Speciality Museums in Toronto

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Speciality Museums in Toronto

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  • baroom
    Mississauga, Canada2,180 contributions
    Back here at ROM on Tue, Dec 19, for another 3rd Tuesday Night Free event (4:30PM-8:30PM). We arrived before 5PM, Queen's Park museum entrance was locked (with a note to use main entrance) so had to go around the block to Bloor St W to get in. Futalognkosaurus area of the main lobby was quite busy. Apparently, we weren't the only ones who planned a free night at the museum. We headed straight to the elevators to get to level 3 where we had a quick look at the European period rooms and current life jacket art installation. Got a little lost when we couldn't locate some Asia exhibits we've seen last time. Encountered some closed off galleries so went back to the elevator lobby. Son volunteered to grab a map guide before we continued on. We then took a peek at Byzantium, Rome and Egypt galleries then segued to gender-neutral washrooms with multiple private stalls equipped with touchless toilet, faucet and hand dryer, still on level 3. From here, we found our way to the Rotunda where we posed for photos with the lovely mosaic dome as background. We headed to the newest permanent gallery on level 2, unveiled in Dec 2021, Dawn of Life, where we saw Fractofusus and a massive Dunkleosteus fish bronze cast. At the end of this gallery is a set of doors that open directly to where Gordo the Barosaurus is located. Of course, a visit to the Age of Dinosaurs gallery wouldn't be complete without a brief stop at the T-Rex. However, it got crowded here pretty fast so we left after a couple of obligatory photos. We only stayed an hour inside the museum so admittedly didn't see a lot. We plan to visit ROM again to explore those permanent galleries we haven't seen in years.
    Written January 12, 2024
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  • Tom M
    159 contributions
    If you're a hockey fan, this is a must!!! Well worth the price of admission!. The exhibits are impressive, and you relieve the history of hockey. To see the trophies,the Stanley Cup. Impressive!! A must! The interactive shooting simulators are awesome.
    Written January 14, 2024
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  • Laura B
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    Little Canada is a great time for all ages. Highly recommend! We enjoyed the miniatures and the moving cars and trains are magical.
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • TYsadventures
    Brooklyn, NY351 contributions
    I loved stepping into History. The Mesmerizing World of the Bata Shoe Museum was a captivating realm where fascination, intrigue, and a wealth of information await every visitor.

    From ancient footwear to contemporary styles, the museum provides a thought-provoking journey through the evolution of shoes across time.

    With three floors dedicated to the diverse world of footwear, the experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

    The Bata Shoe Museum takes you on a captivating journey, unraveling the stories woven into the soles of shoes from different eras.

    The exploration from historical footwear to modern trends serves as a source of provocative food for thought, offering a unique perspective on culture, fashion, and craftsmanship.

    I was immersed in a world of shoes, shoes, and more footwear across three floors of the museum.

    The sheer variety and artistry displayed make it a treasure trove for shoe enthusiasts and those intrigued by the evolution of fashion and style.

    My visit left me both amazed and curious, as the Bata Shoe Museum exceeded my expectations. The intriguing exhibits and the diverse array of shoes on display captured my imagination, making it a must-visit for anyone with a penchant for history and fashion.

    The Bata Shoe Museum prides itself on being accessible to all. With a fully roll-in automatic door entry and elevators, the museum ensures that everyone can partake in the fascinating journey through the history of footwear.

    What's even more delightful is the reasonable pricing, making this cultural gem accessible to a broad audience.

    What began as a visit turned into a prolonged exploration, as the captivating exhibits and immersive displays held my attention for much longer than I anticipated.

    The Bata Shoe Museum offers a rich experience that invites visitors to linger and absorb the fascinating narratives embedded in each pair of shoes.

    Conveniently located just two blocks from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Bata Shoe Museum complements Toronto's cultural landscape.

    Consider combining visits to both museums for a day filled with diverse perspectives on history, fashion, and human expression.

    The Bata Shoe Museum is a hidden gem that seamlessly weaves together history, art, and culture through the lens of footwear.

