Museums

Dec 31 2017 (Sunday), 09:00 PM
New this year! Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve dinner in the ROM’s stylish c5 Lounge. Guests will enjoy a three-course gourmet meal, wine service with dinner, a complimentary welcome cocktail, and access to an exclusive cash bar in c5 all night long. Plus, receive early entry at 7 pm to see our new spectacular exhibition Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew, until 9 pm.
from Jul 15 2017 to Jan 01 2018
Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is a dynamic exhibition that aims to address the mistakes of the past, rewrite and reclaim history, and move into the future with new insight. The multimedia installation features 33 new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others.
from Nov 04 2017 to Jan 28 2018
Bloodthirsty plunderers. Pillaging warriors. Seafaring traders. What do we really know about Vikings? Explore the myths and stereotypes of this ancient culture, in Vikings: The Exhibition opening November 4, 2017. Offering a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age, Vikings is an extraordinary window into the lifestyle, religion, and daily lives of these legendary explorers, artisians, and craftsmen. Encounter objects rarely displayed outside of Scandinavia in this compelling exhibition that challenges the perceptions of the Viking Age through hundreds of objects, interactives, and immersive experiences.
from Oct 21 2017 to Jan 28 2018
Painter, poet, designer and feminist are only a few of the words that describe the multifaceted early 20th-century artist Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), one of the undersung pioneers of modern painting in America. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry—the first major exhibition of her work in North America in twenty years, and the first ever in Canada—will offer fresh ways of thinking about her art both within its time, and as it resonates now within our own moment. It promises to delight audiences new to Stettheimer’s work. For those familiar with her work—especially her playful, vibrant, and psychologically complex paintings—it will offer fresh ways of understanding the lasting impact of both Stettheimer’s art and catalytic presence within some of the most innovative creative communities of her time.
from Jul 20 2017 to Jan 28 2018
The greatest crime ever committed by architects -- Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, exhibition principal and University Professor, University of Waterloo School of Architecture An examination of the chilling role architecture played in constructing Auschwitz.The Evidence Room is a powerful installation which reconstructs key objects used in the forensic analysis of the architecture of Auschwitz. Historian Robert Jan van Pelt introduced the objects as evidence in a court case to demonstrate that Auschwitz was purposefully designed as a death camp. This ground-breaking research became a source for a new and emerging discipline—architectural forensics—encompassing architecture, technology, history, law and human rights.
from Nov 25 2017 to Mar 18 2018
Explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War in ROM’s original exhibition, Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew. Senior Curator, Dr. Alexandra Palmer, draws from the ROM’s extensive collection from the first ten years of Christian Dior haute couture, 1947 to 1957, to offer captivating insights into the creative process and mechanics of the fashion industry in Paris during a pivotal time. Celebrating the House of Christian Dior’s 70th anniversary, Christian Dior features a selection of breathtaking designs from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions, and explores how and why Christian Dior’s iconic lines, luxury textiles, and romantic embroideries laid the foundation for the global success of the fashion house.
from Dec 16 2017 to Mar 18 2018
One hundred all-new images from across the globe reveal fascinating animal behaviour, otherworldly marine scenes, and breathtaking landscapes—in ways the human eye might never see unaided.
Mar 08 - May 27 2018
Spanning over five decades, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-reflective infinity mirror rooms. The exhibition provides visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once, alongside large-scale, whimsical installations of over 60 key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present. It also marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly coloured paintings and the recently realized infinity room, All the Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins (2016), featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.
Jun 21 - Jul 01 2018
Our Viking-inspired voyage will feast upon both historic and natural splendours as we journey from Scotland to Iceland. Highlights of the tour include: Explore the Celtic archaeological treasures of the Neolithic standing stones at Stenness and Brogar and the amazingly preserved prehistoric villages of Skara Brae and Jarslof. Learn about the famous Fair Isle weaving and pick up a piece of this highly sought after textile. Visit the bird watchers’ paradise of the Faroe islands where gannets, puffins, skuas and fulmars soar above their rugged homes amid the dramatic seascapes, cliffs and waterfalls. Spend time in Torshavn, “Thor’s Harbour”, capital of the Faroe Islands, whose old town features wooden houses covered with turf roofs.
