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Galleries & Museums
Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history, the ROM has a combination of science and civilization exhibits. Fun for kids and adults alike!
Renovated and redesigned by Frank Gehry, the AGO building itself is worth seeing. At the AGO, you’ll find a wide range of collections, from historical Canadian art and the Old Masters to modern and contemporary pieces.
Canadians love their hockey! See our homage to the sport at “hockey’s greatest museum.”
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? The Bata Shoe Museum contains more than a thousand shoes and shoe-related artefacts that encompass 4,500 years of history. Also worth seeing is the 20th century celebrity shoe collection, featuring the footwear of icons like Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, and Justin Bieber.
The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museums and one of the world’s great specialty museums. The collection “consists of more than 3,000 pieces, ranging from ancient American vessels, the fine porcelains of Asia and Europe, to dynamic contemporary pieces. In recognition of the enormous diversity of ceramics, the permanent collection is regularly complemented by special exhibitions.” Also, try one of the drop-in clay classes, which take place every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Fort York, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, is Canada’s largest collection of War of 1812 buildings, and is the site of an 1813 battle. “Fort York is open year-round and offers tours, exhibits, period settings, and seasonal demonstrations. During the summer months, the site comes alive with the colour and pageantry of the Fort York Guard. Fort York also provides a wide variety of education programmes for groups of all ages.”
With a collection of more than 12,000 objects encompassing 2,000 years of history and stemming from more than 200 countries, the TMC celebrates cultural diversity. Fascinating objects from various times and places include “traditional fabrics, garments, carpets, and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry.”
“Design Exchange is Canada’s only museum dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines from furniture design and architecture to graphic design and fashion, DX exhibitions, talks and educational programming reflect contemporary culture. Located in downtown Toronto, in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building, DX annually attracts thousands of visitors of all ages.”
Newly open in September 2014, the Aga Khan Museum is home to a collection of over 1,000 artifacts and artworks, spanning more than 1,000 years of history of various Muslim civilizations, from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art exhibits, researches, collects, and promotes innovative art by Canadian and international artists whose works engage and address challenging issues and themes relevant to our times. MOCCA provides “a forum for emerging artists that show particular promise and to established artists whose works are considered to be ground-breaking or influential.”