May is Museum Month: Visit one of these GTA Museums!

May is Museum Month and each year, May 18 celebrates International Museum Day. During the month, museums will host events to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of museums within each of our communities. 

Museums open up a world of imagination and exploration, and it is important to introduce children to museums at a young age. Not only will a visit to the museum provide memorable and immersive learning experiences, but it will introduce children to new worlds and subjects. It's a unique environment for spending quality time with family.

To celebrate, why not visit one of these local museums in the Greater Toronto Area...

Photo credit: Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON
416-586-8000 |
Regular hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5:30pm
Admission: Adult: $20.00, Child (4 - 14): $14.00, Senior (65+): $17.00, Student: $16.50, Youth (15 - 19): $16.50, Infant (0-3): Free

The Royal Ontario Museum is  one of Canada’s largest museums where visitors can discover jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gems and mysterious mummies -- just a few of the treasures on display. Expect extraordinary experiences as you and your family explore how the earth and its cultures have evolved, and how the changes we face today will shape the world we’ll live in tomorrow. Features extensive collections, special exhibitions and curatorial expertise.

Photo credit: Oshawa Museum

Oshawa Museum
1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON
905-436-7624 |
Regular hours: Tuesday to Friday 8am – 4pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm. In July and August: Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm and Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Admission: Admission by donation ($5.00 per adult suggested admission)​

The Oshawa Museum is a historical museum founded by the Oshawa Historical Society, located in Oshawa, Ontario. It has a dual role as a museum; exhibits for the general public, and archival storage of the city's historical documents. The museums hosts family-friendly events regularly, many of which are free. The Oshawa Museum is an important heritage resource in Oshawa. As one of the few remaining heritage districts and Oshawa's only community museum, the four buildings that comprise the Museum are ideally situated to tell the story of Oshawa from its earliest native occupation to present times.

Photo credit: Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
416-979-7799 |
Regular hours: Open daily 10am to 5pm - Thursday: 10am to 8pm and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
​Admission: Adults $14, Senior: $12, Student: $8, Children ages 5-17 (inclusive): $5, Children under 0-4: FREE

Discover the treasures of North America’s world-renowned shoe museum. Located in Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum has over a thousand shoes and related artefacts (from a collection numbering over 13,000) in architect Raymond Moriyama’s award-winning five-floor structure. The BSM celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Footwear on display ranges from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms. Over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity shoes are reflected in the semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes. Three other galleries feature changing exhibitions, so there’s always something new to see.

Photo credit: Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON
416-646-4677 |
Regular hours: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am - 6pm  10am - Wednesdays: 10am to 8pm (Free on Wednesdays : 4pm - 8pm), Closed on Mondays.
​Admission: Adult - $15.00, Senior (65+) -$12.00, Student - $10.00, Child (6-13) - $8.00, Child under 6 - Free

Discover unexpected connections between diverse cultures at North America’s first museum dedicated to the arts of Muslim civilizations. Travel the Silk Routes with family and friends, explore year-round contemporary and historical exhibitions, and engage in a range of events and activities. Discover the arts of many cultures and encounter centuries of creativity, all in the galleries. Marvel at prize-winning architecture or share an afternoon coffee with friends in an open-air central courtyard.

Photo credit: Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
Regular hours: Monday to Thursday: 10am - 6pm, Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm
Admission: Adults: $15, Seniors $11, Students: $9, Youth and Children 18 & under: Free. Half price admission on Fridays from 4pm to 9pm.

The Gardiner Museum is Canada's national ceramics museum and one of the world's great specialty museums. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes and camps to complement its permanent collection. The Museum also features a bistro that serves delicious local fare prepared by à la Carte Kitchen Inc., and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist‐designed, artist‐made merchandise.

Photo credit: Canadian Automotive Museum

Canadian Automotive Museum
99 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, ON
905-576-1222 |
Regular hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Weekends 10am to 4pm
Admission: Adults - $10.00, Students - $8.00, Seniors (65+) - $8.00, Youth (6-17) - $5.00, Ages 5 and under – Free

The Canadian Automotive Museum exhibits and interprets the world's most significant collection of Canadian-built and Canadian-owned antique and classic cars. The Canadian Automotive Museum collection ranges from a 1903 Redpath Messenger to a futuristic 1983 DeLorean. The Canadian Automotive Museum is great for kids of all ages. Children 5 and under are always free! All-ages events take place throughout the year, including tours, car shows, and talks.

Photo credit: Markham Museum

Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road (Highway. 48), Markham, ON
905-305-5970 |
Regular hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday - Sunday: 12 noon to 5pm
Admission: Adults: $6.00, Seniors (65 yrs+): $5.00, Students (High School): $5.00, Children (Ages 2 to 12): $4.00, Family of Four (Maximum 2 Adults): $17.00

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 family-friendly events, private events and seasonal camps. In 2011 the Museum opened a new collection and exhibition hall. Meeting LEED Gold standards, the new building includes a large temporary exhibition hall and a smaller permanent installation called "What is Markham?"

Photo credit: Oakville Museum

Oakville Museum
8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON
905-338-4400 |
Regular hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Free (Donations appreciated)

The beautiful historic home and gardens of the Erchless Estate were once the home of our town’s founding family, but are now the setting for Oakville’s Community Museum. You can also visit a satellite exhibition gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. General admission at both locations during public hours is free! The museum holds a diverse collection of objects reflecting the history of Oakville from its establishment to the present day including costumes and textiles, fine and decorative arts, ethnological artifacts and Chisholm family-related materials. Artifacts that are not currently part of the permanent or temporary exhibits are carefully stored to ensure their preservation.

Admission pricing and hours were accurate at time of publication. Always check museum websites for updates and changes.
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