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Showcasing Canadian design since 1945, the Design Exchange also rotates exhibits of contemporary design in the fields of graphics, fashion, architecture and industrial design. Tours are available.
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The collection at this museum is extensive: various medals and badges presented to Canadians and other military memorabilia and artifacts donated by R.C.M.I. members. The institute's library has one of the best collections of military books available in North America. The institution's main function is as a club with overnight accommodations and restaurants.
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This museum showcases textiles from all over the world. An extensive collection of historically significant fabrics and textile work is on display, as well as documentation on the history of textiles. From Turkish rugs to Chinese hats, the collection is of great interest to anyone.
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This museum is located in what was once a very important mill site on the River Don. There are two restored mid-19th Century houses, where the collection of industrial and early settlement archives are displayed. The adjacent park is set on ten hectares and has trails along the river.
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This post office was built and opened in 1833. It still serves as a post office, a philatelic store, and as a living museum. Displays of early North American postal history with equipment and letter envelopes are featured. Frequent workshops are held.
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The ROM, located at the corner of Bloor St and Queen's Park Ave, is Canada's largest museum. Its exhibits and galleries explore the visual arts, archaeology, the life sciences and natural history. Admission price ranges from $15 (children) to $22 (adults). Prices are subject to change. The main building is open from 10am - 6pm Mon to Thurs, Sat; Friday 10am - 9:30pm; 11am-6pm on Sun. The museum is closed Dec. 25 & Jan 1.
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A remarkable museum devoted to the history of footwear from ancient times to the present day. Includes samples of footwear that belonged to Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill and Terry Fox.
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A museum dedicated to the history of television in North America. TVs from 1928 to 1985 are on display, plus assorted memorabilia including TV accessories such as remotes and indoor antennas, TV guides and magazines.
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This historical regiment has played a very important role in Canada's military history. The regiment took part in the Fenian Raids and the Boer War as well as more recent conflicts. The museum has memorabilia, uniforms and artifacts dating back to 1860 when the regiment was founded.
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The Toronto Aerospace Museum, located at the former Canadian Forces Base Downsview, Ontario, opened its doors to visitors in early 2000. The TAM's collection is dedicated to aircraft that have a strong connection to Canada. In the fall of 2000, the TAM recovered Avro Lancaster X, FM104 from a plinth on the Toronto waterfront, where it had been mounted as a war memorial in 1964. The museum will commence restoration of FM104 in early 2001.
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View a collection of 19th and 20th Century Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian artistry. There is a particular emphasis on the work of Taras H. Shevchenko. The story of Ukrainian emigration to Canada is also covered, as are Ukrainian decorative arts.
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This museum has an extensive collection of ceramic art from Europe and the Americas, including pre-Columbian work and European work from the middle ages.
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This museum serves as a tribute to the Toronto Police Service. Conventional and interactive displays focus on the history of the service, and on some of the more notorious cases the force has investigated. An excellent collection of uniforms, vehicles and equipment is exhibited.
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An interesting collection of Judaic artifacts may be viewed at the Silverman Heritage Museum, including Torah crowns and pointers, menorahs and prayer books. There are also temporary displays focusing on particular Jewish holidays, Jewish art, and the history of the Jewish Community in Toronto.
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This museum is the Toronto Jewish community’s memorial to the six million victims of the Holocaust. Memorabilia and pictures from this very dark period in human history are displayed. On a more positive note the life of survivors in post war Canada and Israel is also highlighted, and their triumph over inconceivable brutality provides inspiration to the museum's visitors. The museum has guided tours and lectures, and special programs for students where it is possible to meet survivors.
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The Hockey Hall of Fame is an exciting place for both hockey fanatics and for those who've never seen a game. Although jerseys, sticks, and other memorabilia may adorn the walls, many of the interactive exhibits are designed with entertainment-value in mind. When not traveling with the winning team, the Stanley Cup can be found at this site.
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This museum is housed in four different Victorian buildings. The museum showcases the years that Scarborough was a rural community. Various events and workshops take place throughout the year. The museum is next to Thompson Park, which has all the facilities of a good urban park.
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This museum focuses on the history and the production of sugar, and the areas where it is refined. Information on sugar from a chemical and nutritional perspective is also highlighted. The original Redpath Refinery was founded in Montréal in 1854. Tours are available.
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This is a working historical farm, based on Ontario farms from the 1860s through until the 1920s. The farm includes rare breeds of livestock that were more commonplace during this time. Many different programs are held including crafts of the time such as weaving, quilting, pottery and spinning. Demonstrations such as cream and butter making, sheep shearing and gardening are also provided.
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Located in the old Etobicoke district of Toronto, this is a very unique type of museum. The atmosphere of the 1830s inn is faithful to the time period of the original innkeeper Thomas Montgomery. Exhibits, tours and tea can all be enjoyed. Special events are regularly scheduled.
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This museum focuses on the Salvation Army - from its beginnings helping the poor of 19th Century England to its role in helping so many in Canadian society. Of special interest is the story of the assistance given by the Salvation Army to the victims of the Empress of Ireland sinking - a ship disaster with a death toll greater than that of the Titanic.
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This museum focuses on Jewish heritage and culture. It particularly emphasizes Jewish ritual at home and in the synagogue. The museum has over 1000 artifacts including artwork and ceremonial items.
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Arthur Conan Doyle is considered a literary giant due to his fictional accounts of the detective Sherlock Holmes. However, his works spanned several genres, including true crime, current events, spiritual writings and history. This special collection displays many of Doyle’s works, including first editions, recent publications, translations and secondary materials based on Sherlock Holmes stories. The small room itself sets a certain ambiance for the collection, as it typifies a private library of the author’s day. Visits can be made from 2-4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays or by appointment.
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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 cafe.
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This museum is located in the beautiful Romanesque style St. Andrews Church. It exhibits artifacts from this regiment from 1891 when it was formed, to the present day. The artifacts displayed include uniforms, weapons and equipment. Tours are available. Check locally for museum opening hours.
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Welcome to A Nerd’s World, the one-of-a-kind walk-in boutique for web development, graphic design, photography and camera museum located at 986 Bathurst Street, just north of Bloor in Toronto. From their distinguished dress code of plaid shirts, bow ties, thick-framed glasses, and the store’s monochromatic design, visitors instantly notice their appreciation for cameras and photography. They’re the only walk-in camera museum in Toronto where a Nerd greets you at the door with a smile. The current collection dates back to 1859, and includes over 450 different vintage cameras.
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Introductory tours are available to show you how to take advantage of the research facilities here. The archives maintains and makes available many records of the province, both government and private. There are photographs, manuscripts, maps, plans and printed materials of interest to anyone who is keen on history or who needs research concerning Ontario.
BulletSpadina Historic House and Gardens
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James Austin built this home in 1866. The house is particularly well known for its historic gardens, including a Rose Garden, the Beehive Gateway, and an English-style garden. The Edwardian Kitchen features cooking demonstrations. Inside the home are many original furnishings.
BulletThe Pier: Toronto's Waterfront Museum
This restored warehouse from the 1930s features the history of Toronto Harbour. There are various interactive exhibits and displays, and some historic artifacts. Visitors can observe the building of wooden boats in the traditional way.
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