Summer FUN Guide: Museums & Galleries

There are plenty of amazing exhibits geared specifically toward the younger crowd.

The Royal Ontario Museum

You probably already know that Toronto is home to some of the world's best museums and galleries. These magnificent institutions aren't just for the grown-ups' enjoyment - in fact, there are plenty of amazing exhibits geared specifically toward the younger crowd. Start here to explore the GTA's kid-friendly museums and galleries.

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
416-979-6608 |
The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a physical facility of 583,000 sq. ft. The AGO holds more than 80,000 works in
its collection, which spans from 100 A.D. to the present. There are lots of Family-friendly activities! Come visit the Kids Gallery at the AGO, a space created especially for children and you. Together you can experience art first-hand, learn and have fun. Enjoy our current exhibition, Pets & Me, with a fun interactive game, touchables and kids your age talking about art! You can draw your favorite pet and hang it up on our kids gallery wall, read a book or put on a costume and instagram your silly look! Make your mark and share stories in creative discovery zones found throughout the Gallery.

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
416-979-7799 |
Discover the treasures of North America's charming and surprising shoe museum. Hundreds of shoes (from a collection numbering over 13,000) are on exhibit in architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning four-storey structure. If you're looking for something unique and different to do with your family, daycare or day camp group, we offer activities with a flavour all their own! Who says you can't touch at a Museum! Now's your chance to see that ballet slipper, feel that sealskin boot and wear the clown shoe.

Pickering Museum Village
2365 Concession Road 6, Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0
Think History is boring? Think again! When was the last time you smelled fresh baked bread, played Capture the Flag, or learned how to make rope? At Pickering Museum Village, you will engage all five of your senses. Explore nineteen heritage buildings and gardens including a general store and steam barn; travel back in time with costumed guides; and experience family fun like never before. Pickering Museum Village offers tours, events, programs, birthday parties, and camps. It’s a new adventure every time!

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queen's Park Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
416-586-8000 |
Discover the natural and cultural world at the Royal Ontario Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum is one of Canada’s largest museums with eight Centres of Discovery to connect you to vibrant communities, and access our extensive collections and curatorial expertise. There are tons of family-friendly experiences for kids of all ages. This Summer, see the new exhibition, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Come face to face with a T. Rex and much more!

More to explore...

Benares Historic House
1507 Clarkson Rd N, Mississauga, ON L5J 2W8
905 615-4860
With more than 160 years of history, this exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Feel the warmth and pride of workmanship in this home which has been restored to its quiet elegance of the early 20th century. Begin your tour at the Visitor Centre. Explore the interpretive gallery; become acquainted with previous generations of the family and discover how Benares came to be. More info

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Rd, Mississauga, ON L5J 4T2
Open the doors to the 19th century and discover the Bradley Museum. Your journey begins at our Visitor Centre in The Anchorage, an Ontario Regency style cottage on the grounds of the museum. The Anchorage now houses changing exhibits, gift shop, meeting room, administrative offices and collections storage space. More info

The Canadian Automotive Museum
99 Simcoe St. South, Oshawa, ON L1H 4G7  
The Canadian Automotive Museum has 18,000 sq. ft of exhibit space featuring Canadian and imported vehicles. The museum collection ranges from a c. 1905 McLaughlin Buggy to a futuristic 1983 DeLorean. All-ages special event take place throughout the year, including tours, car shows, and talks. More info

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a living museum featuring the aircraft used by Canadians or Canada's Military from the beginning of World War II up to the present. The Museum's collection includes aircraft that really fly and several that remain on static display and are interactive workshops. More info

Colborne Lodge
11 Colborne Lodge Dr., Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park. John Howard, one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837. Drop in and view the many original furnishings and artifacts and some of John Howard's own watercolours depicting images of early Toronto. More info

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. Check for family events and special exhibitions. More info

Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1X5
Mackenzie House is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor, a radical journalist and publisher, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. The museum offers visitors the chance to explore the recreated 1850s print shop and modern gallery and enjoy the many changing exhibitions. Don't miss annual events. More info

Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road, Markham, ON L3R 9W3
The Markham Museum connects
the history of Markham to today’s new ‘settlers’ by examining our environment and the tools we use to adapt to our changing world. The 25-acre Museum site offers:
exhibits, school programs, public programs and events, private event venues and research facilities. Look for special events throughout the season. More info

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0
A unique and truly Canadian experience. From the art within the gallery on its walls to the surrounding landscape, the McMichael is the perfect gallery for an introduction to Canada's art. More info

Montgomery's Inn
4709 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, ON M9A 1A8
History comes to life at Montgomery's Inn! Montgomery's Inn has been a landmark in Etobicoke for over 180 years. Now surrounded by a rapidly expanding metropolis, it continues to provide visual evidence of early 19th-century life in this region. Today, the museum has been restored to its heyday of 1847 and extends the tradition of hospitality that the Montgomerys started in the 1830s. More info

Museum of Inuit Art
207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
Located on Toronto’s waterfront, we are the only museum in southern Canada that is devoted exclusively to art made by Inuit. More info

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON  L6J 2Y5
The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakville’s founding family but are now the setting for Oakville's community museum. Today, visitors can still enjoy that magnificent view and explore the beautiful buildings, grounds and gardens of Erchless. The Oakville Museum offers guided tours of the Chisholm family home, changing exhibitions, special events and programs that tell the fascinating stories of our town. More info

Oshawa Community Museum & Archives
1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park ON L1H 8S8
The Oshawa Community Museum & Archives tells the story of Oshawa from the first native settlements to the present day. It's fun for the whole family. More info

Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1P 3X9
Discover rural life from the 1850s to 1900 in Scarborough's Thomson Memorial Park. Scarborough Museum is a fun, friendly place to visit. There's something for
everyone, from community events and kids' day camps and birthday parties, to great volunteer opportunities for youth! Admission is by donation. More info

Spadina Museum Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2V6
Take in the beauty of one of Toronto's finest mansions and tour its restored Edwardian gardens. For over a century, Spadina was home to three generations of the
Austin family. Spadina Museum has been restored to accurately reflect how the Austin family lived during the inter-war period. Visitors can view the authentic artifacts, furnishings, and changing exhibits or explore the estate's 1905 era garden. More info

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