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Toronto Museums

A dinosaur on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto | Photo credit: Carsten Kebler

From the largest to the atypical

Toronto, like every major city, has an abundance of large / boutique museums and galleries.

Visitors, who take the time to find out, may discover an interesting smaller museum or obscure exhibit that will be of interest. And in Toronto, there are many smaller, lesser known museums that often have boutique or specialty-type exhibits. No doubt you will visit the Royal Ontario Museum, but, Toronto features some other more ‘unusual’ museums to muse!

Of course, a visit to Toronto would be lacking without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, which is Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history. The ROM, as it is known locally, is located in the Bloor Yorkville area. You can spend hours viewing feature and special exhibits, and several permanent galleries of dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, Canada’s First Peoples, gems and minerals, and many other well thought-out exhibits.

Marriott Toronto Yorkville Hotel

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel

If you are visiting Toronto, you will want to be located in Yorkville – the soul of the city’s fashionable areas. The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville is located in the heart of downtown’s chic Yorkville District. Heighten your senses and prepare to be enlightened by our hotel’s exciting guest room renovations featuring 42-inch LCD TVs, large work spaces, ergonomic chairs, and much more. This upscale Toronto hotel welcomes guests with award-winning service, Marriott’s luxurious Revive Bedding Collection and convenient amenities. The hotel’s neighborhood is where you will find some of the city’s most sought-after attractions. Various (And creative) packages are available.

This is possibly one of the most intriguing museums you will ever visit! The Bata Shoe Museum, located in Toronto’s prestigious Yorkville area, opened in 1995. The museum was conceived by Mrs Sonja Bata, wife of shoe magnate Tomáš Bata. To say that Sonja Bata is partial to shoes would be an understatement. Since the 1940’s, Mrs. Bata has scoured the world for shoes of every description, from the most ordinary to the most extraordinary. As a result, her passion became a collection and then a museum! The museum’s collections have grown over the years and now number over 12,500 shoes and artifacts: far too many to be all on display at once. In addition to the permanent galleries (Which will amaze you), the museum often features themed exhibitions.

At the Gardiner Museum, visitors can get up close and personal with one of the world’s oldest forms of art and material culture – ceramics. The museum’s collection spans continents and time, providing a glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form. The museum is a winner of multiple architectural awards, and the museum features Toronto’s Best Gift Shop (Vogue), and a cafe by celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy.

Casa Loma, Toronto’s Majestic castle and also known as the “House on the Hill”, is the former estate of Canadian financier, Sir Henry Pellatt. The Edwardian Castle features 98 rooms, many decorated suites, towers, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel and stables. The Casa Loma Gardens, famous in Toronto and North American gardening circles, is open May-October. Casa Loma though is open year-round.

Black Creek Pioneer Village is a great place for families, where both parents and kids can step into Canada’s past and explore an authentically re-created 1860’s Ontario country village. There are more than 40 restored homes, trade shops, public and farm buildings, interpreters and artisans in period dress, special events, programs and demonstrations, country dining, unique shopping and village made crafts.

The Design Exchange is Canada’s national design museum. Housed in the original historic Toronto Stock Exchange building, visitors will find a selection from the permanent collection of post-modern Canadian industrial design on display along with exhibits ranging across all design disciplines.

You and can visit Fort York National Historic Site, the site of the 1813 Battle of York and the birthplace of modern Toronto. Fort York is home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings which now house exhibits and restored period room settings. This National Historic site is open year-round and offers seasonal guided tours, musket, drill and music demonstrations.

Hockey Hall of Fame | Photo credit: www.torontowide.com/Doug Brown

The Hockey Hall of Fame is the world’s one and only! Hockey enthusiasts can experience the game that defines Canada and a sport that has been adopted by over 80 countries. The HHoF is 60,000 square feet of hockey, hockey and more hockey and features the finest collection of hockey artefacts from around the world; state-of-the-art games that challenge shooting and goalkeeping skills; themed exhibits dedicated to the game’s greatest players, teams and achievements; an extensive array of multimedia stations; larger-than-life statues; a replica NHL dressing room; an unrivalled selection of hockey-related merchandise and memorabilia and NHL trophies including, of course, hands-on access to the Stanley Cup.

The MZTV Museum of Television seeks to protect, preserve and promote the Receiving Instruments of Television History. The museum boats of the world’s most comprehensive collection of North American Television Receivers for the formative fifty-year period from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Together with related original papers, discs, books, magazines, toys and other ephemera, the collection offers some 10,000 objects to view, study and reminisce over.

The Redpath Sugar Museum was established in 1979 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of what is today the oldest sugar refining company in Canada. This is really a ‘sweet’ place to visit. Many static displays depict the history of sugar, its origins and use in the ancient world, as well as the expansion of the sugar industry around the world. Exhibits include an overview of the modern sugar industry and the current production methods of sugar refining as they are currently practiced at the Toronto facility.

Toronto Police Museum Whether you have only a few minutes or an hour or two, and whether you are a police officer or a police officer wannabe, you can spend some time exploring this unique exhibit. Occupying 3,000 square feet in the atrium at Toronto Police Headquarters, the museum reflects the rich tradition and history of policing. Built entirely from private donations, the facility offers a vibrant blend of the new and old, with interesting interactive displays dedicated to expanding the community’s understanding of policing in Toronto.

The Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto

The Delta Chelsea Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto the Delta Chelsea Hotel is just minutes from the Theatre District, Toronto Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square. Featuring four restaurants and lounges, an adult-only fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, indoor pool, seasonal sundeck, Family Fun Zone including the Kid Centre, Teen Lounge and the 130-foot long Corkscrew – downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide.

The Delta Chelsea offers guests great rates and packages from Great Canadian Weekends to No tax and Your Stay, Your Way options.

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