Where you can take the family in Toronto that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?
An art gallery or a museum will always be one of my favourite places to spend time in and I can happily roam the galleries soaking up all that creativity and history by myself, with my family or friends. I have great memories of going to museums in London and New York when I was a kid and that’s probably why I wanted to create memories like that for my daughter.
Until my daughter discovered volleyball, athletics weren’t really something that occupied much of our mother-daughter time. Turns out, she's a really good volleyball player, so as much as I became an avid “volleyball mom”, I was more of an “art mom” while my girl was growing up and that has not changed to this day. The only difference is that now she is the one asking to go and see specific exhibits at galleries and museums wherever we might be in this world.
I feel quite privileged to live in such a vibrant city with so much to offer in the way of art and culture and although that privilege can come at a steep price, I’m here to tell you that it doesn't have to.
I actually came across this info by accident and think that it's blog worthy because taking the family to a gallery like the AGO can be expensive. Although I believe that any time spent enjoying this beautiful space is worth the price of admission, you can get in for free.
Sun Life Financial has partnered with the Toronto Public Library to offer library members the chance to explore Toronto’s art and cultural venues for free (quantities are limited and rules and conditions apply). The AGO also has it's own discounted or free programs so they've got you covered.
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO - Visit for free!!!!
Toronto Public Library “Museum + Arts Pass” Program (who knew???)
The AGO is one of several venues included in the Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) program, which gives valid Toronto Public Library card holders the opportunity to “borrow” free of charge, a family pass to the AGO from any of the Toronto Public Library’s 99 branches. Certain restrictions apply and not all locations have passes to all of the participating venues. Check the Toronto Public Library for full details or contact them directly with any questions.
Visit the AGO website for more information on all their programs and exhibits and keep in mind that this wonderful space full of art, is warm in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer!
Here’s a snapshot (taken directly from the Toronto Public Library website) of some of the great places you can visit courtesy of Sun Life Financial and the Toronto Public Library. Don't possess a library card of your own?? Why not? It's easy to apply for and gives you an entire book store worth of books, cds, dvds, magazines and so much more all for $FREE!
Available at All Library Branches
(Note: MAP passes are not available from bookmobiles.)
- AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
- City of Toronto Historic Sites
- Colborne Lodge in High Park
- Fort York National Historic Site
- Gibson House Museum
- Mackenzie House
- Montgomery's Inn
- Scarborough Museum
- Spadina Museum: Historic
House & Gardens
- Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
- Museum of Inuit Art
- Textile Museum of Canada
Available at Limited Library Branches
- Aga Khan Museum - 50 branches
- Bata Shoe Museum - 50 branches
- Black Creek Pioneer Village - 32 branches
- Gardiner Museum - 32 branches
- Ontario Science Centre - 32 branches
- ROM - Royal Ontario Museum - 50 branches
- Toronto Zoo - 32 branches
Toronto will be a top destination for tourists this summer so why not consider being a tourist in your own city and discover your Toronto?