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May 9, 2003
Celebrate Victoria Day at Toronto's Historic Museums
Culture -- Victoria Day has long been considered the first long weekend of the
summer in Canada. During this year's Victoria Day - Monday, May 19 - Toronto
residents and visitors can learn about life in Toronto before and during
Victorian times.

All events listed take place on Monday, May 19, unless otherwise indicated.
Regular admission rates apply, unless otherwise noted.

· Enjoy a cup of traditional English tea and scrumptious scones with decadent
devon cream at Scarborough Historical Museum's Victorian Cream Tea. Discover
little known facts about Queen Victoria. There will be games, toys, lore and
more from the period. It takes place Sunday, May 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is
$3 for tea and scone. Admission is pay-as-you-can. Phone: 416-338-8807

· From noon to 5 p.m., it's Queen Victoria's Birthday at Gibson House. Guests
can drop in at the home of one of Willow Dale's founding families, the Gibsons.
There will be sweet treats to taste in the historic kitchen, old-fashioned toys
to play with and lots of hands-on activities in the Discovery Gallery. Phone:

· Discover an important chapter in Toronto's history at Historic Fort York from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy special activities for families including tours and
hearth cooking in the historic kitchen. Phone: 416-392-6907

· The 29th Annual Victoria Day Festival at Montgomery's Inn takes place from 1
to 5 p.m. Guests can celebrate the birth of Queen Victoria with an afternoon of
fun at the Inn. Garden aficionados will be particularly interested in our
organic gardening clinics. Also taking place throughout the afternoon are
Victorian Dance workshops and demonstrations with historical dance specialist
Cathy Stevens. Don't miss the visit from Queen Victoria. While you're there, be
sure to treat yourself royally and enjoy the special historical menu in the Tea
Room. Phone: 416-394-8113

The City of Toronto's Culture Division, Museums and Heritage Services, operates
11 historic museums offering public, education and special event programming.
These activities provide enriching and entertaining experiences for all ages by
drawing meaningful connections between Toronto's past and the present.

For details on museum locations or any other information related to these
events please call: 416-338-3888 or visit:

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