Q5. Where can you find
possessions of Elton
John, John Lennon, Marilyn
Monroe, Terry Fox and even
Napoleon Bonaparte, all in
one place? (P44)
Adventures For Daytrippers
When the weather gets colder and the days darker, what is more refreshing than a visit to one of our local museums. No longer the dusty, hushed halls of museums-long-ago, today’s collections are housed in beautiful, brightly lit buildings and offer many interactive experiences to bring the stories to life. There are museums to please all tastes, from airplanes, to clay pots to hockey memorabilia!
All provide special events and programming for families and kids and most have a restaurant or snack bar on site to relax after your visit. Come and learn, have fun and be transported back in time for an afternoon!
Just steps from the bustling Eaton Centre you can be transported back to 1822 and explore the oldest remaining house from the original Town of York. Groups can book time to learn about topics such as historic baking, how herbs were used by pioneers, or Scottish dancing.
160 Queen St. W.
Bata Shoe Museum
In a lovely building, this is a great place to explore the history of fashion, as shown through over 10,000 shoes. You’ll also get to see Elton John’s real shoes, and until January 13, a special exhibit includes John Lennon’s boots, Marilyn Monroe’s’ red stilettos, the running shoe worn by Terry Fox and Napoleon Bonaparte’s black silk socks!
327 Bloor St. W.
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is the eighth largest art museum in North America. The AGO features collections of European and Canadian modern and contemporary art. The gallery is also the venue for social and cultural gatherings for family activities, lectures, films, performances and exhibitions. Tour the Grange house, visit the Gallery Shop, dine at the Agora restaurant or the street level café. Free admission to our collection galleries every Wednesday from 6-8:30pm.
317 Dundas St. W.
Fort York National Historic Site
Fort York guarded Toronto between 1790 and the 1800’s, overlooking Lake Ontario. Today, this historic site hosts Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. It’s a must for the year that celebrates 200 years since that famous event. Open all year-round, the site offers tours, exhibits, period settings, and seasonal demonstrations such as how to make trifle and mince meat pies ahead of Christmas!
Fort York Frost Fair –
December 8 and 9, 10 am to 5 pm
Feel the excitement and charm of the festive season in Upper Canada some 200 years ago when the local Christmas Market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Wander through the historic buildings of Fort York where merchants in period dress will be selling quality goods inspired by the 18th and 19th century. Try your hand at one of the many activities scheduled throughout the day, including printing your own Frost Fair souvenir.
250 Fort York Blvd.
The Gardiner Museum
This is a must for ceramic lovers, showcasing the most beautiful china and ceramics, and some of the most interesting creations made from clay. The exhibitions are always changing and feature artists from all over the world. An added feature is the restaurant run by Jamie Kennedy. Check out clay classes for both kids and adults.
111 Queen’s Park Circle
Hockey Hall of Fame
If you’re missing Hockey Night in Canada, this is a good source for a hockey fix. Relive some of those hockey memories, even check out the official home of the Stanley Cup and all the other NHL trophies. Many interactive exhibits—you can even test your slap shot.
30 Yonge St.
Ontario Science Centre
This major science and technology museum features over 800 interactive exhibits covering themes such as communications, space, earth, food, environment, sports, technology, the human body and the information highway. School programs, demonstrations, planetarium shows, lectures and public programs are offered.
770 Don Mills Rd.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
There’s always something new to check out at the ROM for kids of all ages. Among its over 6 million display items, you can explore dinosaur bones and a new collection that shows actual dinosaur eggs and babies from fossils over 190 million years old. You can even arrange for a group sleep over (kids only!)
100 Queens Park
Canadian Automotive Museum
This transportation museum displays more than 60 cars dating from 1898 to 1981. Related items from the period include bicycles, motorcycles, gas pumps and memorabilia. Tours of the museum are self guided. Group rates available.
99 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa
Canadian Warplane,Heritage MuseumCanadian 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, as well as interactive workshops. Visitors can climb into the cockpit of a real WWII trainer or a real jet fighter.
9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope
Great War Flying Museum
This one of a kind collection features airplanes from five countries used in WW1 as well as uniforms, medals and much more. The volunteers working at the museum build, maintain and fly World War One replica fighter aircraft. The museum also has a display of precious artifacts to take you back to that time in history. The airplane hangar has crews on-site all year round on Tuesdays and Thursdays performing maintenance and repairs.
1 3691 McLaughlin Rd., Brampton
Halton County Radial Railway & Streetcar Museum
The Halton County Radial Railway (HCRR) is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars operating on two kilometers of scenic track. The HCRR is proud to be Ontario's first and largest electric railway museum.
13629 Guelph Line, Milton
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors 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, its peoples, their cultures and their history. Hands-on events for kids and families year-round.
10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg
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