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Top Museums In Toronto

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Put your ‘Monet’ where your mouth is at Toronto’s top museums


Toronto is a city rich in culture and diversity, with the same being true about the museums within. From architectural wonders that house some of the world’s most recognized artworks, to sensory experiences that will turn your world upside down, we invite you to discover the best museums the city has to offer. 

Royal Ontario Museum

 
 
 
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Canada’s largest museum welcomes you to discover its extensive collection of art, natural history, and world culture. The renowned museum attracts over one million visitors annually, with its enticing displays from dinosaurs to historical artifacts, along with some of the finest art pieces on the globe. The ROM is home to fascinating exhibits year-wide, including the discovery of a new dinosaur that is currently on display. 

Where: Royal Ontario Museum at 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Free Museum Days: Every third Tuesday of the month, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Days Closed: Christmas Day, and Mondays during the winter (except for holidays)

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Aga Khan Museum

 
 
 
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Known to be a marvel of architecture, the Aga Khan is a museum that celebrates Islamic art and culture. Throughout history, the Muslim civilization has made important artistic, scientific, and intellectual contributions to the world, which are proudly displayed within its depths. The collections encompass the very best works from the most prestigious Islamic civilizations in history. 

Where: 77 Wynford Dr, North York, ON M3C 1K1
Free Museum Days: Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 pm.
Days Closed: Every Monday

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Hockey Hall of Fame

 
 
 
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Toronto has long been known to be the mecca of hockey, and with that, comes hockey’s greatest sanctuary. The Hockey Hall of Fame houses the game’s greatest hardware, from the iconic Stanley Cup, to originals of all the top awards in the NHL. With immersive exhibits and historic collections from all teams, the hockey-dedicated museum is a must-visit for sports enthusiasts.

Where: 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
Free Museum Days: Kids 13 and under on Family Day.
Days Closed: Induction days, Christmas Day, New Years Day

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Art Gallery of Ontario

 
 
 
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Add a splash of colour and dash of creativity to your day, as you discover a collection of over 90,000 works of art that span from the first century to modern day. The A.G.O features studios, dining facilities, event spaces, gift shops, and even libraries within its space. Explore the minds of the greatest artists of your time and the past, as you stroll through one of the largest museums in North America.    

Where: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Free Museum Days: Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 pm.
Days Closed: Mondays (excluding Family Day)

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Bata Shoe Museum

 
 
 
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Lace up your finest kicks as you enter a shoe shrine in the heart of the city. The Bata Shoe Museum takes you back in time to the earliest shoes that we used to wear, and all of the different ways that cultures have worn shoes over the ages. Bata is also home to some of the most famously worn shoes in history – from top celebrities to storied athletes. 

Where: 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7
Free Museum Days: Thursday from 5:00-8:00 pm are ‘pay what you can’
Days Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday

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Gardiner Museum

 
 
 
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Through exhibitions, hands-on classes, and engaging programs, the Gardiner Museum unites and offers visitors an educational experience in the art of ceramics. Priding themselves in “making, looking, and thinking through clay”, the museum invites you for a hands-on experience in discovering the history and significance of ceramics.

Where: 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
Free Museum Days: Every Wednesday from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.. 18 and under are free everyday.
Days Closed: New Years Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

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Museum of Illusions

 
 
 
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The Museum of Illusions is “a place where nothing is as it seems, and where the unbelievable truly is reality.” Step into one of 80 different rooms that feature holograms, illusions, and installations that will boggle your eyes, and mind. From defying the laws of gravity, to eluding size ratios, the museum offers you an illusive sensory experience that is suitable for all ages, and is sure to leave you astounded.

Where: 132 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1E2
Free Museum Days: None
Days Closed: Statutory Holidays and Private Events

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Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto

 
 
 
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At MOCA, the mission is to empower and exploit the local Toronto art scene across all contemporary art forms, and provide a hip community space for creatives alike. In its new and spacious purpose-designed home, the museum and gallery showcases the works of Canadian and international artists.

Where: 158 Sterling Rd #100, Toronto, ON M6R 2B7
Free Museum Days: First floor is always free, as well as 18 and under everyday. Last Sunday of each month, and Fridays from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
Days Closed: Tuesdays

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Textile Museum of Canada

 
 
 
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The first of its kind, the TMC is the only museum in the country with the aim of building a cultural understanding of the world of textiles. The non-profit museum features a  permanent collection dating back to over 2000 years ago, with over 13,000 pieces to uncover within its walls. The rotating exhibitions present some of the greatest works from local and international contemporary artists. 

Where: 55 Centre Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 2H5
Free Museum Days: Wednesdays 5:00-8:00 pm is ‘pay what you can’
Days Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Easter Weekend, Victoria Day, and Canada Day.

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MZTV Museum of Television


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Have you ever wondered how televisions came to be? How we came from big, weighty boxes, to thin, high definition sets? The MZTV Museum focuses on the history of the technology, and the sets themselves. Exhibiting the ‘world’s most comprehensive collection of North American Television receivers,’ while telling the story of the impact of TV throughout history, the museum ensures to educate you on the wonderful entertainment boxes that we use and love today. 

Where: 64 Jefferson Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 1Y4
Free Museum Days: 12 and under are always free.
Days Closed: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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