History Museums in Toronto

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History Museums in Toronto

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  • mikez_nj
    Washington DC, DC48 contributions
    Interesting, fun museum. I'm a bit of a sneakerhead, so this was the type of quirky museum that appealed to me (though it is decidedly NOT a sneaker museum). Only knock on it (hence the 4 stars vs 5) is that it's not that big! I was expecting to spend at least an hour or two going through everything, but we were done in about 45 min.

    It is a great deal, though, if you're going with a family. The family package was incredibly affordable, especially compared to the other attractions Toronto has to offer.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Charlotte C
    Toronto, Canada33 contributions
    My husband and I have been saying for a while we wanted to visit so we deiced to go for our wedding anniversary this year.
    From the moment I booked the ticket to when we left every one was extremely helpful. I booked the tickets online but accidentally wrote the wrong email address I emailed Black Creek and got a reply with my tickets attached. Once we got the village every one we spoke to was extremely helpful and informative. Everyone told us information about the part of the village we were in.
    We were both surprised about the size of the village, we thought it was smaller. We had a wonderful few hours walking around and speaking to people who work there. Lovely way to spend our anniversary. Thank you
    Written August 21, 2022
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  • Stormflora
    Toronto, Canada22 contributions
    Wonderful mansion to go in for a tour as a supplementary attraction after finishing with the Casa Loma. And best of all, it’s free!

    It’s unfortunate that there is no self-guided touring allowed, and the guided tour only lasts about an hour at most. That is where I have to take one star off.

    I recommend visiting earlier so that there aren’t too many people crowding in.
    Written July 10, 2022
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  • Jack H
    1 contribution
    Excellent exhibits finely curated though aimed at adults there are programs developed for other segments. Shop has been dumbed down. One of the few institutions to focus on process as well as outcome/works. Like McCord small footprint impressive experience.
    Written September 23, 2021
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  • IOSHAf
    5 contributions
    I visited Mackenzie House to join its (ghost) storytelling activity and for some history-packed fun on a winter day. This is the last home of Toronto's first mayor, for many, is the city's most haunted house. Sitting in a dimly lit room built in 1830, with only candle lights, sipping apple cider and munching cheese shortbread, I got this unique chance to listen to ghost stories written in 1863. Also tried the Washington Press, one of the oldest printing presses in Canada, to print a lovely new year card for myself. 😚
    Written February 16, 2020
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  • Coulter M
    toronto, ontario35 contributions
    We went to the Winterlicious supper at Gibson House. It was a roast beef dinner prepared over the open fire in the kitchen.

    Sheena did a wonderful job of dividing jobs up so everyone was involved in preparation of the meal and each dish was properly cooked and ready at the correct time, all the while giving a full commentary on the Gibson family and life in 1851. After preparing the meal we all sat down to eat it by candle light in the dining room.

    They don't do these meals too often so if you get the chance to attend one I highly recommend it.
    Written February 10, 2020
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  • Sachin K
    New York City, NY5,842 contributions
    As the name suggests, it is Toronto’s First Post Office and is functional even today. It is located in the historic St. Lawrence district. It has a museum inside which is worth visiting. Certainly would very highly recommend the same to any traveler.
    Written November 7, 2019
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  • Rose Marie S
    2 contributions
    I GOT A CHANCE TO visit it with my wife. about 3 years ago . This time it was nice not to be a tenant been in and out several times last time it was six plus months .
    Glad I grew up ok .
    Written October 24, 2020
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  • Nkem O
    Bexleyheath, UK70 contributions
    This was a lovely little museum, and my experience was greatly enriched by the personalised tour guide. The history over the years is amazing. Unfortunately there wasn’t much furniture at the time I visited, but it is a nice place to spend about an hour or so.
    Written September 25, 2021
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  • Lisa A
    Toronto, Canada13 contributions
    The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. If you love history this museum let you go back in time and see what family life was like.

    There is also next to the museum a great park for the kids and family to spend the day.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • violetadim
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    High Park, in the very center of the city, is an oasis where many are gathered citizens in the winter and summer. For everybody at a glance at all times of the year: sports grounds, zoo garden, skating rink, swimming pools, long walkways, children's castle, indoor parts for smooth running of dogs. The peace, thanks to the unspoilt nature, the hilly terrain, the river, and the lake sprinkled with space, can be felt on a concrete or earthy path.

    This park is a rare endowment of a fellow architect and artist of art and nature, John Howard. On the plane, the highest point of this park, is the beautiful, simple and picturesque weekend of John and Jamie Hallard built in 1837 - its name is Colborne Lodge. John Howard was one of the first architects in Toronto, as well as a city engineer and geometer. The house itself is famous for its three chimneys, an unusual architecture, a very functional solution to life in it, as well as an interior that besides artistic values ​​also has innovative - small home appliances for the kitchen. All designed, innovated and handled by Howard is done.
    The house is designed to have three levels. The entry level, the anteroom from which it enters the living room, then the study room, the sewing room, the dining room, the grocery stores and then the three rooms with wardrobe, tools and painting material. The position of the living room is set up to look at Lake Ontario and exit the large veranda. The stairs are descending into the kitchen, which was deliberately built lower than the ground level, because with this inclination, rainwater was collected and water from the lake could be used for drinking, bathing, as well as for the toilet. Otherwise, it was also the first toilet and bathroom in the house in Toronto.
    The house museum is open for visits and on holiday days it is equipped with dishes, food, or decorations depending on the time of the year and holidays. Very nice and magical looks like December, decorated fir, wooden toys and the smell of hot apple juice with cinnamon, which is served with holiday cakes to visitors. If you missed Christmas, come for Easter, but do not miss to smell the atmosphere of this beautiful museum.
    Written December 12, 2018
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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,726 contributions
    Our primary reason for going was the 37th annual water colour exhibition in the Todmorden Paper Mill building. We knew that two works by a friend, Martin Myers, were part of the show, which was the primary motivation for going. However, we were impressed by the generally very high quality of all of the works on display. The site as a whole is very attractive, though the constant din from traffic on the nearby DVP is off-putting.
    Written November 7, 2021
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  • 00Bruce00
    Manhattan Beach, CA177 contributions
    The 48th Highlanders originated in Toronto in 1891; this is their regimental museum and it is exceptional. You do not need to know anything about them in order to visit and appreciate what's here. The exhibits trace their history from the beginning to present-day, not only with pictures on the walls but with numerous well-documented display cases containing regimental uniforms, equipment, artifacts, documents, etc (see my photos for a few examples), and with many other special items. The docents are actual veterans of the 48th Highlanders, and will answer any questions you might have. To find it you must first find St. Andrews Church, King Street entrance, then look for the sign at the top of the stairs to the basement.
    Written August 27, 2019
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  • ImaMY
    San Francisco, CA1,438 contributions
    I visit Holocaust museums and monuments everywhere I go. The new thing for me was that there is a map of not only concentration camps, but also murder sites in Europe. This is where I learned that my small town was a cite of mass murders.

    If you are in a car, the parking is in the back, so call ahead to ask how to get there. There is some construction going on, don't know for how long.
    Written September 12, 2018
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  • perkmember7
    Clinton Township, MI20 contributions
    Visited the archives in search of genealogy history. There is a wealth of information, however, if your time is limited (ie. 1 or 2 days) you may have a difficult time. of the entire stall working there, only 3 were willing to help in our search. The rest just pointed out what you had to do vs actually walking you thru each step. If you go and need help, look for the younger age group for help. The older staff members seem like they would rather sit at their computer rather then help you. Not sure what they are there for then. There were maybe 3 people visiting the archives while I was there for 3 days.
    Written May 2, 2016
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