While Away an Afternoon at the Best Museums in Toronto

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, people wrote letters. They also painted, sculpted, and created examples of the world around them with their hands. Their fingers were not cramped by days spent typing and texting. They were free to be creative.

Luckily, we can revisit the magical days of yore by going to a museum. Toronto is rich with top quality museums which are dedicated to keeping you historically aware, without boring you to tears (as your history teacher may have). It is fascinating how artifacts and art survive people. Having tangible examples of handiwork can help us to realize that even in the busiest of cities, everything is still connected.

You must make a stop at the Royal Ontario Museum, which is resplendent in relics of bygone eras underneath the dome of breathtaking architecture. Visit the dinosaurs or gape at gems which will far outweigh your friends' stunning engagement rings. Or brush up on your art history at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which has a magnificent collection, including such famous works as Portrait of A Seated Woman With A Handkerchief by Carel Fabritius. It was a work long attributed to Rembrandt, but turns out there were other phenomenal painters of the same era.

We could all use a little disconnection from our devices. In fact, it may be the trick to living "happily ever ever."

Museum for Textiles
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Everyone has someone in their life who loves to knit. If you have ever tried to do it yourself, you know that even though it is repetitive, it certainly isn't easy. The Museum of Textiles is the only museum in the world dedicated to textiles...  Read More

Spadina House is an upper-class historic home, built by businessman James Austin in 1866. An ideal place to visit in the summer, the six-acre grounds have Victorian and Edwardian gardens. From chestnut trees to forget-me-nots, it is an...  Read More

Bata Shoe Museum
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If you loved the story of the old woman who lived in her shoe, visiting the Bata Shoe Museum is a must. Housed in Richard Moriyama's award-winning, five-story building, this museum is North America's largest shoe museum. The collection boasts...  Read More

Visiting the Ontario Science Centre is a great way to connect with your inner Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Even kids who don't seem keen on science will be enthralled by over 800 interactive exhibits. This museum of science is designed to spark...  Read More

Think about the last time you moved. Most likely, some of your pottery or ceramics made the trip with a new crack. Somehow, delicate art has been maintained through hundreds of years in the Gardiner Museum. Collected by George and Helen Gardiner...  Read More

Admittedly, this museum is not directly in Toronto, but rather the village of Kleinburg. Here is what justifies the drive 40 minutes north of Toronto: it is situated in a beautiful woodland setting that will rival any outdoors oriented photo. It...  Read More

The Design Exchange
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If you find a trip to a furniture store exciting (and we're not talking about Ikea), you absolutely must visit the Design Exchange. However, it is not only furniture that lies inside the walls of this charitable institution that commits itself...  Read More

A hall of fame as much as a museum, The Hockey Hall of Fame is a must for any lover of hockey (or lover of Canada, for that matter). There is nothing quite as cool for a player as being "hall called" and the 400 inducted members are a thrill to...  Read More

The Art Gallery of Ontario, with its high ceilings, light spaces and spiral staircases would be enough art even without the paintings on the walls. However, the art is indeed amazing, from the exhibitions to the galleries. The Group of Seven are...  Read More

Royal Ontario Museum

You may be thinking: once you have seen one dinosaur, you have seen them all. Think again: The Royal Ontario Museum is not to be missed. You also literally cannot miss it. The main entrance reopened in 2007; a stunning piece of architecture...  Read More


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Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney