Virtual exhibits and interactive learning resources on numerous subjects, created by Canadian museums and galleries. Local history exhibits that capture Canadian community memories, drawn from the collections of small museums and local memories and treasures are also available. Organized by museum, name or subject, the themes of Aboriginal Art, Culture and Tradition, Arts in Canada, Canada at War, Canadian Musical Traditions, Canadian Women, Science and Medicine and Vancouver 2010 make up the bulk of the collection.
Showcases thousands of artefacts, photos, paintings and objects from Canadian museums. Amongst others, it contains the works of the Group of Seven, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Emily Carr, and many other artists.
Archival library book collections such as the Osborne Collection of Books published to the end of 1910
The Lillian H. Smith Collection of modern notable titles
The Canadiana Collection of materials written, published, or substantially related to Canada.
Book collections, book-related art, literary archives, games and ephemera.
Most materials are English-language, with a few exceptions of classics of children’s literature published in original languages, and some modern notable French-language materials.
The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books spans literary classics to popular culture, including such novelties as movables and miniatures.
The oldest artifacts in the Collection are cuneiform tablets dating from 2,000 B.C.E.
Modern children’s books: a fourteenth-century manuscript of Aesop’s fables; fifteenth-century traditional tales, sixteenth-century school texts, and courtesy books.
Godly Puritan works
Eighteenth-century chapbooks, moral tales and rational recreations
Victorian classics of fantasy adventure and school stories up to 1910.
Florence Nightingale’s childhood library
Queen Mary’s children’s books
Materials pertaining to members of theTaylor family of Ongar
The Pettingell Collection of periodicals and penny dreadfuls
Extensive holdings of the works of G.A. Henty
The John Sullivan Hayes Collection: Predominantly nineteenth and twentieth-century English Children’s books and considerable Canadiana
Teachers and instructors are welcome to contact the Osborne Collection to arrange group visits, subject to space and scheduling.
Classes starting at Grade 4 may enjoy exhibits and talks, while high school, college, and university-level students may be given subject presentations on Osborne material
Online exhibits highlighting items from the Osborne Collection: Worlds Away: Wild Inventions at Osborne, When Cinderella Went to the Ball: Five Hundred Years of Fairy Tales, Picture Perfect! – An Exhibit of Canadian Picture Book Art, This Magical Book: Movable Books for Children, 1771-2001