The Best Museums to Visit in Toronto

Our go to guide for the best museums to visit in the city.

Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto has some of the best museums in the world. From art, to sculpture, history, ceramics, shoes, and more, there’s something for everyone. Our go to guide for the best museums to visit in the city.

Photo credit: Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON
Hours: The Museum is open daily except for December 25
Admission: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students (14 to 17) $12, Child (6-13) $10, Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 youth) $50, Children 6 and under Free.

The Aga Khan Museum provides visitors with a window into the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage. The Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 1,000 objects includes rare masterpieces that reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials. These portraits, textiles, miniatures, manuscripts, ceramics, medical texts, books, tiles and musical instruments represent more than eleven centuries of human history and a geographic area stretching from the Iberian coast to China. Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions is FREE each Wednesday from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Photo credit: Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Admission: Adults $14.00, Seniors $12, Students $8.00, Children (5-17) $5, Children under 4 Free

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. Note: Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm are Pay What You Can with a suggested donation of $5.

Photo credit: AGO

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except for Mondays
Admission: Adults $19.50, Seniors $16, Students + Youths (6-17) $11, Family Pass (2 adults and up to 5 Youth) $49, Children 5 and under Free. Note: Starting May 25, visitors 25 years and under visit for Free.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. The collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. The AGO recently acquired Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room - Let's Survive Forever. The AGO offers a wide range of Family programming and activities, along with seasonal camps. Free admission to the collection galleries every Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm.

Photo credit: Design Exchange

Design Exchange (DX)
234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except for Sunday and Monday
Admission: Free

Design Exchange is a cultural institution that champions creative thinking, inspires problem solving, and celebrates innovative talent in Canada and around the world. Established in 1994, Design Exchange serves as Canada's design hub, by being a crossroads for multiple disciplines that demonstrate the power of design, innovation, and technology to change the world for the better for everyone, through the delivery of a range of engaging and enriching public programs and exhibitions.

Photo credit: Fort York

Fort York
250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except certain holidays (check website)
Admission: Adults $14, Seniors $10, Youth (13-18) $8, Children (6-12) $6, Families (Max 2 adults, 3 children) $35, Children 5 and under Free, Special events may require separate ticket

Fort York National Historic Site, built in 1793 is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. It served as the city's primary harbour defence between the 1790s and the 1880s and was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s. Fort York consists of 44 acres of land that is used to host many cultural and artistic events and its defensive walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

Photo credit: Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except January 1 and December 25
Admission: Adults $15, Seniors $11, Students $9, Children 18 and under Free (under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

The Gardiner Museum is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Note: Half-price admission every Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 9 pm. This rate is not available online. Half-price tickets are available in person only on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 pm onward.

Photo credit: Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge Street, Brookfield Place, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except Induction Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Admission: Adults $20.00, Youth (4-13)$14.00, Senior $16.00, Children 3 & under Free

With over 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame has something for everyone: simulation games, theatres, the greatest collection of hockey artifacts anywhere in the world, and best of all, hands-on access to the Stanley Cup.

Photo credit: MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada
158 Sterling Road, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except for Tuesdays
Admission: Adults $10, Students 18+ & Seniors $5, Kids under 18 Free

Located in the Tower Automotive Building, the museum features modern works by local and international artists. MOCA won the Leading Culture Destinations award in 2018. The MOCA is offering a special PWYC pricing until May 23 for the brief pause between their major exhibition programs. This means admission to MOCA will be on a donation basis.

Photo credit: Ontario Science Centre

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Adults $22, Youth (13 to 17) & Seniors $16, Child (3 to 12) $13, Infants 2 and under Free

The Ontario Science Centre is one of Canada’s most visited attractions. As one of the world's first interactive science museums, the Science Centre features hundreds of interactive exhibits, daily demos and more! KidSpark, an extremely popular hall designed for children under eight, is a learn-through-play space that provides science fun for younger visitors.

Photo credit: Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions Toronto
132 Front Street, E, Toronto, ON

This new museum is all about the fascinating world of illusions. Thrilled yet bewildered you will enter a world that will blow your mind but also give you an opportunity to learn all sorts of things. It is sure to be an amazing and unimaginable experience because whatever you see, especially here in the Museum of Illusions, is not what it appears to be. Are you ready for an adventure? There are 80+ exhibits that will trick your mind and eyes.

Photo credit: Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
Hours: The Museum is open daily except for December 25
Admission: Adult $20.00, Child (4 - 14) $14, Senior $17, Student & Youth (15 - 19) $16.50, Infant (0-3) Free. Some exhibitions may require additional admission.

Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America's most renowned cultural institutions, Canada's largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Monday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Photo credit: Textile Museum of Canada

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, ON
Hours: Open daily except for December 25 and 26, and January 1
Admission: Adult: $15.00, Youth (6-18 years) + Students $6.00, Seniors $10, Children 5 and under Free, Family (5 individuals; max. 2 adults) $30.00

The Textile Museum of Canada is an international repository of cultural heritage and renowned art museum in Toronto, showcasing a historical collection as well as national and international contemporary artists. With more than 12,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions, the TMC's permanent collection celebrates cultural diversity and includes traditional fabrics, garments, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry. The Museum offers a broad variety of exhibitions based on our permanent collection and contemporary art exhibitions of the work of emerging and internationally recognized artists. Note: Between 5 and 8 pm on Wednesday evenings, the Museum offers pay-what-you-can admission.

Spadina Museum - Photo credit: City of Toronto

City of Toronto Historic Sites
Various locations
Hours: Hours vary by museum (see website)
Admission: All museums except for Fort York: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Youth (13-18) $7, Child (6-12) $5, Children 5 years and under Free. Special events may require tickets. The Scarbourough Museum is PWYC.

City of Toronto Historic Sites work collectively as 10 historic museums including: Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery's Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, York Museum and Zion Schoolhouse. These institutions maintain a leadership role in inspiring passion and understanding for Toronto, a diverse and vibrant city. Each building located throughout Toronto tells a unique story in ways that engage citizens and tourists alike. Whether you have been a resident your whole life or are a tourist visiting Toronto for a short time, these museums have something to offer everyone.

Note: All information posted was accurate at time of publication but hours/admission are subject to change. Please visit the museums' websites to check hours and rates before making the trip!
Lead photo credit: Royal Ontario Museum
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