When travelling, one of the best ways to know the place is by visiting its galleries and museums. You’d get to understand and appreciate the people and their culture by going through the artworks and exhibits in the museum.

If you are visiting North York, you may want to consider visiting these museums:

Gibson House Museum

Built in 1851, this historical museum has been known for exhibiting domestic arts and rural life skills during 19th century. The Gibson House Museum is popularly remembered by many for its classic red brick Georgian Revival style farmhouse. Originally owned by David Gibson, a land surveyor, politician, and Scottish immigrant, the house used to be his family’s home, until it officially became a heritage museum in 1971. Today, a lot of visitors go to the Gibson House Museum for its interesting artworks, as well as for events, new exhibits, and kids’ programs. There are also gardens within the area, an apple orchard, and a huge granite wall with photos of the descendants of David Gibson.

The Gibson House Museum is located at 5172 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, Canada. It is directly north of the North York Centre subway station and is near Toronto Public Library – North York Central Library and Yonge Hearts Child Care Center.

Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in a western country that is exclusively dedicated to Persian art, Muslim culture, and Islamic art. It houses more than 1,000 valuable items from the collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan, and Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. It was built with the aim of fostering appreciation and better understanding of Muslim civilization’s contribution to the world. Aside from the permanent collections displayed in the Aga Khan Museum, they also feature new collections that introduce latest artistic developments and present trends and themes.

The Aga Khan Museum is located at 77 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario M3C 1K1, Canada.  Wynford Drive is north of Eglinton off Don Mills Road. It is easily found across Flemingdon Park and Flemingdon Park Golf Club. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 10 am, and is closed on Mondays.

Black Creek Pioneer Village

In this one of a kind, open-air museum is a refreshing change with most of today’s enclosed and sophisticated museums. The Black Creek Pioneer Village, formerly called Dalziel Pioneer Park, is very unique as it gives its visitors a chance to feel, see, and experience mid-19th century Ontario, making it a popular destination for school field trips.  The village boasts of its 50, 000 artifacts, 40 historic buildings, 10 gardens growing flowers and plants from heirloom seeds, and 70 rare and heritage breed animals. They also offer fun and exciting programs and interactive activities that engage both kids and adults.

Black Creek Pioneer Village is at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, North York, Ontario, Canada. It is located North York, southeast of the Jane and Steeles intersection, west of York University.

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