The Public History Directory

Welcome to the Public History Directory!

Here you will find information on nearly 150 heritage institutions in the Greater Toronto Area, that is, the City of Toronto and the Regions of Peel, York, and Durham. Each has its own profile page containing details on its programming and volunteering opportunities.

You can navigate this site in two ways:
EITHER type a search term into the search box at the upper right.
OR use the search table below to locate:

  • a particular institution
  • institutions in a particular geographical area
  • specific kinds of institutions (archives, museums, historical societies, etc.)
  • institutions with particular specializations (education, miltary, religion, etc.)

 

Institution Type Keywords Location
York University Computer Museum Museum technology North York
West Junction Historical Society and Archives Historical Society neighbourhood Toronto - West End
Virtual Museum of Canada Museum arts, culture Online
Uxbridge Historical Centre Museum religion, settlement Uxbridge
Upper Canada College Archives Archives education Toronto - North End/Midtown
University of Toronto Archives Archives education Toronto - Downtown
University Health Network Archives Archives health, hospital Toronto - Downtown
United Church of Canada Archives Archives religion Toronto - West End
Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch Museum ethnicity, religion Toronto - Downtown
Trinity College Archives Archives education Toronto - Downtown
Toronto’s First Post Office Museum government, pioneer Toronto - Downtown
Toronto Railway Historical Association Historical Society railway, transportation Toronto - Downtown
Toronto Port Authority Archives Archives government, transportation Toronto - Downtown
Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre Museum legal, police Toronto - Downtown
Toronto Marine Historical Society Historical Society harbour, port, transportation Toronto - West End
Toronto Architectural Conservancy Heritage Board architecture Toronto
Tollkeeper’s Cottage Museum pioneer, transportation Toronto - Downtown
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre Museum industry, pioneer Toronto - East End
Theatre Museum Canada Museum culture, theatre Toronto - Downtown
Textile Museum of Canada Museum culture, design Toronto - Downtown
Taras Shevchenko Museum Museum arts, ethnicity Toronto - West End
Swansea Historical Society Historical Society neighbourhood Toronto - West End
St. Michael’s Hospital Archives Archives health, hospital Toronto - Downtown
St. James Cathedral Archives and Museum Archives architecture, religion Toronto - Downtown
Spadina Museum Museum architecture, household Toronto - Downtown
Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum Museum recreation, sports Woodbridge
Silverman Heritage Museum Museum culture, religion North York
Sharon Temple National Historic Site Museum pioneer, religion Sharon / East Gwillimbury
Sesquicentennial Museum and Archives Museum education, school Toronto - Downtown
Sculptors Society of Canada Historical Society arts, culture Toronto - Downtown
Scotiabank Group Archives Archives business, commerce Toronto - Downtown
Scarborough Historical Society Historical Society neighbourhood Scarborough
Scadding Cabin Museum agriculture, settlement Toronto - Downtown
Salvation Army Museum Museum charity, religion Toronto - Downtown
Ryerson University Archives Archives education, university Toronto - Downtown
Royals Museum Museum military Downtown-Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum Museum archaeology, culture Toronto - Downtown
Royal Canadian Yacht Club Archives Archives recreation, sports Toronto - Downtown
Royal Canadian Military Institute Museum military Toronto - Downtown
Rouge Park Environmental Site aboriginal, environment Aurora
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto Archives Archives religion Toronto - Downtown
Riverdale Historical Society Historical Society neighbourhood Toronto - Downtown
Redpath Sugar Museum Museum business, industry Toronto - Downtown
Queen’s York Rangers Museum and Archives Museum military Toronto - Downtown
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum Museum military Toronto - Downtown
Quaker Archives and Library of Canada Archives religion Newmarket
Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto Archives health, medicine Toronto - Downtown
Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives Archives genealogy, religion Toronto - Downtown
Pickering Museum Village Museum pioneer, settlement Pickering
Photographic Historical Society of Canada Historical Society culture, photography Etobicoke
Osgoode Hall Heritage Building architecture, law Toronto - Downtown
Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library Library children, literature Downtown-Toronto
Ontario Medical Association Archives Archives health, medicine Toronto - Downtown
Ontario Legislative Buildings Heritage Building architecture, government Toronto - Downtown
Ontario Jewish Archives Archives migration, religion North York
Ontario Heritage Trust Central Body architecture, culture Downtown - Toronto
Ontario Genealogical Society Central Body family, genealogy Downtown-Toronto
Ontario Black History Society Historical Society ethnicity, migration Toronto - Downtown
Ontario Archaeological Society Central Body archaeology Downtown-Toronto
Old City Hall Museum architecture, government Toronto - Downtown
Old Britannia Schoolhouse Museum education, school Mississauga
Oakville Museum Museum agriculture, household Oakville
Oakville Historical Society Historical Society architecture, household Oakville
North Toronto Historical Society Historical Society neighbourhood Toronto - North End / Midtown
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Historical Society aboriginal, culture Toronto - Downtown
National Presbyterian Museum Museum religion Toronto - East End
