Your Library Card Provides Free Access to Toronto History Museums in May 2019!

May 1, 2019 | Tanya O

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Update for June 2019

This popular program has been extended for the month of June 2019! You can use your library card for free admission Tuesdays through Thursdays to the City-owned and operated Toronto History Museums this month. See below for more details about how it works.


Original Article

We're celebrating Museum Month with the City of Toronto! On Walk-Up Weekdays in May, your library card gives you free admission Tuesdays through Thursdays to the City-owned and operated Toronto History Museums. These beautiful heritage spaces share Toronto's stories and tell our city’s history.

The City of Toronto also celebrates Museum Month this May with walks, selfie tours, Victoria Days activities and Doors Open Toronto

Toronto History Museums poster

Explore Toronto History Museums

Discover how Torontonians lived in the past at Toronto History Museums! 

  • Colborne Lodge in High Park
    Explore 19th-century innovation, city building, science, and technology exemplified by Toronto's first architect.
  • Fort York National Historic Site
    A 43-acre archaeological site, home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and an award-winning visitor centre with exhibits and interactive experiences.
  • Gibson House Museum
    This 1851 Georgian-style farmhouse was the home of Toronto's first land surveyor who helped map early Toronto.
  • Mackenzie House
    The last home of Toronto's first Mayor interprets urban Victorian life of the 1860s.
  • Market Gallery
    This second-floor gallery at the South St. Lawrence Market presents exhibits related to Toronto's art, culture and history.
  • Montgomery's Inn
    A landmark in Etobicoke for over 180 years, the museum continues to extend the tradition of hospitality as a public museum.
  • Scarborough Museum
    Located in Thomson Memorial Park, the museum offers a rare glimpse into the life of early 19th-century settlers.
  • Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens
    Toronto's Downton Abbey is the only museum in the city representing the 1920s and 30s.
  • Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
    Set in the Don Valley, the site explores the history of Toronto's industrial growth.

Did You Know?

Once Museum Month has passed, you can still visit the Toronto History Museums for FREE by borrowing a Museum + Arts Pass (MAP). Sign out a MAP Pass with your adult library card, and you and your family can get free admission to many Toronto museums and other cultural attractions.


When is the Walk-Up Weekdays in May program happening?

Tuesdays through Thursdays throughout May. 

Do I need to bring my Toronto Public Library Card with me?

Yes. Your library card gets you free admission Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Do all members of my family need to have a library card to gain free admission?

Yes. They can use their valid adult, teen or child library card to gain free admission to Toronto History Museums.

Which museums are included in Walk-Up Weekdays in May? 

  • Colborne Lodge in High Park
  • Fort York National Historic Site
  • Gibson House Museum
  • Mackenzie House
  • Market Gallery
  • Montgomery's Inn
  • Scarborough Historical Museum
  • Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
  • Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

When are the Toronto History Museums open, and where are they? 

The days and hours of operation for each museum may vary. Please check Toronto History Museums for info. 

Are the Toronto History Museums accessible?

Accessibility at each museum may vary. Please check Toronto History Museums to find out specific details about accessibility. A phone number is also listed if you would like to call.  


Updated May 1, 1:24pm. A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Zion Schoolhouse is part of the Walk-Up Weekdays initiative.

Updated June 19, 2:50pm. This program has been extended until the end of June 2019.