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. Since 2020, the Toronto History Museums Strategic Plan: Laying a New Foundation has set a new direction for the way forward which aligns with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) new definition of museums.

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

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 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.

The Awakenings program is recognized locally and internationally for the storytelling from local communities and diverse perspectives. Awards include the 2022 Leadership in History Award from American Association for State and Local History, National Trust for Canada Governors’ Award 2022Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award 2021 and Canadian Historical Association Public History Prize 2021.

The City of Toronto thanks the artists, partners and sponsors involved for their commitment and support in the creation and amplification of untold stories from diverse perspectives.

All Awakenings films, videos and audio tours made were compliant with the section 21 of Film and Television COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

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