Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie proclaims May as Museums Month in Toronto, announces full lineup of museum programming

2023 May 1

Today, Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) proclaimed May as Museum Month in Toronto.

Youth Volunteer Program

Starting today, Monday, May 1, the Toronto History Museums Youth Volunteer Program is accepting new volunteer applications. Running year-round, the successful Youth Volunteer Program will expand its program across the city and at all Toronto History Museums this year. Youth across Toronto can volunteer virtually and in person, developing skills and learning about Toronto’s diverse histories. Volunteer opportunities are currently offered for high-school youth between ages 14 and  18. Learn more and apply on the City’s website.

May programming highlights include:

Doors Open Toronto

Toronto History Museums will offer site tours as part of Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available on the City’s Doors Open Toronto webpage.

Dis/Mantle

Museum visitors can experience the Afrofuturism immersive art exhibit, Dis/Mantle, at Spadina Museum before it ends on May 28. The City is grateful to community partner the Toronto Raptors and media partner 106.5 ELMNT FM for supporting Dis/Mantle as part of the Awakenings program.

Guests are invited to come out on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for The ReBuild, a family-friendly event that celebrates the legacy of the Dis/Mantle exhibit with music, poetry, science and more.  More information is available on the City’s Dis/Mantle webpage.

Women of Courage exhibition

A culmination of work from CultureLink’s Women of Courage Project, Women of Courage celebrates, amplifies and centres the underrepresented voices of racialized immigrant women. New works are on view until Sunday, May 7, at Gibson House Museum and then at Montgomery’s Inn from Wednesday, May 10, to Sunday, June 4.

Spring Salon Series  

On May 6, 7, 13 and 14, the 2023 Spring Salon Series at the Gibson House Museum will feature 45-minute chamber performances by small ensembles representing the traditional music of China, Iran, Japan and Korea.

Transforming Grief:  Loss and Togetherness in COVID-19
This free and accessible exhibition brings together interviews, art and artifacts representing the collective voices of community members, artists, front-line workers, activists and volunteers and conveys how we experienced and continue to experience the pandemic.  On view until January 7, 2024, at Fort York National Historic Site, Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.).

For the full list of May programming, visit the Exhibits & Events webpage.

Entry to all 10 Toronto History Museums is free for everyone. Residents and visitors can get the latest information on all the exciting May programming on the Toronto History Museum webpage.

The City is an internationally recognized leader in transforming its museum spaces, recently winning national (2021 and 2022) and international (2022) awards. It remains committed to dismantling museum’s established and ongoing colonial legacies, working towards reconciliation and healing.