For centuries, books have opened up brand new worlds to readers and writers alike. Now, the Toronto Public Library is opening up the hidden gems of our great city to book lovers.
The TPL’s Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass & Family Saturdays Program offers free access to some of Toronto’s most popular arts and cultural spots.
A valid adult TPL Library Card is all you need to borrow a MAP from any Toronto Public Library location. Quantities are limited and borrowing rules apply. Full admission for a family of up to two adults and five children is granted at the following Toronto attractions:
- Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO): one of the largest art museums in North America, the AGO holds more than 79,000 works in its collection, which spans from 100 A.D. to the present
- The Bata Shoe Museum: with hundreds of shoes (from a collection numbering over 10,000) on exhibit, the Museum celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries
- Black Creek Pioneer Village: a representation of 1800’s Toronto, this small agricultural village offers a unique glimpse into the lives of our early settlers
- Gardiner Museum: Over 3000 historical and contemporary pieces of ceramic, The Gardiner Museum gives visitors an extraordinary glimpse into the development of the ceramic process
- Museum of Inuit Art: The Museum presents a comprehensive, multi-layered display of Inuit Art and integrates rotating exhibitions featuring individual artist, communities, themes and materials
- Textile Museum of Canada: With more than 12,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions, the TMC’s permanent collection celebrates cultural diversity and includes traditional fabrics, garments, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry
City of Toronto’s Historic Museums
Passes are also available for visiting 8 of Toronto’s historic museums, which allow visitors to do more than just read about history – they offer visitors to opportunity to taste it, touch it, hear it and explore it.
Participating locations are:
- Colborne Lodge in High Park
- Fort York National Historic Site
- Gibson House Museum
- Mackenzie House
- Montgomery’s Inn
- Scarborough Historical Museum
- Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
- Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
Select library branches also offer passes to Casa Loma, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
- Casa Loma: The castle in the city, Casa Loma offers a chance to step back in time via its decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens
- Ontario Science Centre: one of the world’s first interactive science museums, the Ontario Science Centre was a pioneer in creating experiences that made science accessible
- Royal Ontario Museum: Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history located in the heart of downtown
Parents should check with each venue, however, as admission restrictions vary by venue.
Making learning fun
With an ever-changing list of exhibits and events that are both fun and educational, this partnership opens up a world of discovery and intrigue to GTA families and visitors alike.
For more information about the Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass, and to see MAP borrowing rules, participating branches and all the information you need to explore the arts and culture of Toronto, visit the Toronto Public Library MAP information page.
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