Good news, history buffs! The City of Toronto has made general admission permanently free at 10 history museums and sites, to ensure that everyone can enjoy and participate in the city’s cultural heritage.

This May is the first official Museum Month in Toronto, and the City is doing ongoing work to “dismantle museums’ ongoing colonial legacies,” and highlighting stories that “advance reconciliation, anti-racism and anti-oppression.”

According to the City, officials are “rethinking historical interpretations and highlighting histories that are lesser discussed such as the deep Indigenous connection to the land and the lives of the staff whose hard work in these historic sites allowed their wealthy employers to maintain a lavish lifestyle.”

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The following museums and historical sites around Toronto are now free to visit for everyone:

  • Colborne Lodge
  • Fort York National Historic Site
  • Gibson House Museum
  • Mackenzie House
  • Market Gallery
  • Montgomery’s Inn
  • Scarborough Museum
  • Spadina Museum
  • Todmorden Mills
  • Zion Schoolhouse

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has also recently announced that it’s bringing back free admission on the third Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each month. The three-hour window lets you access all of the museum’s galleries and special exhibits at no cost.

 

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The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) also has free general admission nights every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which must be booked online in advance every Monday. Plus, the gallery also provides free, unlimited admission to all visitors 25 years old and under.

Now that May is officially Museum Month, this is the perfect time to go on a Toronto museum crawl.