Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Type: Museum

This was the first free school in Toronto built by local brewer Enoch Turner in 1848. The school house has been restored and is used as an educational hub, for grade school aged trips as well as adult lectures and walking tours.




Many artefacts are used in the permanent on-site exhibit, others are stored off-site with Heritage Trust. Objects at the museum include:

  • Period furniture (pews, stove, desks, clock).
  • Slates.
  • Children’s text books.
  • Children’s ephemera.
  • Children’s apparel (pinafores, collars, gloves, dresses, shoes).

Public Programming:


Museum presents three panels that are a quick overview of the site to visitors.


Tours are offered year-round to the public. Visit website for dates and times.

  • For school aged children, experiential curriculum targeted towards grades 1 to 8 presents life as a Victorian child.
  • Older students can tour the facility and the adjacent neighborhood to learn more about 20th century immigration to Toronto.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

Volunteers: Those interested can contact the schoolhouse and be on-call to assist during major events.

Student Interns / Placements: To apply, contact the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Address & Contact Information:

106 Trinity Street
Toronto, ON

Phone: (416) 327-6997
Email: Alison.Little@heritagetrust.on.ca
Website: http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/conservation/museums/enoch-turner-schoolhouse.aspx

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm.

Key Words: education, school