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Awakenings

Through the lens of young people, It’s Been a While addresses the lack of representation in the stories of Toronto’s history and focuses on stories that may have been hidden. It challenges the narratives we are told, and questions who gets to be heard and listened to.

Experience Toronto’s many stories through the Awakenings program, a series of art projects created within Toronto History Museums by Black, Indigenous and artists of colour, operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, and anti-racism.

Explore an unseen view. Awaken a new perspective. Join the conversation. Learn more below and view the full Awakenings program on YouTube.

Share Your Feedback on Indigenous Peoples Month

June is Indigenous Peoples Month with Toronto History Museums. How would you want to celebrate? Fill out a short survey to help shape future programming. The survey closes on December 14.

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Past, Present & Future

Meet us at the intersection of countless viewpoints of the city’s past, present and future.

Two kids with facemasks looking sideways at something

It’s Been a While

Light projections onto historic buildings of a hand holding a quill and a woman surrounded by flowers

We Were Always Here

"Ancestral Uprising" artwork by Quentin VerCetty rendered in front of the Gibson Museum

Ancestral Uprising

Sepia toned portrait of artist Jully Black.

Kitchen Concerts at the Inn

Futuristic artist rendering of a person set against a black space-like background, with white gauzy patterns and molecular structures floating about.

Superbloom: An Emancipation Story

Multiple people with blue and green lights

Continuum

Cupped hands holding many small blue beads; another hand reaching in to pick up one of the blue beads.

HistoricTO Tours

Black and white portrait of Salome Bey

HerStory

Portrait of William Hubbard - Toronto's first politician of African descent

Fine Art & Artifact Collection