*** Toronto Heritage Museums ***
Here we present a compilation listing of Museums in the Greater Toronto Area. We include museums operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services and by some of our member organizations.
Toronto's Historic Museums are having an amazing number of events. We have not listed them, but we recommend that you check their websites for all the information. For a full listing go to http://www.toronto.ca/museums-events
48th Highlanders Museum
Your visit to the 48th Highlanders Museum will take you a century into the past and around the world:
- from Victorian Toronto in 1891 when the Regiment was formed, to the present day.
- from a South African battlefield at the turn of the century, to Europe through two world wars and then to the modern areas of conflict,
Highlanders can be found working in aid of peace in all four corners of the globe.
Aga Khan Museum
A Museum dedicated to the arts of Muslim civilizations.
Applewood / The Shaver House
A historic building which is open to the public, The James Shaver Woodsworth Homestead
Archives of Ontario
Phone 416-327-1600 / 1-800-668-9933
The Archives of Ontario are located on campus of York University.
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) / EP Taylor Research Library & Archives
Phone 416-979-6642 / 416-979-6648
The Art Gallery of Toronto is home to one of Canada’s premier art libraries This is the place to find out more about your favourite artist or work of art. Access to the research library is free of charge.
Bata Shoe Museum
Over 4,500 years of footwear on display ranging from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamourous platforms.
Benares Historic House, Museums Mississauga
The Museums of Mississauga shed light on the past. At the Bradley Museum, reflects daily life in the 1830s, and Benares Historic House captures life in Mississauga in the early twentieth century.
Beth Tzedec Reuben & Helen Dennis Museum
Phone 416-781-3511 / 416-781-3514
The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Jewish heritage, education and the interpretation of Jewish home and synagogue rituals and customs. Artifacts include over 1,000 ceremonial objects, textiles and works of art. Lectures, educational programs and individual and group tours are offered.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Visitors will become immersed in the lifestyle, customs and surroundings of the early residents who built the foundations for modern Toronto in the area during the 1800's.
Bradley Museum, Museums Mississauga
This historic house captures life in Mississauga in the early twentieth century.
Cabbagetown-Regent Park Community Museum
Phone 416-816-4994 / 416-392-6794
Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am. to 4:00 pm. Explore a district rich in cultural, anthropological and architectural history unique to the city. The Regent Park area occupies the original site of Cabbagetown dating back to the 1820s.
Campbell House Museum
160 Queen St. W., Toronto ON M5H 3H3
Celebrate tours, programs and events at this 1822 Georgian Revival style building. Campbell House is the oldest surviving building from the original town of York.
Come to the CBC Museum and Graham Spry Theatre to experience first-hand the history of Canadian broadcasting and the shared stories of Canadians!
The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada's foremost castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and its beautiful 5-acre estate gardens which are open May through October.
This museum is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park, John Howard, one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837.
Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. DX exhibitions and talks reflect popular contemporary culture.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse 1848
A beautiful heritage venue for weddings, corporate events and workshops, film shoots and receptions!
Friar's Music Museum
At 279 Yonge Street, in the second floor, is Toronto's newest Museum.
Gardiner Museum of Canada
Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. We are small, focused and committed to making a contribution to the medium we celebrate as well as the community we serve. We strive to be an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay.
Gibson House Museum
The Gibson House Museum is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Visitors can explore this elegant farmhouse. Its serene Georgian-style exterior belies the dramatic lives of the Gibson family. Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States.
Historic Zion Schoolhouse
Zion Schoolhouse is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. It was built in 1869 to provide free public education for the children in the small farming community of L'Amaroux. Children from neighbouring farms came to learn basic reading, writing and arithmetic as well as agriculture, nature study, geography and history.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Phone 416-360-7765 / 416-360-7735
Home of the Stanley Cup and the best of hockey, you can DO IT ALL ... AT THE HALL. Guests can take shots at real-time goalies. Stop the shots of Gretzky and Messier. Call the play-by-play of some of hockey's greatest goals. View hockey flicks in one of our two theatres. Get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup. Explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world — all of this, and more!
Check out the last remaining historically designated building on the Humber River from the Lambton Mills period. Come and learn the important roles the Lambton played in the history and development of Toronto.
Lithuanian Museum & Archives
Dedicated to the collection and preservation of materials related to the lives and activities, history and culture of Lithuanians who have made Canada their home.
