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Arts & Museums
Gallery Arcturus is a free art gallery and education centre in downtown. This non-profit gallery is run by The Foundation for the Study of Objective Art. The focus is on contemporary visual arts and the exhibits featured are permanent and temporary. They also conduct artist workshops.
A part of Ryerson University, the Ryerson Image Centre is an excellent photographic gallery as well as a research and education center. The center conducts major research in photography and hosts various workshops, exhibitions, lectures and discussions. This state-of-the-art gallery is open to works of any photographer, be it a budding student photographer or a professional artist. Apart from hosting temporary exhibitions, the gallery is home to a vast archival collection of close to 300,000 prints in photojournalism and fine art. Walk in here to discover learn about various aspects of photography.
Canadian Sculpture Centre is the base of the Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC) which was founded in 1928 by eminent sculptors. It is also the society's public gallery to exhibit modern Canadian carved works. It also hosts walking tours, artists conversations and lectures. Every month a different artist is highlighted from their member list and also provides a platform for emerging talents.
Located in the atrium of Toronto Police headquarters, this 278 square meter (3,000-square foot) museum stands as a tribute to the men and women who risk their lives to protect the community. Educational interactive displays within this space allow visitors to grasp the importance of trust and understanding between the city's citizens and the police force. On display are historic vehicles, past and present uniforms, badges, weapons and facts about infamous cases. The Toronto Police museum theater also features videos of police operations.
Founded in 1995 and located a few blocks east of Queen's Park, O'Connor Art Gallery prides itself on being the first commercial venue in Canada to represent gay and lesbian artists. A superb venue, the gallery has attracted visitors from around the world. It offers an international selection of upcoming and established artists' works in painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery and photography. Purchased works will be shipped anywhere in Canada and the U.S. You can also check out their archival frames, mats and other art-related material.
One of a kind in Canada, the Textile Museum opened in 1975, features an international collection of quilts, garments, carpets and ceremonial objects. First shown in a small area in Mirvish Village, the collection is now located in a 25,000 square feet space. Exhibits include textile arts from such places as China, Japan, Africa, South East and Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe and the Pacific, as well as Canada and the U.S.
There's nothing in Arts on King you really need, but there's tons of stuff you won't be able to live without. Hundreds of handcrafted items, created mostly by Canadian artists, fill the space, located just east of Yonge Street at Jarvis and King. The pieces can be fanciful or functional, and are often both. Absolutely unique furniture and glassware share space with jewelery, sculptures, oil paintings and unique wooden cityscape renderings by Ontario artist Jennifer Stenberg. The hardwood floors and exposed ceiling give the store the feel of an artist's loft.
Located within the Queen West creative community, this fusion art house mixes today's technology with the talent of emerging and already established Canadian artists. Part gallery and part art library, this is a haven where artists can showcase their work. The gallery also maintains a database for other artwork. Combining the visual and the digital, this is probably the largest and most comprehensive selection of artwork in Canada. Information is available in English, French and Mandarin.
Canada's only design promotion center, Design Exchange exhibits the latest in fashion, graphic design and ergonomics. Named after its location in the former Toronto Stock Exchange building, the Design Exchange also boasts the original trading floor, with its historic murals intact. The mural depicting "Work" is particularly fascinating, with its use of color and technique. International, national and local designers are on display in the exhibition hall and while there is an admission charge to view their creations, the Design Effectiveness Center is free.
Located on Trinity Street, the Enoch Turner School was established in 1848 as Ward School. Commissioned by Enoch Turner, the schoolhouse was built drawing inspiration from the Gothic Revival style of architecture. The brick schoolhouse was built with a mission to arm the poor kids of the neighborhood with education.
The Hockey Hall of Fame is the place where you can test your hockey trivia skills or goalie reflexes. The hall, located in Brookfield Place, features an interactive, hands-on account of the evolution of Canada's game. It's a trip down the sport's memory lane, fueled by displays, trophies, memorabilia, movies and video games. While you're there, you can get a souvenir photo taken of yourself beside the Stanley Cup trophy. Facilities include the Spirit of Hockey store full of collectibles.
The Toronto Dominion Bank has been collecting artwork from Canada's Inuit people from the Arctic region since the mid-1960s. That collection has grown considerably over time and is now housed in its own gallery in the Aetna Tower of the Toronto Dominion Centre, which opened in 1987. The permanent collection now consists of more than 200 pieces, encompassing artistic styles from all over Canada's vast Arctic territory. There are an estimated 10,000 visitors each year. Admission is free.