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May 18, 2005
City of Toronto Historic Museums celebrate Victoria Day weekend with family events
The City of Toronto, Culture Division, is pleased to present several events
this Victoria Day weekend at 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.
Hours: 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 and youths $3.25, children $3. Free
parking is available., 416-392-6907

The Garrison Common and Niagara Neighbourhood – A Walking Tour
Sunday, May 22 – 2 to 3 p.m.
Learn about this unique and fascinating neighbourhood just north 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 23 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of urban
Toronto? Enjoy tours, kids’ drill, baking in the kitchen, fife and drum music
and more!
Regular admission applies: adults $6, seniors and youths $3.25, children $3,
children five years and under are free.

Gibson House
5172 Yonge St.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays: noon to 5 p.m.
Regular admission: adults $3.75, seniors and youths $2.25, children $1.75.
Limited free parking available., 416-395-7432

Queen Victoria’s Birthday
Monday, May 23 – noon to 5 p.m.
Spend the holiday at the home of one of Willow Dale’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. General

Montgomery’s Inn
4709 Dundas St. W.
Hours: 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 is available., 416-394-8113

Victoria Day Tea
Monday, May 23 – 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate the birth of Queen Victoria with a special Victorian afternoon tea at
the Montgomery Inn. This year’s menu features dainty sandwiches and sweet
delights, such as macaroons, lemon biscuits, and plum cake. Admission: $6 per
person, Friends of Etobicoke's Heritage $5.

CONTACT Photo Art Exhibition
Until August 29 – 1 to 4:30 p.m. daily
As part of the city-wide photography festival CONTACT, Montgomery’s Inn will
display the photographs of artists in the Etobicoke Camera Club. Admission is

Scarborough Historical Museum
1007 Brimley Rd., just north of Lawrence Avenue in Thomson Memorial Park
Hours until May 22: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; from May 23: Wednesday
to Sunday noon to 4 p.m.,

Victorian Cream Tea
Sunday, May 22 – noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a cup of traditional English tea and scrumptious scones with Devon Cream
while discovering interesting facts about Queen Victoria! Enjoy fiddling and
harmonica tunes while you eat. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Cream Tea is $3
per person.

Spadina Museum: Historical House & Gardens
285 Spadina Rd., next door to Casa Loma
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Monday noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission:
adults $6, seniors and youths $5, children (six to 12 yrs.) $4. Paid parking is
available at Casa Loma., 416-392-6910

Wish You Were Here: A City & Its Souvenirs (An exhibition)
Now held over until March 2006 – Tuesday to Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Wish You Were Here features souvenirs of Toronto from the City’s own extensive
collections. Through these souvenirs the exhibition examines the ways in which
people choose to remember their experiences and the city itself. This
exhibition is a project of the University of Toronto Museum Studies program,
hosted by Toronto Culture.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
Bottom of Pottery Road, east of Bayview Avenue, west of Broadview Avenue
Hours: Wednesday to Friday noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5
Regular admission: adults $3.50, adults 60 plus and students $2.25, children
(six to 12 yrs.) $1.50, children (five and under) are free. Free parking is

Exhibits in the Papermill
Metamorphosis Festival Workman Theatre Project & The Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health: From Myth to Muse
Wednesday, May 18 to Sunday, May 29
In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Toronto
Culture, the Workman Theatre Project, an arts company that includes artists who
receive mental health and addiction service, has commissioned nine large
paintings inspired by stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Admission is free.

The Market Gallery
95 Front St. E., South St. Lawrence Market, 2nd Floor
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 416-392-7604

The Textures of a Lost Toronto: John Howard's Documentary Art and Drawings
1830s – 1880s (An exhibition)
Until Sunday, June 5
Over the long weekend discover a “lost Toronto” as witnessed by the city’s
first surveyor, noted architect, engineer and artist John George Howard. This
groundbreaking exhibition illustrates vividly a Toronto of the past through a
collection of original art and artifacts. This is the first time these
important works illustrating the development of Toronto have been mounted
together. Visitors will journey into the city's pre-industrial past – from the
depths of Toronto's 19th-century sewers to the elegance of its grand public
buildings. Howard built much of early Toronto, although today little of his
work survives. A notable exception is his lovely home, Colborne Lodge in High
Park, now a City of Toronto Historic Museum. Admission to the Market Gallery
exhibition is free.

Media contact:

Kim Corby
Museums & Heritage Services



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