Museums

Aug 07 - Dec 15 2018
This Mountain Loves You is a tribute to and recreation of Leonard Knight's “Salvation Mountain”, a large scale folk art environment located in the desert of Southern California. Created by the AGO Youth Council in collaboration with Mexican/Canadian artist Ani Castillo whose cartoons and drawings depict themes of self-love and empowerment, the youth council drew on their own experiences and thoughts to generate positive messages for their own mountain. Over a 7 week period of time youth hand painted messages on brightly coloured fabrics and then stitched them together to create a large scale quilt, covering the surface of the mountain. Unveiled on July 14th at the annual youth party and on display in Walker Court for the week of July 15 - 22, This Mountain Loves You, aims to counter and resist the current climate of Trump era politics.
from Sep 28 2018 to Jan 06 2019
World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including large scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.
from Jul 23 2018 to Mar 01 2019
Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) was among the most significant artists to emerge in Germany after the Second World War. He is best known for his sculpture and performance art, and often used found objects and everyday materials in his work. Beuys also drew constantly: drawing allowed him to experiment with different concepts and create a reservoir of ideas for other projects. This selection of works on paper revolves around the theme of death and reveals his sculptor’s approach; building up the paper’s surface with collage. Beuys not only challenged artistic traditions and expanded the definition of sculpture, but expressed through his nuanced practice a deep concern with political activism and social change.
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.
from Jul 23 2018 to Apr 14 2019
The First World War is recognized as a period of mass violence and destruction, but also as a beginning. The war ushered in technological innovation, mechanizing and recording war in ways previously impossible. The growing pervasiveness of photography resulted in a conflict well-documented by military officials, press agencies, and amateurs alike. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) holds nearly 500 albums from this period, a unique and extensive collection donated in 2004 by a private collector. The albums reveal different aspects of the relationship between warfare and photography; retrospectively, all of them—personal, official, and commercial—engage in a dialogue with history by presenting unique visual narratives that uphold or challenge historical perceptions of war. The breadth of albums and accounts—British, French, German, Canadian, Austrian, American, Australian, Italian, Czech, and Russian—expose the multiplicities of experience as well as the commonalities of war.
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.
Feb 16 - May 05 2019
Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more brings masterpieces from around the world to the AGO, including great paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and film from the period.
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.
Mar 09 - Sep 02 2019
From one of India’s greatest former kingdoms come the sumptuous royal arts of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Intricate paintings, dazzling jewellery, meticulous textiles and luxury decorative arts tell stories of conquest, kingship, strategic alliances, gender roles and life at court. These treasures were produced under the patronage of a dynasty that ruled this desert kingdom for centuries, until India’s independence in 1947. They reflect a cosmopolitan culture sustained by a delicate balance between local and external influences, tradition and modernity.
from Jul 14 2018 to Sep 30 2019
Explore East Asian art in a different and provocative way when contemporary design meets traditional forms in Designing Asian Design. Featuring objects from the ROM’s East Asian collections, this exhibit displays both ancient and modern artifacts from multiple countries together including China, Japan, and Korea. With a focus on design and visual impact, the function, cultural affiliation and origin of these objects takes a backseat to colour, shape, and form.
Apr 29 - Dec 27 2018
Drop in on Thursday nights to learn more about the daily lives of the Gibson family and discover a different 19th-century activity each week, including dyeing, spinning, hearth cooking and more. Join the Community Quilt Group from 6 to 8 p.m. to explore historic and contemporary quilting techniques in a comfortable, social setting.
Dec 28-29 2018
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight and musicians Gin Lane will perform.
Jun 30 - Dec 30 2018
Join us for a spot of tea and a taste of history in the Tea Room of Montgomery's Inn. Tea Time at the Inn includes a sweet and savory combo plate, with a seasonal feature and unlimited tea service (black and herbal varieties available). Tea served and goods baked by Montgomery's Inn dedicated volunteers.
Nov 14 - Dec 30 2018
Enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season at Gibson House Museum. Learn how the Gibson family celebrated the season in the nineteenth century and sample some tasty treats by the open hearth. See the Victorian-era home decorated in natural greenery on a guided tour with our knowledgeable staff.
