Museums

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.
Aug 17 2018 (Friday)
This social media-friendly tour is your chance to get up close and personal with a luxurious 1920s mansion. For one very special night you can go behind the ropes, sit on antique furniture, pose for shots at the billiard table, and even explore the off-limits third floor. '20s-inspired costumes are encouraged! Our experts will guide you through the history of the selfie, share tips and tricks for finding the best shot and provide fun accessories to take your look to the next level. Period refreshments are included to top off an evening of decadent fun.
Jul 18 - Aug 12 2018
This summer the AGO celebrates the power of Inuit art by bringing together two extraordinary artists – Kenojuak Ashevak and her nephew Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak – in our major exhibition of the season. Ashevak and Pitsiulak represent two generations of Inuit artists who have challenged viewers to respond to their art and the Inuit world view in new ways. The exhibition will be the first time Inuit art is showcased in the AGO’s largest exhibition space, the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, and will be Pitsiulak’s first major gallery retrospective. The exhibition will feature key art works and sketches by each artist, enabling visitors to appreciate the strength of drawing as an expression of Inuit cultural heritage that engages everyday life at its deepest level.
Jul 14 - Aug 13 2018
Join us as we reawaken one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history: the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition, an Arctic venture that went horribly wrong 170 years ago.
Apr 29 - Sep 03 2018
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.
Jul 14 - Sep 09 2018
In the mid 1970s, the ROM led an exploratory expedition to the site of Saray Yazdigirdi, translated as “Yazdigird's palace,” situated on the edge of the Zagros mountains in western Iran. Artifacts discovered during the excavation contradicted earlier understanding about the site. The ROM’s study of the decorative architectural ornaments revealed this was not the palace of a king as once believed, but a fortified stronghold from 2nd century Parthia in Iran. The ruins were reinterpreted as the retreat of a Persian warlord - a robber baron that plundered goods from caravans travelling along the legendary Silk Road.
Jul 18 - Sep 16 2018
The exhibition features 14 of Terada’s large-scale text-based paintings, shown for the first time. Terada’s final chapter, “New York Dealers and Collectors”, is on view with Goldstein’s sublime photorealistic image of a lightning storm. When compared, they address the different ways we read or respond to painting.
Jul 14 - Sep 23 2018
In anticipation of the new Dawn of Life gallery, which will be home to the ROM’s world renowned collection of Burgess Shale specimens, the Museum will have a special display of spectacular pieces that will introduce how the new gallery will present, interpret, and explain fossil life.
Jul 18 - Sep 30 2018
This past year, the AGO launched a distance learning series with schools in remote and rural parts of Ontario in collaboration with TakingITGlobal, an organization devoted to empowering youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. TakingITGlobal’s Connected North program has partnered with Indigenous artist Nyle Miigizi Johnston at Miigizi Creations to develop an Ojibwe language and education resource kit called Connecting With Our First Family. The AGO is hosting the exhibition to facilitate relationship building and future learning opportunities. This project supports students and educators in the process of understanding the Anishinaabe Nation, with the aim of strengthening Indigenous identity and culture as well as encouraging Ojibwe language revitalization and community development. Art stimulates our senses and invites us to expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Images can capture our imagination and draw us into a given moment, into particular emotions and into a deeper state of curiosity. Nyle Miigizi Johnston invites you to discover the stories that each animal reveals.
Jun 02 - Oct 08 2018
Look beyond fashion and explore the endless possibilities that come from interweaving design, art, and technology in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Featuring original designs by Dutch designer and couturier, Iris van Herpen, this exhibition explores her 2008-2015 collections that push the boundaries of traditional fashion and craftsmanship.
Oct 13 2018 (Saturday)
Discover unrivaled antiquities, intrigue, "lost cities", mysterious alignments of the solar system – Peru has it all! Highlights of the tour include: Welcome dinner at the oldest continuously inhabited private family residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Behind-the-scenes tour of the artistically superb ceramics of the Moche people at the famous Larco Herrera Museum in Lima. Stroll the Bridge of Sighs in the Barranco district of Lima overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy privileged access to the recent discoveries of ancient sites in Northern Peru including the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán. Watch fishermen ride reed horses made with the centuries old skills used for the Kon-Tiki rafts departing from Peru in 1947. Refresh at a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Sacred Valley. Private tour of Machu Picchu and lunch at the famous Sanctuary Hotel near the peak. Visit many of the great Incan Empire sites: Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac.
Jul 21 - Oct 21 2018
One of India's most visionary and celebrated pioneers in colour photography, Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a prolific photographer whose creative style revealed the dramatic palette of India’s streets, places and peoples through a distinct lens. Tracing the full trajectory of his career from the late 1960s to his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s, this exhibition showcases the iconic depictions of Indian life and culture in vivid colour.
Jul 18 - Oct 21 2018
Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental explores the artist’s lifelong commitment to the relation of politics and beauty in art, often expressed using natural materials, and the human form.
