Toronto History Museums are a collection of 10 historic sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto with the mission to collect, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit, and enhance the understanding of Toronto’s diverse stories through engaging and exciting experiences.

Our Stories

Toronto’s many pasts, presents and futures meet at our museums.

The histories you’ll experience here are not tales penned by a select few. They are stories written and told by the many who shape them. They are as diverse as the perspectives and experiences of our people – and we are many.

See amazing and appalling things. Taste sweet and bitter flavours. Hear laughter and lament. Touch the silky and the prickly edges of our history.

Meet us at the intersection of countless viewpoints.

Leave us inspired about this place we call Toronto.

Awakenings Curatorial Statement

In March, when everything changed, we had to adapt to a new way of living.

With the COVID-19 pandemic the connection to ourselves, our truths and each other matters now like never before. Our stories are tools for connection, but what stories matter, what new stories need to be told and who should be at the table to tell them?

Awakenings* is a series of virtual art projects created within Toronto History Museums. Utilizing storytelling while operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, sustainability, and advocacy, Awakenings aims to connect us, paving a new way forward through art, creativity, culture and innovation.

*All Awakenings films were made within various times during the summer and fall of 2020, and were compliant with the section 21 of Film and Television COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

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