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.
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.
The Breakthrough is a series of dynamic cultural experiences at Toronto History Museums. It connects us, paving a new way forward through art, creativity and innovation. Celebrating diversity, inclusion, equality, wellness, sustainability and advocacy, The Breakthrough builds upon the legacy of Awakenings.
In 2020 Awakenings launched as a response to the global pandemic to give voice to all and #TellTheFullStory of Toronto through many perspectives, including under-represented groups. With bold and boundary-breaking films and exhibits, the award-winning Awakenings movement now enters its next phase, The Breakthrough, that propels us further toward a brighter, diversity-enriched and inclusive future.
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