Jul 21 - Oct 21 2018
Museums today are struggling with what to do when artists represented in their galleries are accused of sexual harassment or when artworks in their collections are viewed as problematic. #MeToo & the Arts offers audiences a series of public engagements that explore the intersection of #MeToo and the arts, with a focus of museums. Prompted by the ROM’s upcoming presentation of Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, and an allegation of sexual misconduct made against the deceased artist, #MeToo & the Arts seeks to encourage a larger conversation about how museums, and the public, are engaging with art within the context of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Oct 01 - Nov 30 2018
In 1991, during his tenure as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman donated his historic collection of toy soldiers to the Royal Ontario Museum. While there are a few of these collectables currently on display in the J.F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders, this new installation will showcase almost all of the Hal Jackman Toy Soldier Collection, which traces the historic life span of Britains Ltd., one of the world’s pioneers in the manufacturing of toy soldiers. Visitors are invited to enjoy the artistry and detail of this outstanding collection, and learn about the legacy of Britains Ltd.’s years of lead toy production from 1893-1966.
Jun 16 - Dec 01 2018
From spinning webs, dancing, swimming, to even losing a limb and growing it back, spiders are one of the most amazing animals on the planet! Spiders: Fear & Fascination will bring you face-to-face with over 200 live and preserved specimens, interactive and augmented reality experiences, and even a live venom-milking lab. Ignite your curiosity, conquer your fear, and see spiders in a whole new light.
from Dec 01 2018 to Mar 31 2019
Striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and the remarkable beauty of our natural world are captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year. As the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world, this exhibition returns to the ROM for the sixth year and features one hundred extraordinary new photographs that will amaze and move viewers.
Jan 12 - Apr 22 2019
Gods in My Home examines a combination of Chinese ancestral paintings and traditional popular prints, with a focus on the fascinating connection between these two seemingly separate genres in the context of Chinese Lunar New Year. These images reflect a unique Chinese view of spirituality and the belief that these portraits and prints were capable of blessing and protecting the prosperity of family lines.
from Dec 15 2018 to May 20 2019
Come face to face with Zuul crurivastator (Zool CRUR-uh-vass-TATE-or), an exciting new species of armoured dinosaur recently unveiled by ROM scientists! Aptly named after the fictional monster Zuul in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, crurivastator means ‘destroyer of shins’, for its extraordinary weapon-like tail. From Zuul’s skull to its menacing tail club, this 75-million-year-old, plant-eating dinosaur skeleton is the most complete of its kind, and was found with a diversity of fossilized plants and animals from the same period.
Jul 25 2018 (Wednesday)
ALINE HOMZY (violinist) is a violinist and composer who was born and raised in Montreal. Equally adept in the musical worlds of classical and jazz.
Jul 07-29 2018
This exhibit builds on archival research, story-telling, and photography to explore the meanings of urban memory through the parallel between human lives and the ebbs and flows of the physical urban scape. Looking at the imprints of past buildings on the walls that remain, the exhibit considers what it means to have memory — as people and as buildings.
Jul 01-31 2018
Mary Ann Slater is an acrylic realism artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Mary is a self-taught artist and over the past three years she has developed her love of art into a career, focusing on realism painting with acrylics.
Jul 19 - Aug 01 2018
'Summer Exhibition' will feature captivating colourful works by Arta Gallery resident artists as well as new artists to cherish summer.
Jul 19 - Aug 01 2018
Arta Gallery is pleased to present "Women's View" Summer Group Exhibition that will feature an eclectic array of photography, painting, and sculpture by 11 incredibly talented female artists from different countries around the world. This exhibition strives to encompass the true spirit of summer, and is one of our best exhibitions of the season!
Jul 19 - Aug 01 2018
Mila Hendinejad is an Iranian-Canadian abstract painter who is based in Toronto, Canada. She has been working with colours, composition, and design for over 15 years. Her work is inspired by her roots in Persian art culture and characterized by the use of vibrant colours, textures, forms, and figures. Her work blurs the lines between creation and destruction, and only through destruction, does she discover the life in each painting.
Aug 10 2018 (Friday)
What did Victorians think about masturbation, LGBTQQIP2SAA sex, prostitution, and pleasuring versus procreation? Were the Victorians really the uptight prudes that we think they were? How did public censure and governmental legislation control the desires of this era? So many questions! Participants will be encouraged to be curious.
Aug 17 2018 (Friday)
The Rebels have been routed, but the Rebellion is not over! Their daring leader Mackenzie has escaped, and is assembling his determined Patriots at a secret Rendezvous from which they can carry on their noble fight. You must work through the clues he has left behind – a number of historically-based riddles and puzzles – to discover the secret rendezvous and join them there. Hurry, as the Loyalist Militia is also coming to search for his clues, and the likes of you!
Aug 22 2018 (Wednesday)
The Guitar Guys are a Toronto-based string ensemble, offering an innovative musical experience that combines the warm classical string sound with a variety of musical genres including contemporary pop, jazz, and classical music.
Aug 24 2018 (Friday)
From Dracula and Frankenstein to the fear of being buried alive and the fetish of post-mortem photos, take this interactive tour that surveys the Victorian obsession with death.
