05/15/2013 01:34 EDT | Updated 07/15/2013 05:12 EDT

CBC opens doors for Canada Lives Here Experience

CBC is opening the doors of the Toronto Broadcast Centre this weekend for a large, multimedia exhibit called The Canada Lives Here Experience.

Activities aim to offer a glimpse behind the scenes at CBC. Newshounds can explore how CBC journalists cover a major news story or check out the view from an anchor's chair, while Coach's Corner fans might slip into one of Don Cherry's outrageous blazers and pose for a photo.

Beginning Thursday, the public is invited to explore the multi-level open house and showcase via interactive activities, panel discussions and displays about Canadian newsmakers, artists, athletes and more.

"It really feels like a museum of contemporary Canadian culture," Q host Jian Ghomeshi said of the exhibit.

"It's powerful. It's beautiful at times," he said. "It speaks to Canada."

CBC personalities participating in panels and events include Peter Mansbridge, George Stroumboulopoulos, Amanda Lang and Tom Allen, as well as actors Allan Hawco, Yannick Bisson, Gerry Dee, Naomi Snieckus and David Sutcliffe.

The Canada Lives Here Experience is free and open to the public at the Toronto Broadcast Centre from Thursday through Sunday.