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Known for its cultural diversity, sports and entertainment, restaurants, weekend festivals, and our gorgeous skyline, Toronto attracts over 27 Million visitors annually. With 46 kms of waterfront, 158 neighborhoods, and 6 boroughs (previous municipalities amalgamated into one city), there seems to be no shortage of things to see and do.
Unfortunately, Toronto is also the most expensive City in Canada, and 89th most expensive city in the World according to a recent Mercer report based on cost of living. With sky-high housing prices and rocketing inflation, I’m sure you didn’t need a survey to tell you everything is getting darn expensive. Want to experience the city without burning a hole in your wallet? - Dealiem has you covered. Art and museum enthusiasts, nature lovers, trivia nerds, and music buffs, we have something for everyone.
Art and history can impact us in profound ways, triggering dialogue and reflection, connecting us to our past, inspiring our present, and shaping our future. As tourists visiting a new city, its usually top of mind to seek out these attractions. As a local however, its all too easy to take our beautiful city for granted. Here are some very easy ways to explore Toronto's art and history scene without breaking the bank.
The Royal Ontario Museum is a the largest museum in Canada, and one of the largest museums in North America. Founded in 1914, The ROM showcases 13 million artworks, cultural objects from around the world, and natural history specimens across 40 galleries and exhibition spaces.
Located in the heart of Toronto, in the Grange Park Neighborhood, the AGO attracts one million visitors annually with more than 120,000 works of art ranging from cutting edge contemporary, to Indigenous and European masterpieces.
No visit to a city is complete without exploring the local markets. St Lawrence Market is a iconic culinary building bustling with activity, shopping vendors and food stalls. Unknown to many visitors is the Market Gallery, just upstairs from the main hall. The Market Gallery is an intimate, historic space, once Toronto's City Council Chambers. Drawing from the City's extensive collection of fine art, artifacts, photos and paintings, these exhibits will guide you through Toronto's ever-changing cultural and physical identity.
The Gardiner Museum is a ceramic museum, connecting and inspiring people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world's oldest art forms. Besides exhibits, the museum offers classes, tours, and an onsight bistro and gift shop.
Home to the World's largest and most comprehensive collection of shoes, tracing back 4,500 years. This unique Toronto attraction allow visitors to literally experience history through someone else's shoes.
The Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in North America dedicated to Islamic art, Iranian art, and Muslim Culture. The museum provides visitors a unique insight into the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilization. The Museum is home to galleries, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a reference library, auditorium, and restaurant.
When thinking of Toronto, bloody battles are not usually top of mind. The Fort York National Historic Site commemorates several British military installations which guarded the entrance to Toronto Harbour. The Historic Site sits on 43-acres with 2,900 sqft of gallery space, taking visitors through the War of 1812, and the Battle of York, between the United States and Great Britain.
Spadina Museum (or Spadina House) is a historic house museum operated by the city of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Division. The museum takes visitors back to the 1900s through the perspective of the affluent Austin Family and the people working within their home.
Todmordern Mills was a small settlement in the Don River valley in Toronto. It started out as a lumber mill in the 1790s originally known as 'Don Mills'. It later grew into a small village, attracting settlers, industrialists, artists and families. Todmorden Mills Heritage site allows visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the Don River and its settlers.