Jul 20 - Aug 01 2018
We will visit Star City, just outside Moscow, the once secret site to train the pride of the Soviet Union, Russian cosmonauts. Canada’s Chris Hadfield trained in its full-sized Soyuz capsules. We will visit the great sites of Moscow too… Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin. Then on to see the greatest treasures of the Old Russian Empire in St. Petersburg with its renowned palaces, canals and a jewel of the art world – the Hermitage. Your host for this unique trip will be Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks.
Dec 10-17 2017
Art is in our nature. Beyond the galleries, you can explore 100 acres of forested land in the Humber River Valley – from a ridgetop ‘wilderness garden,’ planted by the McMichaels to echo the northern forest beloved of the Group of Seven, to the heritage waterway important to indigenous peoples in this area. Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails through natural stands of maple, oak and pine, visitors can explore the Ivan Eyre Sculpture Garden, a series of installations and outdoor sculptures, the Tom Thomson shack, as well as the McMichael Cemetery where six Group of Seven members as well as gallery founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest.
Jul 08 - Dec 20 2017
Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more! Have a tour of the museum on us and see what our youth group is up to; it’s free on Wednesdays during market hours.
Jul 08 - Dec 20 2017
Your choice of a sweet or savoury plate with a pot of tea or glass of cider.
Sep 28 - Dec 21 2017
From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork: the world premiere of Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces Canadian and international audiences to a choice selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art.
Jul 13 - Dec 21 2017, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. You'll explore both historic and contemporary quilting techniques in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in.
Nov 18 - Dec 23 2017
Explore Holiday customs on the Tour of Traditions Marvel at old-fashioned Christmas feasts and taste flaming puddings of yesteryear Make a decoration to trim your tree Tap your toes and try Victorian dancing Savour chestnuts roasted on an open fire Laugh along with Black Creek’s history actors Mincemeat tarts and apple cider for purchase Visit with Santa Claus and view the Village from a horse-drawn wagon Relax, wander, and visit our many homes and workshops, decorated to celebrate the season
Nov 19 - Dec 27 2017
This year Arta Gallery will be featuring an exquisite collection of Canadian and International artists, beginning November 15th to December 27th, 2017. This show is not to be missed as it will have something for almost everyone, including a stunning collection of small-scale works that are set to make the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. The exhibition will feature beautiful works by resident artists as well as introduce new and local talent to be discovered.
from Nov 07 2014 to Dec 31 2017
The Joseph Brant Hallway features Burlington’s most famous resident, Joseph Brant ‘Thayendanegea’. The exhibit consists of a selection of portraits and examines the many faces of Joseph Brant.
Feb 04 - Dec 31 2017
This collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez acknowledges our presence on Indigenous land and enables you to discover the stories and artworks of several members of Canada’s First Nations communities, and also the members of Spadina’s Austin family. Share your stories and contribute to this collaborative art project that celebrates Canada’s rich multicultural society. This TO Canada with Love exhibit begins February 4 and runs until the end of the year.
Jul 22 - Dec 31 2017
At the top of the world, the Arctic seems harsh and inhospitable, yet over forty distinct culture groups have thrived there for centuries. Among the most beautiful and innovative is the diverse footwear and clothing created to meet environmental challenges and express culture meanings. Drawing from the BSM's extensive circumpolar holdings and building upon information gathered during the Museum-sponsored field research trips to all Arctic nations, Art and Innovation showcases a vast variety of footwear, garments and tools, highlighting the artistry and ingenuity of the makers, and revealing different cultural identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.
Sep 21 - Dec 31 2017
The First World War transformed Canada. During that war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight. Each time one of them was shipped overseas, a photo was displayed prominently in the Toronto store just steps from Mackenzie House. 2,000 of these portraits survived and have become part of the T. Eaton Company records at the Archives of Ontario. In commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, Mackenzie House staff have been actively searching out accounts of the lives of these men and urging the public to come forward to share their stories of the soldiers with us. Who were these men? Come to our exhibit and find out. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
Jul 08 - Dec 31 2017, 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in Gibson House Museum's historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of the lovely, 1850s farmhouse.
from Nov 07 2014 to Dec 31 2017
Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery
from Jun 22 2017 to Jan 01 2018
What can an ancient Roman carving from the Museum’s Collection, reused and repurposed throughout time, tell us about being Canadian? The answers lie HERE. Experience Museum-wide installations of video, textiles, painting, and sculpture that convey the diversity of more than 20 artists. Think differently about identity this summer, and join us in celebrating Canada’s 150 years as a nation.
