Jamestown Opens Its Doors


Doors Open Jamestown returns Saturday, January 19th

Contributing Writer
Zach Agett
Marketing and Events Manager
Jamestown Renaissance

Doors Open Jamestown returns Saturday, January 19th from 10am-5pm. Featuring free admission to 20 attractions throughout the Greater Jamestown Area, it’s a great day to get out and experience something new.

Doors Open Jamestown is a wonderful opportunity to get out of your house in the middle of January and remember all of the great things Jamestown has to offer. It’s always exciting to hear about someone experiencing something they didn’t know about and then sharing it with their friends and family.

“Doors Open Jamestown last year was the first time I had ever been to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and it was amazing! I had no idea it would be so great,” proclaimed Sharon, who then brought family from out of town back to check it out over the summer.

“It’s a great opportunity for local residents to see something they’ve never experienced before. We want people to realize how great all of our attractions are, spread the word, and then come back,” said Zach Agett from Jamestown Up Close.

New participants for 2019 include the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, National Comedy Center, Tot Spot, and Venue 31. However, pre-registration was required for the National Comedy Center, and has already filled, so if you missed out, be sure to check back early in 2020.

The rest of the major attractions are back for 2019. Many of the attractions offer something special to help make your day more enjoyable.

As an example, The Robert H. Jackson Center will feature Vince Liuzzo recreating the Robert H. Jackson statue with a Chainsaw out front, and features two screenings of Jackson’s documentary, “Liberty Under Law.” Tours of the Center will also be provided.
Doors Open Jamestown is also a great family outing. Family friendly features include: a free public skate at Northwest Arena from 1pm to 6pm; photo booth, scavenger hunt, and instrument petting zoo at Infinity; a nature play day at Audubon; kids cookie decorating at Venue 31; various activities for children at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute; and, of course, an entire venue dedicated to young children at The Tot Spot.

“I’ve been visiting different attractions as part of Doors Open Jamestown for the past four years, and each year, our family discovers something new. We make a day of it. Last year, we started at the Martz Observatory, came downtown for lunch, and then went to the Fenton History Center, the Lucy Museum, and finished up at RTPI. It was fun, and we are looking forward to seeing some of the new places this year,” said Chad, a Jamestown resident.

Fenton History Center

If just the attractions aren’t enough for you, Doors Open Jamestown also features raffles. Each attraction features a basket raffle, with entry just for coming in the doors. The basket features various items from each attraction including tickets, books, birdseed, gift certificates and miscellaneous items.

Robert H. Jackson Center

A second raffle has been bolstered this year, and will now feature three winners. Participants can enter this raffle by making a $10 purchase at an attraction or downtown restaurant or retailer, or by completing 5 scavenger hunt questions. Each attraction has provided one question each, and the answers can be found by visiting each attraction. Raffle sheets will be available at each attraction, and at downtown restaurants and retailers.

All who submit receipts or forms will be entered to win one of 3 prize packages. Each package includes a one night stay at the new Hilton DoubleTree Jamestown as well a $20 gift certificate to their restaurant, Pearl City Hops; a $30 Chamber of Commerce Gift Card; and $30 to a downtown restaurant or retailer of the winner’s choice, courtesy of Jamestown Up Close.

On the day of the event, Jamestown Up Close and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will have an informational tent set up in AIDS Memorial Park, located at the corner of 3rd Street and Potter’s Alley. Stop by to ask questions, get information, turn in raffle entries, or just say hello.

For more information on Doors Open Jamestown, or to find an updated list of the day’s activities, please visit doorsopenjamestown.com, or follow the Doors Open Jamestown Event on Facebook.


Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road
Nature play day for kids

Busti Grist Mill, 3443 Lawson Road
Offering tours

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, 10 Dunham Avenue
3 menu items with special price of $10

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, 21 E 3rd Street

Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, 15 W 3rd Street
WJTN on site from 10-11am; soup and crackers at lunch time

Daughters of the American Revolution, 70 Prospect Street

Fenton History Center, 67 Washington Street
Last chance for “Made in Jamestown” exhibit; new Suffrage exhibit preview

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, 310 E 2nd Street
Photo booth, scavenger hunt, instrument petting zoo

James Prendergast Public Library, 509 Cherry Street
Featuring their Makerspace and Fireplace Room

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, 2 W 3rd Street

Lucille Ball Little Theatre, 18 E 2nd Street
Meet the cast at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

Martz Kohl Observatory, 176 Robbin Hill Road, Frewsburg
Offering tours

National Comedy Center, 203 W 2nd Street
*Preregistration required due to limited capacity. SOLD OUT

Northwest Arena, 319 W 3rd Street
Free skate from 1-6pm

Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E 3rd Street
Tours of theater and newly constructed spaces from 10am-3pm;
3rd on 3rd show; Fantastic Beasts 2 at 4pm ($5 admission)

Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E 4th Street
Chainsaw carving of the Jackson Statue, 2 Jackson documentary screenings

Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis Street
Last chance to see Alberto Rey’s “Extinct Birds Project”;
free refreshments and gift shop promotions

Spire Theater, 317 E 3rd Street

Tot Spot, 14 E 2nd Street

Venue 31, 31 N Main Street
Free hot chocolate, kids cookie decorating, and a few vendors on site