Museums Online

With permission from the Ontario Heritage Trust we are pleased to share this compilation of museums offering online tours.

Visit the Trust for more online resources and tours.


  • BYTOWN MUSEUM: Wander through three floors of exhibitions and artifacts, immersing yourself in a unique museum that is located in the Commissariat – Ottawa’s oldest stone building – all from the comfort of your own home.
     
  • Canadian War Museum: Discover the vast collection of online resources – including videos, exhibits, collections, educational resources, lectures and interactive adventures – through the Canadian War Museum’s "Museum at Home" feature.
     
  • Community Stories: Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC): The VMC is the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations. Explore the stories and treasures, past and present, of hundreds of communities across Canada. Virtual exhibits: While you’re there, discover history, art, science, nature and more through virtual exhibits from Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.
     
  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre: Wander around inside the last operating double-decker theatre in the world! This virtual tour takes you through the centre’s elaborate lobbies and lets you poke around inside these two magnificent theatres.
     
  • Explore Peel: An Interactive Timeline (presented by the Region of Peel and the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives): Learn about the many stories of Peel Region’s settlement history through interactive maps and historical photographs – from early Indigenous inhabitants to European fur traders right on up to the newcomers of the 19th and 20th centuries. 
     
  • Fulford Place: Explore the grounds of this Edwardian mansion in Brockville and learn how the famous Olmsted brothers – who designed New York City’s Central Park – also designed this garden, now restored.
     
  • Myseum Intersections: Quarantine Edition (presented by Myseum): Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action is an online photo essay exhibition that explores the untold stories of the 2008-09 Toronto Protests against the Genocidal War in Sri Lanka.
     
  • Ontario Science Centre: During these challenging times, let the Ontario Science Centre bring science to you with DIY experiments, science activities, educational resources and Facebook Live events where you can interact with scientists (or catch up on past events).
     
  • Textile Museum of Canada: While the museum itself can only show a fraction of their holdings, this online collection gives you access 24/7 to more than 15,000 objects from over 200 regions around the world.
     
  • The Kenora Great War Project (presented by the Ancestor Seekers of Kenora, the Lake of the Woods Museum and the Kenora Public Library): As part of Kenora’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this online exhibit was produced to honour the soldiers whose names appear on the town’s war memorials.
     
  • The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre: Enjoy a virtual tour of this contemporary art gallery (now celebrating its 30th anniversary) and explore their archives of exhibitions, programs and talks.
     
  • Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library: Take a close-up look at the digital collections at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library – including manuscripts, drawings and rare publications.
     
  • Uncover//Recover: Indigenous Educational Guide (presented by the Royal Ontario Museum): Inspired by the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection of Indigenous artifacts, OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program students worked with museum curators to develop this educational, interactive, accessible and informative multimedia exhibition as an online vehicle to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ creative legacy – past, present and future. (Recipients of a 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation)
     
  • Virtual Museum of Franco-Ontarian Heritage: Learn about the history of Franco-Ontarians and explore online collections and exhibits that expand on the 400-year presence of Francophones in Ontario.