from Nov 17 2017 to Jan 07 2018
A much-loved holiday tradition since 1990, the Gardiner Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibition continues to be a wonderful event that brings family and friends together to celebrate the season. This year’s 12 Trees exhibition will focus on light as a potent symbol of hope that many cultures share during the season. Curated by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition will bring a dynamic, contemporary, and light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.
from Sep 28 2017 to Jan 07 2018
In 1862, two intrepid tourists, Viscount Milton and Dr. Walter Cheadle, undertook a two-year expedition across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Travelling by ship, steamboat, stage coach, train, horse, canoe, and raft, they faced deep snow, swarms of mosquitoes, swollen rivers, starvation, and grizzly bears. Milton and Cheadle published an illustrated account of their epic trip, The North West Passage by Land. Two bone china dessert services were specially ordered from the Minton manufactory to commemorate their adventures: one made for Dr. Cheadle in 1865, and the other for Lord Milton in 1867. Twenty-two illustrations from the book, taken from Cheadle’s drawings or watercolours, served as inspiration for the hand-painted scenes on the services.
from Jun 24 2017 to Jan 07 2018
Put your creativity to the test at Inventorium, a dynamic, curiosity-driven space that encourages play, creation and collaboration. Build a circuit, take part in real-world research, wind packing tape into a beautiful (and climbable!) structure, and contribute to collective ideas in this evolving space dedicated to creative, collaborative activities.
from Dec 18 2017 to Jan 07 2018
Explore the holiday magic of Casa Loma.. at night! Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens and witness famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick’s holiday themed magic show. Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be resplendent with holiday décor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall, designed by Fashion Icon Jeanne Beker and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers.
from Dec 02 2017 to Jan 07 2018
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma, by celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Christmas. We are excited to host a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Enjoy new shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick and ice skating performers Glisse on Ice. These spectacles of illusions and wonder will amaze audiences young and old alike. Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be resplendent with holiday décor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall, designed by Fashion Icon Jeanne Beker and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers. As always kids are invited to visit Santa in his castle workshop and, participate in arts and crafts, visit with wintery holiday mascots, decorate tasty treats and much more.
from Oct 14 2017 to Jan 14 2018
An exhibit featuring artifacts, reproductions and images highlighting new and emerging technologies and ideas circa 1867. Explore some of the technologies in an interactive space. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
from Sep 23 2017 to Jan 21 2018
The Bruschettini Collection is world-renowned for its Islamic art. This special exhibition will showcase a fascinating selection of 13th- to 17th-century carpets, textiles, polychrome Iznik wares, paintings, and precious inlaid metalwork chosen from the collection, revealing the enduring appeal of Islamic masterpieces. Handpicked by Alessandro Bruschettini in conversation with Aga Khan Museum curator Filiz Çakır Phillip, this impressive array of works, each equally astonishing in vibrancy and technical perfection, has origins spanning the Islamic world, from China to Spain. Bruschettini’s ongoing love of seeking out exquisite examples of such art represents the epitome of the collecting spirit and the essence of the collection. Visitors will experience the extraordinary aesthetics of Islamic art and be introduced to one of its most perceptive collectors.
from Oct 19 2017 to Jan 21 2018
This timely retrospective exhibition examines Heinemann’s fascinating and evolving process to reveal how he exploits a limited series of gestures, textures, pigments, and images to achieve his wondrously tactile bowls, pods, and other vessel-shaped forms that embody the polarities between life and nature.
from Dec 09 2017 to Jan 21 2018
This major retrospective, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, celebrates Alex Janvier’s lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture. Exploring his 65-year career through more than 100 remarkable paintings and drawings, it is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective on the artist to date.
from Jul 23 2017 to Jan 21 2018
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.
