discover Jamestown’s History!

From the Fenton History Center’s Facebook: Southern Chautauqua County’s history lives at the Fenton History Center. Visit the 1863 Italianate Villa home of Reuben E. Fenton, 22nd New York State Governor and historical Hall House that was built in 1846.

Doors Open Events: Extended Makerspace hours and half off their daily book sale!

From the James Prendergast Library Website: The James Prendergast Library was a gift to the city from Alexander Prendergast, the city founder’s son and his wife, Mary. They commissioned the building in memory of their son, James Prendergast, who died in 1879 at the age of 31. The library was completed at a cost of $60,000 and was furnished with an art gallery at a cost of $45,000. It opened December 1, 1891 and contained 8,666 volumes.

Doors Open Events: Free entry to the museum!

From the Lucy Desi Museum Website: The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum explores the lives, careers and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy” and the incredible impact they had on the world. The museum features rare artifacts and re-created sets from the most beloved TV comedy of all time, “I Love Lucy.”

Doors Open Events: Get a tour of the visitor center and planetarium room. Check out their two large 24″ and 20″ telescopes!

From the Martz-Kohl Observatory Website: The Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to the amateur astronomer. The emphasis of our Association is observational astronomy, well-rooted in public education and enjoyment of the starry skies. Martz Kohl Observatory is the base of operations for our organization and is key to our public education efforts. We are actively involved in renovation work at the observatory and welcome volunteer workers to speed up our observatory modernization progress.

Doors Open Events: Take a self guided tour of the historic house!

From the Marvin Community House WebsiteThe Marvin House originally was an eight-room farmhouse, owned by Mrs. Richard Lewis. The old house opened on Main Street. Even though it was an old house, it was the location and the neighborhood that appealed to Mr. Marvin. He bought the building in 1989 and proceeded to build rooms around it in front and on the south side. It is said that he might better have built a new home from scratch – he spent a small fortune on it. Architect, E.G.W. Dietrich, from New York City, designed the Marvin House.

***Preregistration for the National Comedy Center is required due to limited capacity. Unfortunately, Doors Open 2020 is currently sold out.***

From the National Comedy Center Website: The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations, as formally designated by the U.S. Congress in 2019. Opened in August 2018 in Jamestown, New York, the museum complex offers an unprecedented visitor experience using state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create the first true 21st Century museum environment.

Doors Open Events: Guided tours at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15. Movies at the Reg – Maleficent Mistress of Evil showing at 4pm ($6 admission for movie)!

From the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Website: Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is at the heart of the arts and cultural district in Jamestown NY. The Reg showcases a wide variety of events including live concerts, movies, ballet, orchestras, gallery shows and more. The center includes a 1,165 seat historic theater, a multi-media arts studio, pre-function event space, the Wright Conference room, 3rd On 3rd Art Gallery and WRFA-LP 107.9 FM low power community radio station. The Reg showcases a wide variety of events, workshops, gallery shows and is utilized by many community organizations.

Doors Open Events: Tour the Jackson Center and learn about Robert H. Jackson, the Supreme Court, and the Nuremburg Trial!

From the Robert H. Jackson Center Website: The mission of the Robert H. Jackson Center is to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at Nuremberg.

Doors Open Events: Explore their galleries, museum store, and world-class architecture. Current exhibition is Guy Coheleach: Wildlife in Art!

From the Roger Tory Peterson Institute Website: In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution.

Doors Open Events: Free Public Skate from 1-4pm ($3 skate rentals); Ice Bumper Cars available 2-5pm ($6 for bumper cars)

Paper copies will be available at every Attraction. You are welcome to submit online using the form below!