MUSEUMS3 The Art Gallery of Ontario – and the Royal Ontario Museum – are TORONTO’s two largest art galleries and museums. But several medium-sized galleries dot the cityscape. They’re either free or charge a miniscule admission or donation.

MUSEUMS4Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, one of only two shoe museums in the world – or 416-979-7799.

MUSEUMS7Toronto Police Museum, 40 College Street, open Monday to Friday, free,

MUSEUMS1The Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market, Jarvis at Front Street East,

MUSEUMS6Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, permanent collection contains more than 12,000 artifacts and spans almost 2,000 years and 200 world regions – http://www.textilemuseum.caSOME OTHERS:
**** BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Heritage Museum, 61 Clairville Drive, 416-798-2277, **** Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Drive in High Park, a monument to the founders of High Park, **** Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, ceramics exhibits, great gift shop and restaurant, fine architecture,  **** Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, the last of home of TORONTO’s fist mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie,  **** Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, house and gardens, once home to the Austin family,  ETC.

The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West, is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to conemporary visual art. Admission is free. 416-973-4949,

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