    From its accessible design to the rich narratives within, this museum promises an enriching experience that transcends expectations. Step into the Bata Shoe Museum, where every shoe tells a story waiting to be discovered.
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    Written January 6, 2024
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  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada701 contributions
    We visited this museum as we were visiting Toronto . Parking is $10 which you can pay as you pay entrance fees inside. It’s 15 dollars for a senior. The outside of the museum is oddly shaped and during spring, summer , and fall there are fountains and gardens in the front of it but unfortunately since it’s winter it was closed. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful..Now this museum introduces Islamic art throughout rare 1,200 objects assembled by its Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Saddrudin Aga Khan. What I enjoyed was seeing the different arts and objects collected throughout the years from different countries. The whole thing was very well explained which I appreciated. It took 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours to visit .
    Written February 2, 2024
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  • Elvina
    2 contributions
    Highly recommend to visit this museum to learn more about television. It has an exceptional collection of TV sets.
    Written April 20, 2022
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  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    Maryland818 contributions
    Small museum rich in stories, craftsmanship, and beauty. Special exhibit on commissioned masks (pandemic) highlighted artistic talents and creativity. Collection richi n ethnic context with explanatory videos. Gift shotp offers range of choices for every pocketbook.
    Written October 8, 2023
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  • Yeti1988
    Denver, CO99 contributions
    This museum has a lot of potential but it needs a little love. Some of the dioramas and displays are outdated, but the information provided is quite interesting. I feel like they need a larger location so they could expand more and provide more of the history and evolution of the department. Not a must go, but it's interesting if you're in the area.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • Bruno T.
    Toronto, Canada757 contributions
    Nice place to stop by if you are walking through the area, but that is pretty much it. You have the CN Tower and other attractions around it, so if you are going to one of those and want to check this one out, it is worth a quick stop.
    Written June 10, 2023
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  • Jet40170790243
    Toronto, Canada3 contributions
    Lovely big room which totally lent itself to a big family party! Huge fireplace, fantastic professional kitchen.
    Written December 15, 2023
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  • Andrés Blanco
    Carteret, NJ675 contributions
    Right in front of the CN Tower, this park features the John Street Roundhouse, a preserved locomotive roundhouse that is home to the Toronto Railway Museum, Steam Whistle Brewing, and the restaurant and entertainment complex The Rec Room. The park is also home to a collection of trains, the former Canadian Pacific Railway Don Station, and the Roundhouse Park Miniature Railway. It's a nice spot for pictures and a good place to just relax around downtown Toronto.
    Written February 22, 2023
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  • Sarahellen M
    Bedford, UK126 contributions
    Old Town Toronto, so spacious to walk along this pier. Inside is the market but it was closed on the day we went. It is good to go with a loca they know all the ins and oouts of their town. Worth going
    Written July 25, 2017
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,694 contributions
    I visited the Railway Museum on Toronto when I last visited the area in 2018. It was nice to return 5 years later and check out the locomotives and other displays they have.

    I love that the museum is on the site of the former roundhouse. It's very much in keeping with the area and it is good to see the engines lined up around the turntable.

    If you are a fan of railways and history then this is a great place to visit if you are in the area.
    Written November 14, 2023
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  • Barbara E
    Toronto, Canada174 contributions
    Gallery Arcturus

    Is both a gallery and a museum in Toronto. And what a great find! I wandered in, thinking it would be another small but well run gallery and discovered that it was both larger than I anticipated, with several rooms of works, but also older. In fact it was founded in 1994 as a non-profit museum. Originally on Parliament Street in rental space, the organization bought the building at 80 Gerrard in 1997. Their description of the current shows is dead on: “A surprising and beautiful disarray of found objects and sculptures by artists Sae Kimura and deborah harris responding seriously and whimsically to the present”. Totally worth seeing. You can see more about them on both their Wikipedia entry and their website. For more on Toronto please go to my Tumbler blog: greenshoesandjam (TripAdvisor does not allow external links in the comment section)
    Written September 28, 2018
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  • b0b55russell
    Orillia, Canada1,262 contributions
    The last week or so the media has not been kind to the sugar industry as it alleges that they manipulated people in believing that sugar was good for your diet. This industry blamed other food and not sugar to cause weight problems, etc. The museum is right in front of the manufacturing plant and you can't miss it from the street. Parking is terrible in the area. Open to the public and appears popular for school tours. This plant has been here for years and Redpath is a popular name brand within Canada. Despite being here for years the water front has changed over the years with condos, harbour front, etc. Many industries are stopping factory tours but this place is still going strong. Not one of your more popular museum but manage to stay open because of limited public demand.
    Written September 16, 2016
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