Museums

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.
Sep 28 2018 (Friday), 07:00 PM
Celebrate the fabulous world of Fashion! Enjoy complimentary access to Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion and Philip Beesley: Transforming Space.
Jul 20 - Sep 30 2018
Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), a leading 20th century German artist, was known for her drawings, prints (woodcuts, etchings and lithographs), and sculptures. Over a career spanning more than five decades in a largely male-dominated art world, Kollwitz developed powerful and emotional imagery based on her own experiences, her interactions with working-class women in Berlin, and her exposure to the horrors of two world wars. In addition to her self-portraits, themes in Kollwitz’s work examine the lives and suffering of poor women, the intimate relationships between mothers and children, humanitarian and social issues, and her ongoing dialogue with death. Kollwitz designed prints and posters to protest poverty, hunger, and child mortality. This exhibition celebrates the richness and depth of Kollwitz’s work and Dr. Brian McCrindle’s extraordinary donation to the AGO of 170 prints, drawings and sculptures by Kollwitz in 2015. This is one of the largest collections of the artist’s work outside Germany.
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 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.
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.
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.
Jul 20 - Dec 01 2018
June Clark’s works explore the intersection of family history, recollection and identity. Clark grew up in Harlem, a major centre of Black cultural and artistic excellence. In 1968 she moved to Toronto, where she continues to live and create art. Both cities have played important roles in her art and life. Clark began working in photography, with Toronto’s Baldwin Street Gallery, and later co-founded the Women’s Photography Co-op. Today, her practice extends to sculpture, collage and photoetching, and revolves around the memories and stories that have deeply impacted her life.
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.
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.
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 22 2018 (Saturday)
Our Visit of the Vaults tour is back due to popular demand, providing a behind-the-scenes peek into the gallery’s collections storage area. Join us for a fascinating look at how and where artwork is received, stored, catalogued and conserved. With the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Varley Art Gallery was able to undertake a project to upgrade the care and storage of works on paper in the permanent collection (drawings, paintings, prints) and develop a conservation plan for the treatment of fragile works.
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.
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.
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.
Oct 20 2018 (Saturday)
Following the fall harvest, come to Gibson House Museum to relax and enjoy a Victorian-inspired harvest tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches and sweets in the historic 1850s farmhouse in the company of our costumed interpreters, and tour the museum at your leisure. Not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
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.
Jun 30 - Nov 17 2018
Today, the bicycle is a mainstream mode of transportation for almost a million riders in Toronto, yet sharing the road has been a challenge for city builders and city users for well over a century. Showcasing over a dozen bicycles, archival photographs, early advertisements and artifacts from private and public collections, Bike City tells the story of the bicycle and its impact on Toronto, past, present and future.
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.
Jul 26 - Nov 29 2018
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night at the Inn. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine in our restored 1847 barroom accompanied by live traditional music.
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.
Jun 30 - Dec 01 2018
Sundays are Family Days at the Aga Khan Museum. Families are encouraged to drop into the Museum’s classrooms to participate in hands-on craft activities that change regularly to reflect our special exhibitions and programs. Designed for families with children between the ages of 5 and 12. Adult accompaniment is required. Free with admission to the galleries.
Apr 29 - Dec 06 2018
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast!
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.
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.
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 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 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!
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.