Dear international student, Toronto has great Museums and Art Galleries. As students, we can enjoy them for free or by “pay what we can”. If you need a break from all the studying and want to get to know the city a little bit more, take a tour of all the amazing art options we have in this really cool city.
The first place I went was the Royal Ontario Museum. This place is huge and it is just across the street from OISE. There are no excuses not to go! Tuesdays are free all day for all students and Wednesdays are free from 3:30-pm to 5:30 if you want to go with friends and family that are not students. The ROM has absolutely everything you imagine a museum must have. You can enjoy art from all the places in the world, Egypt, China, Ecuador, Canada’s First Nations, absolutely everywhere. Moreover, if you are a fan of nature, at ROM you can find a really cool collection of animals from different regions, rocks from different places and eras. There are also dinosaurs, sculptures, paintings, walls, cars, mummies from all over the world. It is amazing. Just come and see for yourself.
The second place I visit was the Textile Museum of Canada. This museum is “pay what you can” on Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. I must confess that I was not that quite sure what to expect here, but I was really surprised when I got to see all the amazing things this museum has to offer. Fabrics are an important way to get to know the culture. In the Textile Museum you will learn how in different cultures like the Chinese, Japanese, among others, designs show social and political status. Moreover, you can find different collections of beads, robes, and old sewing machines. My favorite part was the exposition of teenagers designers from Ontario, which included Pokemon pajamas and prom dresses. You have to check out this museum!
A tip: in Dundas Street West and close by to the Textile Museum and the AGO is a coffee place called Angel’s Hat. Go, dear international student. Just listen to me and go!
The third I visited was the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).This is by far the most amazing Art Gallery I have ever been. It has paintings from all the biggest artist in time: Van Gogh, Monet, Rubens, Warhol, Renoir, among others. Good news, AGO is always free on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Since I’m not an expert on art, I had the luck of running into Joan, an amazing lady who works at the gallery and is always available on Wednesdays. Ask for her during your visit, she is waiting for you. Also, AGO has an amazing art collection from Canadian artist and lots of arts from First Nation peoples. There is also a boat collection. You can find basically everything here!
The last place I visited was the Bata Shoe Museum. Just like the Textile Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum is “pay what you can” on Thursday nights. Getting to know the culture and political statements through shoes has been fascinating. You can learn about which kind of shoes people from different parts of the world wear and does it mean. Also, you can witness and analyze which canons of beauty were considered “the right” ones for women and men according to their shoes in time. Currently, there is an exposition about Men in Heels. It is awesome, it makes you think about how different cultures have different ways of expressing power relationships. Have fun and thank me later!
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