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Gibson House Museum, North York
Toronto's Gibson House Museum, built 1851, is likely to be one of the first visits on my #100museums challenge

100 Museums Challenge

In the spirit of the New Year, I’m setting myself a challenge. I’m going to attempt to visit 100 museums in 2019.

After each visit, I’ll post one photo (at least), referring to one object or experience from my visit, with (probably short) commentary.

“Museum” will be very loosely defined, as a place (gallery, exhibit, garden, zoo, archaeological site, etc.) at which I mused (…), not including online museums.

Why am I doing this? For many of the same reasons I’ve been seeking out municipal, provincial, and federal historic plaques (see A Milestone for my “Historic Plaques of Ontario” Collection). Specifically:

  • to explore and appreciate new places, and revisit familiar ones
  • for the joy of research in preparation and follow-up
  • as an excuse to have adventures with friends
  • to encourage myself to blog more often
  • for physical exercise – I love walking around, looking at stuff
  • to satisfy the spreadsheet-maker and list-writer in me
  • to see if I can!

A preliminary list of Toronto-area possibilities is below. At a first go I could find only 57 “museums” to list, so getting to 100 will encourage me to be creative, with day trips and any other travel I’ll be lucky enough to do this year. Also, I do realize there will be a cost involved, so I will try not to bankrupt myself in the attempt.

Exciting – let’s see how it goes!

48th Highlanders Museum
Aga Khan Museum
Allan Gardens
Archives of Ontario (“Animalia: Animals in the Archives” exhibit)
Art Gallery of Ontario
Bata Shoe Museum
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Campbell House
Casa Loma
Centre Island Far Enough Farm
CN Tower
Colborne Lodge
Coptic Museum of Canada
Design Exchange
Distillery Historic District
Edwards Gardens
Enoch Turner School
Fort York National Historic Site
Gallery Arcturus
Gardiner Museum
Gibson House Museum
High Park Zoo
Hockey Hall of Fame
Mackenzie House
Market Gallery
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Montgomery’s Inn
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Illusions
Myseum of Toronto
MZTV Museum of Television and Archive
Old City Hall
Ontario Legislative Building
Ontario Science Centre
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum and Archives
Redpath Sugar Refinery
Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum
Ripley’s Aquarium
Riverdale Farm Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum
Ryerson Image Centre
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
Scarborough Museum
Spadina House
TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library
Textile Museum of Canada
The Power Plant
The Tollkeeper’s Cottage
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Todmorden Mills
Toronto Police Museum
Toronto Railway Museum
Toronto Zoo
Toronto’s First Post Office
Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch
University of Toronto Art Centre
Zion Schoolhouse