[Updated] Art Galleries and Museums Start to Reopen

June 26, 2020 by Department of Art History

[Updated July 3, 2020]

Following the Government of Ontario's announcement that the City of Toronto may move to Stage 2 of reopening, many art galleries and museums are planning to reopen with new protocols in place. These include:

  • Aga Khan Museum – Will reopen to the public on June 27. For details on the Museum's plans for reopening, visit the Aga Khan Museum's news page.
  • Art Gallery of Ontario – Reopening to AGO Members and Annual Pass Holders on July 2 and to the public on July 23. For more information and details on the new measures in place, visit the AGO's Welcome Back! page.
  • Gardiner Museum –  The Gardiner Museum will reopen exclusively to Gardiner Friends and Get Acquainted cardholders from Tuesday, July 7 to Friday, July 10. This will be followed by two days of FREE ADMISSION for all members of the public on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. As of July 13, the Gardiner Museum will return to its normal hours and admission prices. Full details on the Gardiner Museum's Welcome Back webpage.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto – Will open to the arts community, donors, members and frontline workers from July 9–12 and will open to the public starting July 16. Further details can be found on MOCA's Visit Us webpage and MOCA's Facebook page.
  • Royal Ontario Museum – Will reopen to the public starting Saturday, July 11, 2020 with new health and safety measures in place. ROM Members will have advance access to the Museum ROM beginning Thursday, July 9. For detailed information, please read the ROM's News Release on it's official website.

Those planning to visit these locations are strongly encouraged to check the respective websites to review the guidelines in place, adhere to the safety measures and recommendations, and to book their tickets in advance.

Many museums and galleries will also continue to offer free access to their online collections. For a short list of some institutions and exhibitions, please see our earlier article, "Online Exhibitions to Explore #MuseumAtHome".