St. Lawrence Market Gallery
95 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, M5E 1C2
Regular exhibits that put the most unique aspects of Toronto history on display.
|Getting There |||Front and Jarvis|
|Cross Street |||Front and Jarvis|
|Wed-Fri 10AM-4PM, Sat 9AM-4PM, Sun 12PM-4PM, Mon-Tue closed|
Profile Last Updated: December 22, 2008
With its ever-changing exhibitions dedicated to the history, art and culture of Toronto, the Market Gallery is located inside the South St. Lawrence Market, the focal point of the oldest neighbourhood in the city. The location itself is of historical value, as the main gallery space once served as the city council chamber when the site was occupied by City Hall between 1845 and 1899.
The Market Gallery opened in 1979 as the official exhibition space and storage of the City of Toronto’s permanent art collection. The cultural, physical and social development of the city is reflected through paintings, photographs, fine art, maps, documents and other items dating back to well over a century. Notable exhibits have included the history of clothing manufacturing on Spadina Avenue, local histories of carpeting and bicycling, the evolution of organized leisure in the city, a display dedicated to Regent Park, the people and places of Riverdale, and many other topics shedding light on the intriguing transformation of Toronto.
School groups from across the city are given the opportunity to participate in the interactive programs offered by the Market Gallery, including mapping activities and role playing. The programs explore urban and rural communities in Upper Canada, aspects of citizenship and government, exploring the Don Valley, the black community in the 19th century, and other topics related to social studies.