Toronto did more than just proclaim May as Museum Month this year: it also announced that general admission to its 10 Toronto history museums is now free — permanently.
The city notes that “some exhibits and events may be chargeable, where applicable.”
In a press release announcing the measure, the city said the free entry was part of a series of initiatives, launched in 2020, designed to improve accessibility to cultural spaces for city residents.
“Based on equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression, Toronto’s 10 history museums have begun to re-evaluate the stories they share and how they are shared, to create space for communities and to transmit knowledge”, according to the city. Press release.
Historic sites include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills, and Zion School.
“Free general admission to Toronto’s history museums ensures equity in programming, equitable access to resources, full participation in city spaces, and equitable participation opportunities for underserved and underserved groups. -represented,” Mayor John Tory said in the press release.
More information on events and initiatives taking place during History Month and throughout the year can be found at www.toronto.ca/museums.