The City of Toronto Historic Museums Victoria Day weekend events|
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The City of Toronto Culture Division is pleased to present several events celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday at the City of Toronto’s Historic Museums. These activities provide enriching entertainment for all ages while reminding residents of Toronto’s exciting history.
Historic Fort York - 100 Garrison Rd., 416-392-6907
Monday to Friday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Regular Admission: Adults: $6; Seniors & Youths: $3.25; Children: $3 - Free parking
“Fort York Neighbourhood” - A Walking Tour
Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m.
Learn about the neighbourhood of Historic Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto. Admission is free and includes entry to the fort. No registration required.
“Victoria Day Fun!”
Monday, May 22 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Victoria Day with a visit to the birthplace of urban Toronto. Enjoy tours, kids’ drill, baking in the kitchen, fife and drum music, and more. Regular admission applies.
Gibson House - 5172 Yonge St., 416-395-7432
Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays - Noon to 5 p.m.
Regular admission: Adults: $3.75, Seniors and Youth: $2.25; Children: $1.75 - Limited free parking.
“Queen Victoria’s Birthday”
Monday, May 22 - Noon to 5 p.m.
Spend the holiday at the home of one of Willowdale’s founding families. Sweet treats to taste in the historic kitchen, old-fashioned toys to try in the parlour and lots of hands-on activities in the Discovery Gallery. Regular admission applies.
“Baby Boots and Christening Gowns: Echoes of Childhood” - An Exhibition
Until December 31: Tuesday to Sunday - Noon to 5 p.m.
A doll that belonged to a young rheumatic fever victim and a pair of Victorian baby boots, whose original owner is unknown, are two of the childhood artefacts featured in “Baby Boots and Christening Gowns.” The exhibition explores the importance of memory and story in museum collections and asks the visitor to consider the artefacts of their own childhood through questions such as “What would you include in the museum of your childhood?” Included with the cost of admission.
Montgomery’s Inn - 4709 Dundas St. W., 416-394-8113
Tuesday to Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays, except Victoria Day and Canada Day.
Regular Admission: Adults: $4; Seniors and Students: $2; Children: $1; (Family Pass: $10) - Free parking.
“Victoria Day Tea”
Monday, May 22 - 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate the birth of Queen Victoria with a special afternoon tea at the Inn featuring a historical menu. Admission is $6.
10th annual “CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival”
Until August 27: Tuesday to Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m. (closed Mondays)
The historic Inn takes part in the city-wide CONTACT Toronto photography festival for the third consecutive year, showing the work of Reg Foster. His black and white images of Toronto in 1950s and 60s have never before been shown in a public exhibition. Admission is free.
Scarborough Historical Museum - 1007 Brimley Rd., just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park, 416-338-8807
Until May 22: Monday to Friday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; After May 23: Wednesday to Sunday - Noon to 4 p.m.
“Victorian Cream Tea”
Sunday, May 21 - Noon to 5 p.m. (closed Victoria Day, Monday, May 22)
Enjoy a cup of traditional English tea and scones with Devon Cream while discovering secret facts about Queen Victoria. Admission is “Pay What You Can.” Cream tea is $3 each person.
Spadina Museum: Historical House & Gardens - 285 Spadina Rd., next door to Casa Loma, 416-392-6910
Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays: Noon to 5 p.m.
Regular Admission: Adults: $6; Seniors and Youth: $5; Children (6 to 12 yrs.): $4 - Paid parking at Casa Loma
WARdrobe: “Women, Fashion and World War II”
Tuesday to Sunday and Victoria Day, Monday, May 22 - Noon to 5 p.m.
After your guided tour, enjoy the exhibition. From a uniform belonging to a nurse who signed up in Saskatoon on the same day Canada declared war on Germany, to a post-war maternity dress worn by a mother of the baby boom generation, WARdrobe illustrates the effects of war on women’s lives on the home front and in service, as well as during post-war recovery and prosperity. Included with the cost of regular admission.
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