The City of Toronto has recently announced that Toronto History Museums are now open with FREE general admission! The goal is to provide everyone with the opportunity to fully participate in cultural heritage and spaces. In turn, we should definitely celebrate the contributions of museums to our communities. Read on to how find about the 10 properties open around the megacity.
Note: Operating hours vary by site, and additionally some special exhibitions and events may carry a charge.
Fort York National Historic Site
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto
As a contrast to its new neighbours — the (literally) overshadowing condo buildings and highways — it’s quite the experience to step back in time at Fort York. Not only is it a preserved as a 43-acre archeological park, but Fort York holds historical significance: it’s where British soldiers, First Nations warriors, and Upper Canadian militiamen stood together against the United States and their mission to capture Toronto in the War of 1812.
Mackenzie House (currently closed due to flooding)
Where: 82 Bond Street, Toronto
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this restored 1858 townhouse was the final home of William Lyon Mackenzie, who was Toronto’s first mayor and also leader of the 1837 Rebellion. (Interesting tidbit: Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Mackenzie’s grandson, saved the house from demolition.)
Where: 95 Front Street East, Toronto
On the second floor of St. Lawrence Market, the ﬁrst City Council chambers now houses rotating exhibits that dive deep into the history of our city.
Where: 285 Spadina Road, Toronto
Explore the opulence and splendour of the 1930s at this dazzling mansion and neighbour of Casa Loma. Cool fact: the name “Spadina” comes from an Annishnaabemowin word ishpadina (“highland” or “ridge”), because it sits on top of the ravine overlooking Toronto.
Uptown & North York
Where: 5172 Yonge Street, North York
Gibson House is a 19th-century farmhouse hidden between the high rises of North York. There you can step across the threshold and back in offers visitors an opportunity to taste, smell and touch history.
Where: 1091 Finch Avenue East, North York
Zion Schoolhouse offers visitors a chance to experience a day at school circa 1910. Imagine what it’s like to take class not only with your friends, but every kid in the neighbourhood including all your siblings.
East End & Scarborough
Where: 1007 Brimley Road, Scarborough
Learn how Scarborough developed from land farmed by Indigenous peoples and settlers to a major suburb of North America’s fourth largest city.
Where: 67 Pottery Road, Toronto
Hidden in the Don River Valley, Todmorden Mills lets you immerse yourself in Toronto’s history through the daily lives of the working people who made the lumber, ﬂour, beer, and bricks that built our city.
West End & Etobicoke
Colborne Lodge (interior currently closed)
Where: 11 Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto
Nestled in the west end’s High Park, this Regency-era lakeside summer cottage is now an active hub for community events, such as cottage and garden tours, special events, workshops, and more.
Where: 4709 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke
This lively museum gives visitors the opportunity to see how a 19th-century Canadian inn was run, from ballroom to bedrooms, as well as a kitchen and bar that are still in full working order. It also runs a popular farmers market.
Looking for more Museums in Toronto? You can find them here!