Lorne Scots Regimental Museum
Museum dedicated to the Argyll and Lorne Scots regimental history. Open to the public by appointment.
Mackenzie House is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. It is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor, a radical journalist and publisher, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada.
The Market Gallery is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Explore the sights and sounds of the historic South St. Lawrence Market, site of Toronto's 19th century City Hall, with a visit to the Market Gallery, where you'll find exhibits and programs on the art, culture and history of Toronto presented in the original city council chamber.
Markham Museum & Historic Village
Connects the history of Markham to today’s new ‘settlers’ by examining our environment and the tools we use to adapt to our changing world. The 25-acre Museum site offers exhibits, school programs, public programs, events and research facilities.
Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum & Discovery Centre
Enjoy a delightful visit to the Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre. Occupying 3,000 square feet in the atrium at Police Headquarters building, the Museum reflects the rich tradition and history of policing in our great city.
Montgomery's Inn is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Explore the role of the tavern in colonial Canada. View the lodgers' bedrooms, the bar room, second floor assembly room, and the Montgomery family bedrooms, sitting room and office. Treat yourself to something sweet or savoury from our menu in the Tearoom. Visit the gift shop which contains many one-of-a-kind gifts.
Museum of Inuit Art
The museum of Inuit Art is Southern Canada’s only public museum devoted exclusively to artwork made by Inuit. Also publish a semi-annual magazine devoted to the museum, its collection and its visitors. Download the free magazine at http://inuitartmagazine.files.wordpress.com/
MZTV Museum of Television
Offering unique focus on the technology and the sets themselves, The world’s most comprehensive collection of North American TV receivers, dating from the 1920s – 1970s.
National Presbyterian Museum
This Museum collects, preserves and displays 400 years of artifacts from the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Working alongside the Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives (which focuses on Church records), it preserves the physical record and makes accessible an important part of Canadian history. Groups and individuals are welcome to visit the museum and to take a guided tour.
Oral History Museum
A hands-on, interactive, gallery run by the Multicultural Historical Society, combining the spoken word with photographs, multi-media and computer simulation, it illustrates community-building and immigrant adaptation in late 20th-century Toronto.
Note: This Museum is currently closed to the public.
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum
Take an on-line tour of the batallion’s on-line picture gallery.
Queen's York Rangers Museum
Canada’s historic Regiment has a story inextricably linked to Canadian and North American history for over 250 years. Enjoy a visit to their website.
Redpath Sugar Museum
Redpath Sugar started crafting sugar as the Canada Sugar Refining Company in 1854 in Montreal, Quebec and was founded by John Redpath (1796-1869). Museum Hours: Mo to Fr from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM.
Open all year round daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. Visit horses, cows, pigs, chickens and other animals residing at this small, late-19th-century-style farm in the heart of Toronto.
Royal Canadian Military Institute Museum
The Museum has developed a formal collections policy centering on the evolution of Canadian military arms, equipment and uniforms throughout Canadian military history.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is located in the city of Toronto, one of North America’s largest, most diverse and exciting urban centres. The ROM is a must-see Toronto attraction, but there are many other things to see and do in this great city!
Royals' Museum, Fort York Armoury
Fort York is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Today's Fort York was largely built by Royal Engineers immediately after the war of 1812.
Toronto's oldest house, built in 1794. Scadding Cabin is owned and operated by the York Pioneer and Historical Society. The cabin is currently located on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, and is open to the public during the Canadian National Exhibition in late August of each year.
Scarborough Archives & Historical Collections
The Society operates the Scarborough Archives, offers regular programs on a variety of topics, conducts research, documents local history and works with volunteers of all ages.
Scarborough Historical Museum
The Scarborough Museum is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Toronto's Historic Museums engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.
Silverman Heritage Museum
Phone 416-785-2550 X2802
The Silverman Heritage Museum is a cultural program of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, and offers its exhibits free of charge to the community.
Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum
The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum was created to acquire, document, preserve, display and interpret artifacts and archival materials that tell the story of the development and continuing history of soccer in Canada and in particular Ontario.
Phone 416-978-0544 / 416-978-0424
More than a thousand U of T students, alumni and faculty gave their lives during WW I and WW II—and you can play a role in honouring their memories and preserving the university’s heritage. Soldiers Tower is a 143-ft. tall monument to the sacrifices of these servicemen and -women. A Memorial Room inside features medals, photos and mementos of the men and women who served for their country.