National Ballet of Canada Archives Archives culture, dance Toronto - Downtown
Museum of Television Museum broadcasting, technology Toronto - Downtown
Museum of Inuit Art Museum Inuit, arts Toronto - Downtown
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Museum arts, culture Toronto - Downtown
Multicultural History Society of Ontario Education Centre ethnicity, migration North York
Montgomery’s Inn Museum inn, settlement Etobicoke
Military Re-enactment Society of Canada Historical Society army, military, war New Market
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Museum arts, culture Kleinberg
Markham Museum Museum pioneer, settlement Markham
Market Gallery Museum culture, neighbourhood Toronto - Downtown
Margaret M. Allmang Society for the History of Nursing Historical Society health, nursing Toronto - North End/Midtown
Mackenzie House Museum household, politics Toronto - Downtown
Law Society of Upper Canada Archives Archives law, legal Toronto - Downtown
Lambton House Museum leisure, tavern Toronto - West End
La Société d’histoire de Toronto Historical Society culture, ethnicity Toronto - Downtown
King Township Historical Society Historical Society household, rural King City
Joan Baillie Archives of the Canadian Opera Company Archives culture, music Toronto - Downtown
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Education Centre culture, ethnicity Toronto - North End / Midtown
HVACR Heritage Centre Canada Archives house, trades Mississauga
Hospital for Sick Children Archives Archives children, health Toronto - Downtown
Holocaust Education Centre Education Centre ethnicity, religion North York
Hockey Hall of Fame Museum leisure, sports Toronto - Downtown
Heritage York Heritage Board architecture, settlement Toronto - West End
Heritage Toronto Heritage Board house, neighbourhood Toronto - Downtown
Heritage Schoolhouse Museum (York Region District School Board) Museum education, school York Region
Heritage Mississauga Heritage Board settlement Mississauga
Halton Region Museum Museum agriculture, architecture Milton
Great War Flying Museum Museum aviation, war Brampton
Girl Guides of Canada National Archives Archives children, student Toronto - Downtown
Gibson House Museum Museum household, politics North York
George Brown College Archives Archives college, education Toronto - Downtown
Gardiner Museum Museum arts, culture Toronto-Downtown
Fort York National Historic Site Museum military, war Toronto - Downtown
Evergreen Brick Works Education Centre environment, industry Toronto - East End
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Museum education, school Toronto - Downtown
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Heritage Building culture, theatre Toronto-Downtown
Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) Museum architecture, settlement Alliston, Shelburne
Dominion Modern: Museum of Modern Architecture & Design Museum architecture, design Toronto - Downtown
Design Exchange Museum architecture, design Toronto - Downtown
Country Heritage Park Education Centre agriculture, rural Milton
Costume Society of Ontario Historical Society design, fashion Toronto
Colborne Lodge Museum architecture, settlement Toronto - West End
City of Toronto Archives Archives government, neighbourhood Toronto - Downtown
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Archives Archives disability, hospital Toronto - Downtown
CBC Museum Museum broadcasting, culture Toronto - Downtown
Casa Loma Museum architecture, landscape Toronto - Downtown
Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation Historical Society technology, transportation Toronto - Downtown
Canadian National Exhibition Archives Archives recreation, technology Toronto - Downtown
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Museum leisure, sports Halton Hills
Canadian Macedonian Historical Society Historical Society ethnicity, migration Toronto - East End
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Archives gender, sexuality Toronto - Downtown
Canadian Labour Hall of Fame Museum labour North York
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Museum recreation, sports Oakville
Canadian Automotive Museum Museum automobile, industry Oshawa
Canadian Advertising Museum Museum business, culture Etobicoke
Campbell House Museum and Historical Foundation Museum architecture, household Toronto - Downtown
Caledon Heritage Foundation Historical Society architecture Caledon
Cabbagetown Preservation Association Historical Society architecture, neighbourhood Toronto - Downtown
Brampton Historical Society Historical Society architecture, transportation Brampton
Brampton Heritage Board Heritage Board architecture Brampton
Bradley Museum Museum agriculture, household Mississauga
Black Creek Pioneer Village Museum pioneer, settlement North York
Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum Museum culture, religion Toronto - North End / Midtown
Benares Historic House Museum household, military Mississauga
Belfountain Heritage Society Historical Society architecture Caledon
Bata Shoe Museum Museum culture, fashion Toronto - Downtown
Aurora Historical Society Historical Society health, household Aurora
Ashbridge Estate Museum architecture, settlement Toronto - East End
Archives of Ontario Archives business, genealogy, government, politics North York
Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Central Body architecture Toronto - Downtown
Applewood-James Shaver Woodsworth Homestead Foundation Museum agriculture, settlement Etobicoke
Anglican Diocese of Toronto Archives Archives genealogy, religion Toronto - Downtown
Anglican Church of Canada, General Synod Archives Archives religion Toronto - Downtown
Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada Historical Society technology, transportation Etobicoke
48th Highlanders Museum Museum military Toronto - Downtown