Friday, July 23, 2010

Visit Toronto Museums Free this Summer

Reprinted from Ontario Heritage Connection

Each weekend this summer - until Sunday, August 29, 2010 - enjoy free admission to Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery's Inn, Scarborough Museum, and Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre. These are the City of Toronto Museums. Programming features music, drama, crafts, heritage recipes to taste and other fun.

On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can expect the following features at the City's historic sites:

Colborne Lodge: A tour of the restored 19th-century home of John and Jemima Howard, the founders of Toronto's best known park – High Park. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds and enjoy the recreated Howard gardens. Weekend tours begin at noon and run every half hour on the half hour (except for the last tour, which starts at 4:15 pm).

Fort York: Highlights include the cannon firing at 12:30 pm and the music of the Fort York Drums (a fife and drum corps) as well as hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery. The fort is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Please note that Fort York closes occasionally for special ticketed events during the summer. Please call ahead to confirm operating hours.

Gibson House presents: Summer on the Farm, where visitors will enjoy a tour of the historic house followed by samples of the day's cooking in the historic kitchen. On Harvest Saturdays garden produce is preserved and on Ice Cream Sundays you may help hand-churn the days’ delicious treat.

• At Mackenzie House, the last home of Toronto's first mayor, visitors can take part in Kids Krafts from noon until 4:30 pm. They may also see the exhibit, "Toronto's Tumultuous Year: William Lyon Mackenzie as Mayor," which explores the ups and downs of that eventful year in the life of the city.

Montgomery's Inn visitors will enjoy traditional hospitality at this historic stone inn, engaging tours that bring history alive, and a cup of tea and dessert in the Tea Room.

• At Scarborough Museum visitors will experience what life was like in the 1800s with demonstrations, scavenger hunts and impromptu performances!

Victorian Extravaganza! Saturday & Sunday: July 31 & Aug 1
Join in for a fabulous weekend of family-friendly entertainment highlighting the Scene Change youth players! Performances throughout the day include shows, music and merriment.

• At Todmorden Mills, community and emerging artists' work will be on display in the Papermill Gallery. Visitors can also enjoy the 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with walking trails that explore natural habitats.

Please note: Free Weekends excludes special ticketed events and holiday Mondays. Toronto’s Historic Sites offer group tours on weekdays.

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