Jul 07 - Aug 26 2018
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto's first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, and let the kids get hands-on making their own crafts. Weekends in July - "Historical" fridge magnets Weekends in August - Paper folding crafts
Jun 18 - Aug 27 2018
Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors open at 5 p.m. During this weekly event, R&B and soul performer Sean Jones—accompanied by a seven–piece band and special guests—will perform live with hit songs and new classics. The concert takes place in Casa Loma’s Glass Pavilion, meaning audiences enjoy views of the city, stars, and estate gardens during the performance. Casa Loma also offers the option of dining while onsite, from full service dining to more casual service at the grab-and-go and gelato stands in the gardens.
Apr 29 - Aug 27 2018
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies, and enjoy a tour of this lovely 1850s farmhouse.
Jun 05 - Aug 28 2018
Tuesday evenings June 5th – August 28th, Casa Loma will play host to the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion on the WestJet stage. Enjoy stunning views of the city, majestic castle and the beautiful estate gardens while listening to the Toronto Concert Orchestra under the stars. Guests also have an abundance of al fresco food and drink options while onsite. Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm (Doors at 5pm) Castle open late until 10pm on Tuesdays
Jul 25 - Aug 29 2018
New this year, Casa Loma will present Just For Laughs Comedy at the Castle featuring live comedy performances on Wednesday evenings from. This six week series will feature a lineup of hilarious comedians from the world-famous comedy festival’s roster of elite performers. Performers throughout the series include: Alonzo Bodden, Greg Proops, Robert Kelly, Jessica Kirson, John Heffron, K. Trevor Wilson, Graham Chittendan and more. Dining options while onsite include full service dining in the Pavilion and gardens as well as more casual service at the grab-and-go and gelato stand.
Jul 07 - Aug 31 2018
Explore John and Jemima Howard's intriguing cottage and find out what Torontonians were up to in the 19th century. Take a moment to relax amidst our beautiful heritage gardens. Check out what is happening each day in the Lodge and on the grounds.
Aug 31 2018 (Friday)
Try out locally brewed, modern beer with our guests, Muddy York Brewing Co., in an amazing historic setting. Learn a little something about craft brewing in Toronto while sampling Victorian snack food. Ticket price includes a taste of four different beers and two 12 oz pulls.
Aug 01-31 2018
Both are currently practicing out of his studio in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario.
Apr 29 - Aug 31 2018
This exhibit explores currency, general stores and shopping habits in 19th century rural Ontario, providing new context for the lives of the Gibson family and the development of communities like Willowdale.
Sep 03 2018 (Monday)
Calling all fans of the Outlander series! In this hands-on workshop, Mackenzie House explores how the real-life struggles and triumphs, of Scottish rebel, William Lyon Mackenzie compare to the romantic world of Jamie and Claire Fraser. Transcribe 19th century historical documents; compare period fashion; experiment with herbalism and hygiene; and discover your own clan connections! You'll also try a printing press similar to Jamie's and learn how they were used as agents of change. Mackenzie House was the home of William Lyon Mackenzie, first mayor of Toronto and leader of the Rebellion of 1837.
Sep 03 2018 (Monday)
For the first time, the Aga Khan Park’s serene reflecting pools are transformed into a dramatic exhibition venue. This free outdoor art installation, presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, presents large-scale portraits by photographer Aida Muluneh.
Sep 06 2018 (Thursday)
Visit the Inn for fresh corn cooked in the outdoor bake oven, live music, children's activities and displays from west-end heritage organizations. Explore the newly restored museum on a guided tour. Don't forget your lawn chairs!
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.
Sep 22 2018 (Saturday)
Learn how to preserve the harvest at this hands-on workshop. Participate in the start to finish process of canning and preserving the Victorian way with the help of our 1860s wood stove. We will be canning a variety of savoury jams and vegetables for participants to sample and take home.
Sep 30 2018 (Sunday)
Celebrate the harvest season with your community in beautiful High Park. Activities include pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, harvest lunch at the Children's Garden, period music and dancing. Browse local vendors, artisans and makers and enjoy tasty roast potatoes and warm apple cider.
Sep 01-30 2018
Melissa Tseng is a Toronto-based visual artist specializing in encaustic painting, an ancient art form that involves mixing coloured pigment into molten beeswax, which is then applied to an absorbent surface. When cooled, Melissa then carves and manipulates the beeswax with heated metal carving instruments, specialized irons and a blow torch.
Jun 30 - Oct 01 2018
Don’t miss the return to the Aga Khan Museum of a popular work from our 2015 exhibition Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation, which highlighted the work of Arab artists examining how private life is shaped by current political events. This summer, Saudi-Arabia-born artist Manal AlDowayan is back at the Museum with a fuller version of Suspended Together – (Standing Dove, Eating Dove), the pair of porcelain birds that were visitor favourites. This summer’s installation, Suspended Together, which floats above the courtyard café in the Museum’s atrium until October, is a flock of 30 birds representing Manal alDowayan response to Saudi Arabia’s travel restrictions.
Oct 06 2018 (Saturday)
Back on popular demand, participants will make three different quick breads on the open hearth. This hands-on workshop is led by an experienced historic cook. Participants must be 12 or older.