Toronto's Top 10 : Museums & Art Galleries

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  1. Art Gallery of Ontario

    Reflecting some 600 years of human creative endeavor, the gallery’s permanent collection contains more than 68,000 works in all media. The Canadian collection is particularly impressive .

  2. Royal Ontario Museum

    Canada’s foremost museum offers an excellent balance of art, archeology, science, and nature, and has more than six million artifacts in its collections .

  3. Ontario Science Centre

    Over 800 high-tech, interactive exhibits within 11 specially themed exhibition halls aim to make science fun and fascinating. Youthful visitors can navigate their way in a rocket chair, climb the rockwall, touch a tornado, and explore the hair-raising effects of electricity .

    Ontario Science Centre
  4. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

    The only museum in North America devoted solely to ceramics was founded in 1984 by private Canadian collectors George and Helen Gardiner to showcase their extraordinary collection of pre-Columbian American pottery and European porcelain. Recent additions include Asian ceramics and contemporary artwork .

  5. Design Exchange

    Located in the magnificent former Toronto Stock Exchange building, an Art Deco gem built in 1937, this center celebrates postwar Canadian design. Furniture, housewares, sportsgear, and medical equipment are among the items in the permanent collection and highlight the role of design in daily life. The center also hosts major national and international exhibitions. A gorgeous mural on the upstairs Trading Floor depicts Canadian industrial themes .

  6. Textile Museum of Canada

    A permanent collection of over 10,000 fabrics, quilts, ceremonial cloths, and carpets from around the world are housed in this small but excellent museum. Temporary contemporary exhibits round out the historical artifacts.

    Robe, Textile Museum
  7. McMichael Canadian Art Collection

    The outstanding Group of Seven collection is the treasure of this gallery. The Group endeavored, in the early 20th century, to express a distinctive national identity through their paintings of the Canadian wilderness .

    McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  8. Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

    Known for its boundary-pushing exhibitions of contemporary Canadian and international art, this edgy, non-collecting gallery features rotating shows of consistently high quality. If the art sometimes mystifies visitors, at least the building is instantly recognizable: a brick smokestack tops the 1920s converted power station .

  9. Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art

    As Inuit tool makers turned their skills to sculpting, the culture experienced a renaissance, this time in artistic achievement. Most of the 200 pieces in this gallery specializing in postwar Inuit sculpture are carved soapstone, each evocative of the landscape, culture, and legends of the indigenous people of Canada’s harsh Arctic region. The gallery’s design echoes that of the TD Bank Tower, by renowned modernist architect Mies van der Rohe .

  10. Bata Shoe Museum

    This unusual building, resembling a stylized shoebox, houses more than 10,000 shoes, covering 4,500 years of footwear history. Artifacts represent an unparalleled range, from Ancient Egyptian funerary shoes (1500 BC) to 19th-century Nigerian camel-riding boots to Marilyn Monroe’s red leather pumps .

    Bata Shoe Museum

Top 10 Small Museums

  1. Gibson House Museum

    Elegant 1851 Georgian farmhouse .

  2. Mackenzie House

    Home of Toronto’s first mayor (1834) .

  3. Toronto’s First Post Office

    A historic museum and working post office .

  4. Ydessa Hendeles

    World-class collection of works by international contemporary artists.

    • 778 King St W

    • 416 413 9400

    • Open noon–5pm Sat

    • Adm

  5. MOCCA

    Toronto’s newest museum promotes innovative works.

    • 952 Queen St W

    • 416 395 0067

    • Free

  6. Redpath Sugar Museum

    Next door to a refinery, it tells the history of sugar production.

    • 95 Queens Quay E

    • 416 366 3561

    • Closed Sat, Sun

  7. Campbell House

    Oldest remaining building (1822) in the city .

  8. University of Toronto Art Centre

    Works by Picasso and Matisse, tucked in University College.

    • 15 King’s College Circle

    • 416 978 1838

    • Free

  9. Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre

    Interactive displays, fascinating police artifacts, and exhibits chronicling infamous crimes.

    • 40 College St

    • 416 808 7020

    • Free

  10. CBC Museum

    Celebrates the people and programs of Canada’s national broadcaster.

    • 250 Front St W

    • 416 205 5574

    • Free

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