Spadina Historic House & Garden
Spadina Historic House & Garden is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.
St. James Cathedral Archives & Museum
The Cathedral has been designated as an Ontario Heritage Property by the Ministry of Culture and has also been designated as a heritage site by Heritage Toronto.
Taras Shevchenko Museum & Memorial Park Foundation
The Taras Shevchenko Museum's mission is to popularize the life and work of the Bard of Ukraine, Ukrainian culture and the contribution of Canadians of Ukrainian descent to the social, economic and cultural life of Canada. The Museum's exhibits are dedicated to the art, life and literary legacy of the founder of the modern Ukrainian language.
Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada offers a broad variety of exhibitions including themed shows based on its permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions of the work of Canadian and international artists. The Museum produces exhibitions, whether of traditional or non-traditional textiles, that illuminate contemporary life.
The Grange, AGO
Phone 416-979-6660 X237
See the above entry “Art Gallery of Ontario”.
Theatre Museum of Canada
Note: The Museum does not yet have a permanent home. See the website for the location of current exhibits and activities.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. The site consists of two historic millers' homes dating from the early 19th century, the Brewery building and the recently renovated Papermill Theatre and Gallery. Adjoining the site is a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with walking trails exploring a number of natural habitats, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond.
Tollkeepers Cottage Museum
The building is dated at 1835 (the interior has been restored to the 1860's). It originally was located at tollgate #3 on Bathurst Street and Davenport Road from 1835 to 1895. It was the home for a tollkeeper and his family at least from 1850. The building is of a very rare vertical plank construction - a style used for a short period in the early 1800's. It is a fascinating visit!
Toronto District School Board Museum
A neo-classical inspired building dating to 1915. The first floor of the former Toronto Board of Education administrative office houses a restored boardroom, now an education museum. Adjacent to the boardroom, the original walnut paneled Trustees' Committee Room functions as an additional display area and researchers' reading room.
Toronto International Aerospace Museum
Canadian stories of aviation, military, and aerospace science and technology, and stories of the people connected to these innovations.
Note: This Museum is currently closed to the public.
Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre
Whether you have only a few minutes or an hour or two, enjoy a delightful visit to the Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre. Occupying 3,000 square feet in the atrium at the Police Headquarters building, the Museum reflects the rich tradition and history of policing in our great city. Built entirely from private donations, the Museujm offers a vibrant blend of the new and old, with interesting interactive displays dedicated to expanding the community’s understanding of policing in Toronto.
Toronto Railway Museum
Located in the historic John Street Roundhouse at the base of the CN Tower. Several locomotives and cars are on site as well as a train simulator for hands on experience. The Toronto Railway Museum is dedicated to bringing to life the history of the Canadian railway through its artifacts and exhibits. Our mini train runs on a 1/2 kilometer track and operates daily during the summer and on weekends in the fall.
Toronto Scottish Regimental Museum
The Museum was opened in 1984 by our late Colonel-in-Chief Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The museum is ably and professionally run by Pipe-Sergeant Tim Stewart, the curator who is a secondary school history teacher. It is available for viewing by appointment, and is open for viewing during Regimental events.
Toronto's First Post Office
TFPO was at one time the communications hub through which the citizens of the town of York – incorporated as the City of Toronto in 1834 – linked to the outside world. From within the boundaries of the old town, we continue to tell the story of early Toronto, to preserve its built heritage and maintain a collection of unique artifacts related to communication to and from the capital of what was once called Upper Canada.
Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch
Since 1980 the Museum has mounted 30 outstanding thematic exhibits during which its rich collections of historic artifacts have been displayed. In addition, materials from the community have also been exhibited in such displays as Ukrainian Weaving Past and Present (1986); Ukrainian Pioneer Furniture (1992); The Bandura (2004); The John and Mary Yaremko Collection (2008) and most recently, Ivaan Kotulsky in Retrospect (2009).
Virtual Museum of Canada
The Virtual Museum of Canada is a definitive online resource for Canada's Museums and their collections. It's a unique space featuring over 600 virtual exhibits, nearly 1 million images, and a wealth of engaging multimedia content.
Snapshots in time: The photo at the top shows University College at the University of Toronto, circa 1900. The photo was published in the book of Canadian photographs titled "Canada From Ocean To Ocean" by W.G. MacFarlane.