Museums showcase special events and programs

To celebrate May is Museum Month, Toronto History Museums will offer a range of programs to engage with residents across the city. Mayor John Tory has also proclaimed the month of May as Museum Month.

This month-long celebration recognizes International Museum Day on May 18 and the contribution of museums to the vitality and health of communities.

“May is Museum Month is a wonderful chance to celebrate the role museums play in all of our lives and in our city. In addition to providing engagement and education, museums are an essential tool for engaging with young people and communities,” said Tory.

As part of the May is Museum Month, Toronto History Museums will collaborate with the Toronto Public Library to offer free admission to nine museums from Tuesdays to Thursdays during the entire month. Free admission will be granted with a Toronto Public Library card.

Celebrated annually, the 2019 May is Museums Month will include an inaugural Youth Day at Scarborough Museum that will engage local youth and youth-focused organizations in activities on the museum grounds. There will also be a series of 12 Jane’s Walks from all museum locations (May 4 and 5), afternoon tea parties, acoustic concerts and unique Mother’s Day experiences (May 11 and 12), selfie tours amidst period furnishings and costumes (May 18), and one of the city’s largest Victoria Day celebrations at Fort York National Historic Site (May 20).

On May 25 and 26, the 20th anniversary of Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf will offer free admission to some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto, including all Toronto History Museums.

Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto that bring Toronto’s history to life for residents and visitors. They 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 Schoolhouse. More information is available at toronto.ca/museums, or follow Toronto History Museums on Twitter at twitter.com/tohistoricsites, on Instagram at instagram.com/tohistoricsites or on Facebook at facebook.com/tohistoricsites.

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