Toronto Museums and Art Galleries
(Toronto, Ontario - ON, Canada)
With a wealth of museums and art galleries on offer in Toronto, visitors will never be short on interesting exhibits to explore, making the city a year-round destination. Popular museums include the Royal Ontario Museum, where visitors can admire millions of Egyptian and Native American artifacts; the Museum of Television, providing a fascinating insight into the revolutionary phenomenon known as television; the Campbell House Museum, for a glimpse at Georgian-style splendor; and Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum, a must for any 'shoe enthusiast'.
Meanwhile, the art scene is thriving and holiday makers will find a plethora of galleries at which to fill their visual senses, including the popular Art Gallery of Ontario.
Art Gallery of Ontario
Address: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1G4, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 979 6660
Situated in the heart of Toronto's vibrant Chinatown district, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the province's most prestigious art museums. This attraction houses many impressive works, which include paintings by the acclaimed Canadian Group of Seven, 19th-century pieces by impressionists and works by Henry Moore. Visitors can pass a few hours here taking in more than 24,000 pieces of art, while the facility also offers a restaurant, gift shop and an activity center.
Open hours: Wednesday to Friday - 12:00 to 21:00, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, students and under 15s, children under six free
Campbell House Museum
Address: 160 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3H3, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 597 0227
The one-time home of the Chief Justice of Upper Canada, Sir William Campbell, this property is the oldest surviving building from the city of York, Toronto's predecessor. Now a museum, the Georgian-style home provides a rare insight into Canadian homes of this period and 30-minute tours allow visitors to fully enjoy the splendor of this building.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 16:30, Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 to 16:30, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discount for students, seniors and children
Bata Shoe Museum
Address: 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1W7, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 979 7799
A must for all shoe lovers - here is a museum that is entirely dedicated to footwear, covering shoes from different periods and geographical areas. With more than 10,000 pairs on show, there is sure to be a pair that catches your eye at Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum, while visitors also have the opportunity to view celebrity shoes, including Elvis' blue loafers, Queen Victoria's ballroom shoes and the ballet slippers of Karen Kain.
Open hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 20:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Museum of Television
Address: 277 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 4P9, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 599 7339
What once started as a personal collection belonging to Canadian media giant Moses Znaimer, is now a museum that contains more than 250 television-related items. Tracing the history of this revolutionary phenomenon, the Toronto Museum of Television explores the effect of television on the general population, as well as providing a look at the engineering behind the popular machines. The museum also acts as a resource center for students.
Open hours: Tours; Monday to Friday - 14:00 and 16:00
Royal Ontario Museum
Address: 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 586 5549
Covering everything from archaeology and science to art and history, this is one of Toronto's premier museums, known for its impressive Egyptian and Native American collections. Housing more than six million artifacts, the recent expansion of the museum has further enhanced its attractiveness.
Open hours: Saturday to Thursday - 10:00 to 18:00, Friday - 10:00 to 21:30
Admission: charge, children under four free