Top 7 Art Galleries and Museums in Toronto
The art scene is alive and well in Toronto which means there are plenty of galleries to go see. Maybe you’re an artist or you just have a strong appreciation for it but you want to inspire your children to love it as much as you do. Bring them to any of the galleries or museums on this list and watch as they begin to understand the importance of art and love it as much as you. They may even decide to become mini artists themselves.
7. Gallery 44: The Centre For Contemporary Photography
The Centre for Contemporary Photography is an artist run gallery which celebrates every element of photography and other lens based media. Gallery 44 aims to exhibit work that demonstrates where they believe photography is headed and to showcase the ever growing importance of images in our world. Gallery 44 aims to educate the public and inspire a passion for photography. Gallery 44 is a great gallery to check out to see how photographers in the field feel about photography and how it’s changing.
6. Ryerson Image Centre
Through Ryerson University, this image centre is home to the Black Star photo collection and several other artists’ archives. The Ryerson Image Centre is completely free as it aims to research and inspire the love of photography and other media. The image centre was created to give researchers and Ryerson students the opportunity to look at international photography up close and examine it. This gallery is a good one to explore different types of photography and to learn more about the research behind art collection and archives.
5. The Textile Museum
An art not typically explored, the Textile Museum explores Canada’s history and culture through over 13,000 artifacts. The museum looks at the importance of cloth throughout history and how it affected various groups of people. This is done through displaying textiles as well as the machines they were made with. This can be important for art education not only because of the history it depicts but looks at alternative ways to create art and tell stories.
4. The Power Plant
The Power Plant is named based on its previous occupation as a power plant for the city, It has since been transformed into Toronto’s leading public art gallery. The gallery focuses on contemporary art by living artists made from Canada and around the world. It consistently features several exhibitions at once that cover a variety of mediums. If you want to see a beautiful historic building and check out art from around the world, this is the gallery for you.
3. Museum of Contemporary Art
Rebranding from the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, the MOCA has changed its name and location. They officially reopened on May 26, 2018 so if you’re looking for something new to explore, MOCA would be a great place for that. They showcase up and coming Canadian artists so if you’re looking for inspiration or see where the future of the art world is headed, be sure to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art.
2. McMichael Collection
Located just outside of Toronto in Kleinburg, this Canadian focused gallery has a lot to offer in terms of Canadian and Indigenous art history education. There are over 6500 pieces of work in their collection, with a strong focus on paintings and sculptures. The McMichael Collection also features 100 acres of woodland, perfect for hiking and relaxation. Be sure to check out Tom Thomson’s Shack behind the museum to see where several Canadian art legends studied their craft and see the Canadian sculpture garden. The McMichael also offers Saturday morning art programs for kids and hosts workshops and other activities throughout the year to get people talking about art.
1. Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario or the AGO is one of the largest art museums in North America. And the building itself is an artistic masterpiece This is reflected in its archives and collections which span over 95,000 pieces of work. AGO has something for every art appreciator with work from almost every era including the Group of Seven, famed photographer Diane Arbus, and a central and western African art collection. The AGO also hosts plenty of family friendly programming including the opportunity to do crafts and activities at the Hands On Centre and the chance to catch the art cart in one of the sections of the museum for on the go crafting. For a more photography and print specific collection, check out the work on display in the Marvin GelberPrint and Drawing Studio, which is only open on Wednesdays.