Jan 28 2018 (Sunday), 02:00 PM
Come celebrate everything Scottish at Robbie Burns Tea. Enjoy Scottish tea and sweets, Robbie Burns and Scottish trivia and live music. Take part in a tour of the Benares Historic House with a focus on the Harris family Scottish connections. Come dressed in your best tartan!
from Dec 09 2017 to Feb 11 2018
Cutting Ice is a term that implies something that matters or has consequence. Dr. Nancy Campbell, acting as lead curator, will take a community approach to this project with a range of individuals from Cape Dorset who knew the artist. Dr. Campbell’s curatorial expertise will lend new insights to our understanding of Annie Pootoogook’s work and will enliven the many voices from the community that she has come to know well. This exhibition celebrates the strength and contemporaneity of Pootoogook’s work but also uncovers how it has influenced her peers. Alongside works by Pootoogook, this exhibition will include works of art by Shuvinai Ashoona, Itee Pootoogook, Jutai Toonoo, Ohotaq Mikkigak and Siassie Kenneally, showing how Annie Pootoogook made it possible to begin a different conversation that celebrates Inuit art in new ways in Canada and the world.
from Nov 22 2017 to Feb 25 2018
Every quilt tells a story. This exhibition shares stories and traditions from the age old practice of quilt making. Quilting exists almost everywhere on the globe, each country, region, culture has its own quilting styles, traditions and techniques that have evolved from varied histories connected with storytelling from generation to generation. The Museums of Mississauga will be showcasing their Canadian Heritage Quilt Collection alongside quilts shared from residents, private and institutional collections and artists.
from Nov 22 2017 to Feb 25 2018
Every quilt tells a story. This exhibition shares stories and traditions from the age old practice of quilt making. Quilting exists almost everywhere on the globe, each country, region, culture has its own quilting styles, traditions and techniques that have evolved from varied histories connected with storytelling from generation to generation. The Museums of Mississauga will be showcasing their Canadian Heritage Quilt Collection alongside quilts shared from residents, private and institutional collections and artists.
from Dec 10 2017 to Mar 18 2018
J.E.H. MacDonald once noted that Lawren Harris was compelled to sing a tune when he sat nearby the natural rhythms of water to paint en plein air.During the summer of 2017 – Canada’s 150th year – the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will become a place to wander, celebrate and delight in acoustic space.
Feb 10 - May 13 2018
Tukilik, an Inuktitut word defined as a “thing that has meaning”, is an apt title for this exhibition that explores the many meanings and artistic interpretations of inuksuit (plural of inukshuk) of Baffin Island. There are over 60 photographs, drawings, prints, and sculptures from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection including the Norman E. Hallendy Archive.
Jun 02 - Sep 16 2018
J.E.H MacDonald: Up Close will celebrate the art and science of J.E.H. MacDonald’s artistic practice through an examination of his works from the McMichael collection. McMichael Conservator, Alison Douglas, will share the research results from a Canadian Conservation Institute study that created a base line for ‘what makes a MacDonald painting?’ Complete with microscopic photographs, the materials and methods of the artist will be explored in depth, especially in relation to the artist’s fondness for small studies.
Mar 10 - Oct 21 2018
Amongst the algorithmic pulsations that remap informational networks at the whim of any giant tech company, hip hop culture in Canada produces ways of knowing (and being in) the world that continually disrupt the status quo. Self-styling, attitude, and linguistic ingenuity are but three ways in which the urgent spirit of hip hop culture exceeds the various mediums aimed at capturing and commodifying this highly innovative and often intangible culture.
from Dec 10 2017 to Nov 18 2018
Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is delving deep into the gallery’s vaults to make a very personal selection of works of art for his first curated show since taking the reins of the gallery. Dejardin promises many classic favourites, but also some that have been rarely seen, and some that might surprise even an audience familiar with Canadian art. This exhibition will showcase the beauty, diversity, and artistry of the art of Canada.
from Sep 30 2014 to Nov 30 2018
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this exhibition examines the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and at the front. Looking through the eyes of the local men and women who contributed in their own ways to the war effort, this exhibit takes viewers from recruiting office to the trenches.
from Nov 07 2014 to Nov 07 2022
Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum
from Nov 07 2014 to Nov 07 2022
The Fashion History Museum
from Feb 04 2018 to Sep 29 2019
Join us and discover the "upstairs and downstairs" stories of the Harris and Sayers families and their domestic staff. Tour the house with guides who will highlight the lives of the family during the war years. Enjoy a traditional cream tea with tasty treats and a variety of teas while discussing the love interests of the Crawley women and the goings on below stairs. Don't forget to wear your best hat and gloves, historic or contemporary!