Jul 10 - Dec 31 2018
Presented in partnership with Shaftesbury, this exhibit explores the fascinating lives of women in 1920s Toronto, and how their challenges and triumphs are reflected in the lives of the characters of the CBC drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.
from Jul 31 2018 to Jan 06 2019
As the first Mayor of Toronto in 1834, William Lyon Mackenzie faced a series of challenges: accusations of bias from a divided and hostile council; a catastrophic accident at City Hall; the deadly return of cholera to Toronto, and perhaps his biggest challenge of all: building a city bureaucracy from scratch. The exhibit explores an eventful year in the life of City, as shown through the ups and downs of Toronto’s first Mayor.
from Nov 20 2018 to Jan 06 2019
Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Festive holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe adorn the house. In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider.
from Nov 27 2018 to Jan 06 2019
Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape the hustle and bustle while you enjoy mulled cider and biscuits in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto as you tour the decorated house. Until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Clause during their visit. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press and write a personal message. Drop the card into our magic post box and it will be delivered to Santa.
from Jul 28 2018 to Jan 06 2019
For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. The BSM is excited to be the final and only North American venue to showcase this travelling exhibition. Previous stops on the international tour included Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid. The exhibition is now open to the public and runs through until January 6, 2019.
from Oct 04 2018 to Jan 13 2019
This exhibition will document an artistic career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, bringing together more than 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist.
from Sep 07 2018 to Jan 13 2019
Today, Japanese clay art is experiencing one of the richest and most diverse periods in its long history. Throughout 2018, three lobby displays, curated by Joan B. Mirviss, an authority on Japanese ceramics and a New York City gallery owner for 40 years, will feature the work of ground-breaking Japanese ceramists who stand on the world stage, boldly asserting their independence, creativity, and technical genius. For centuries in Japan, women were excluded from the male-dominated landscape of ceramic arts, restricted from taking apprenticeships, making ceramic vessels, or even participating in the firing process. However, with the advent of university programs and professional ceramic schools throughout Japan in the postwar era, women have been able to move past these gender-specific boundaries. Today, Japanese female masters of clay are the equals of their male contemporaries, as luminaries and independent creative talents.
from Oct 18 2018 to Jan 20 2019
The second half of the 19th century was a golden age of collecting in Europe and North America. The epicenter in Canada was Montreal, then the country’s economic powerhouse. In a period of colonial expansion, its business leaders collected and displayed European and Asian art to convey their emerging power and status. Sir William Van Horne (1843-1915), the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was one such collector. While the public rooms of his Montreal mansion included masterpieces by Rembrandt, Turner, and others, he confessed to loving the Japanese ceramics in his private study most of all.
from Sep 22 2018 to Feb 10 2019
This exhibit is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Canadian women being entitled to vote in federal elections. It showcases objects from the Toronto History Museums collections that illustrate the lives of women in 1918 and highlight key people in the Canadian Women's Suffrage movement and the milestones on the way to winning "Votes for Women".
from Nov 10 2018 to Feb 18 2019
Consciously coinciding with the David Milne exhibition and the centenary of the armistice, this exhibition will focus on surveying Stephen Andrews’ works that deal with images of war, prisoners of war, and the way in which we experience such imagery through the media. Andrews’ works, which are largely pencil crayon on paper, subtly interpret the omissions and misinterpretations of war imagery. A large component of the exhibition will feature the artist’s work from about 2003 through 2006, which deal primarily with the Iraq War. Another component of the show will display his most recent work, which grapples with Vimy Ridge. Just like Milne, Andrews’ war imagery focuses on the aftermath. Not incidentally, Andrews has been a long-time admirer of the work of David Milne.
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!
from Nov 07 2014 to Nov 07 2022
The Fashion History Museum
from Nov 07 2014 to Nov 07 2022
Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum
from Jul 14 2018 to Apr 25 2020
Four paintings recently acquired by the ROM explore colonialism and traditional knowledge of the therapeutic properties and spiritual significance of plants, wisdom now lost but which we hope to reclaim. These works incorporate knowledge that is taught and knowledge that is revealed, in combination with a powerful artistic vision.
from Jul 13 2019 to Jan 05 2020
Famous guitarist Kirk Hammett, of the heavy metal band Metallica, has created one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. This exhibition explores Hammett’s significant collection and examines the connection between artistry, emotion, and popular culture through a selection of works from 20th-century cinema.
from Sep 01 2019 to May 31 2020
Made with novel cotton, vivid colours and exuberant design, the painted and printed cottons of India changed human history; they revolutionized art, fashion and science wherever they went around the globe. Featuring pieces from the Museum’s world-renowned collection, this ROM original exhibition explores how over thousands of years India’s artisans have created, perfected and innovated these printed and painted multicoloured cotton fabrics to fashion the body, honour divinities, and beautify palaces and homes.