City of Toronto Launches HistoricTO

City of Toronto residents get a peek at Toronto’s unique past through HistoricTO.




Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens

The City of Toronto has announced the launch of HistoricTO, a new cultural experience that connects Toronto’s communities by providing inclusive access to local history, heritage and land-based learnings at the city's History Museums. These experiences were not previously available at these museums.

HistoricTO Walking Tours

This new time-ticketed, guided neighbourhood walking tour experience offers visitors an opportunity to engage in discussions and explore Toronto through different perspectives. 60 minute tours will be held from July 30 to September 4, and will vary in content. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting July 29. For more info, themes and tickets, visit toronto.ca/museums. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10. Hours of operation are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toronto History Museums Artifact Collection

The City is also offering never-before seen access to the Museums’ artifact and fine art collections through an online virtual database, accessible via toronto.ca/museums. This collection consists of 150,000 artifacts, 1.1 million archaeological specimens and 3,000 works of art reflecting the 11,000-year span of human occupation of the Toronto area.

Museum Shop

History enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy a new online shopping experience at the Museum Shop. Shop for products that are uniquely inspired by the City’s artifact collection and offer diverse local art.

HistoricTO will also include a new youth engagement advisory group to help plan for dynamic programming for the younger crowd at all City-run museums. And, did you know that you can enjoy all of the Museums' spaces and gardens? These are open to the public and can be searched on the ActiveTO map starting July 31.

Toronto History Museums are a collection of ten museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto’s many pasts, presents and futures meet at the museums. The sites range in size, historical significance and time periods. They include: Colborne Lodge; Fort York National Historic Site; Gibson House; Mackenzie House; Market Gallery; Montgomery’s Inn; Scarborough Museum; Spadina Museum; Todmorden Mills; and Zion Schoolhouse.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, HistoricTO is designed to follow Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Cultural & Heritage Institutions and Attractions guidelines. These guidelines include mandatory masks indoors, lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning.

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