Museums in Ontario with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in Ontario, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in Ontario offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in Ontario…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

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    Mississippi Mills

    This family-oriented destination, home to the R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum, is 154-acres of field and forest along the Indian River in Mississippi Mills. Explore this natural treasure year-round ...

  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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    Kingston

    Eight beautiful galleries showcase contemporary, Canadian, European, and African art. The Gallery Shop features a great selection of children's art-related books and toys. Call about family programs.

  • Canadas Penitentiary Museum

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    Kingston

    The exhibits try to portray life in prison as it was in the 19th-century to present day. In 2003 the Museum won the "Rand McNally Best of the Road" Award. One of only 27 sites in North America to do ...

  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

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    Kingston

    Explore the Museum's four galleries which tell the story about the history of the Great Lakes and see ship models and underwater art facts. You can also tour the Pump House Steam Museum next door. ...

  • Museum of Health Care

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    Kingston

    How did students learn about the human body without microscopes or x-rays in the 1700's? Learn about these things and more at the Museum of Health Care! During the summer months, walking tours ...

  • Royal Ontario Museum

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    Toronto

    You'll never run out of fun and fantastic things to do at the ROM, Canada's largest museum of world cultures and natural history.

  • The Textile Museum of Canada

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    Toronto

    Textile Museum of Canada is one of eight museums of its kind and the only museum in Canada solely dedicated to the collection, exhibition and documentation of textiles from around the world.

  • Canada Aviation Museum

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    Ottawa

    The Museum houses one of the world's finest aeronautical collection. Aircraft are clustered in islands each representing a key period in aviation history from the pioneer era to the jet age.

  • Canada Science and Technology Museum

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    Ottawa

    Discover some of the most important scientific objects in Canada. Climb aboard real trains, try your hand at fascinating experiments, and see for yourself how science and technology affect our ...

  • Canadian War Museum

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    Ottawa

    Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography. Explore the human conflicts that have shaped ...

  • Canadian Museum of Nature

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    Ottawa

    See hundreds of dinosaur specimens, including complete skeletons and dramatic life-sized recreations, in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. Our Mammal Gallery is truly breathtaking with its ...

  • National Gallery of Canada

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    Ottawa

    Art fun in Ontario with the world’s largest Canadian art collection! Follow a tour, explore the gallery, or get creative yourself!

  • Fort Henry

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    Kingston

    Time travel back to the 1860's at one of Eastern Ontario's premier National Historic Sites - Fort Henry. Follow costumed interpreters on an hour long tour through limestone casements filled with ...

  • Heritage House Museum

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    N Smiths Falls

    This elegant Victorian dwelling recreates the lifestyle of a wealthy mill owner c.1867 through eight furnished period rooms. The museum also offers changing exhibitions, art shows, day camps, ...

  • Rideau Canal Museum

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    Smiths Falls

    This museum is the flagship interpretation and orientation centre for the entire Rideau Canal system. Five floors hold a unique blend of historic displays, artifacts & modern technology.

  • Smiths Falls Railway Museum

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    Smiths Falls

    You'll find railway heritage comes alive at this National Historic Site. Visitors can climb up into the cupola of a caboose, inspect the track in a Speeder Car or play in the Children's Area.

  • Scugog Shores Museum

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    Port Perry

    The Scugog Shores Museum is located on beautiful Scugog Island, overlooking the town of Port Perry. The mission of the Museum is to preserve, research, interpret and exhibit artifacts that illustrate ...

  • Canada Agricultural Museum

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    Ottawa

    The Canada Agriculture Museum is living proof of the "Green Capital". In fact, Ottawa is the only world Capital that has a working farm at its heart. Canada's unique agricultural heritage is featured ...

  • Castle Village and the Enchanted Kingdom

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    Midland

    Visit with some of your favourite fairytale characters and take a tour of the Museum of Medieval Arms, Armour & Heraldry!

  • Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

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    Toronto

    The Gardiner Museums clay classes offer creative fun for young adults and adults. Participants at all levels of experience--including absolute beginners--will learn the techniques of creating ceramic ...

  • Bau Xi Gallery

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    Toronto

    Bau-Xi Gallery typically exhibits and sells paintings but also deals with sculpture and print. Most of the artists are Canadian with a few Americans. Monthly exhibits rotate through the galleries.

  • Children Museum

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    London

    Come and explore our three floors full of interactive exhibits, activities and programs that encourage children and their grown-ups to play together and learn together!

  • Canadian Ski Museum

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    Ottawa

    Canadian Ski Museum (CSMus) is the history of skiing in Canada. It is a record of people, their stories, activities, achievements and a wealth of fascinating artifacts.

  • Ripleys Believe It or Not Museum

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    Niagara Falls

    The Famous Ripleys Believe it or not museum is a must see for all the family!

  • Diefenbunker Canadas Cold War Museum

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    Carp

    Built to protect the government from nuclear attack, this once-secret bunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada.

  • Orillia Museum of Art and History

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    Orillia

    The Orillia Museum of Art and History showcases the best of Orillia and Lake Country's culture and history through local and nationally significant exhibitions.

  • Toronto Police Museum

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    Toronto

    Whether you have only a few minutes or an hour or two, enjoy a delightful visit to the Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre.Occupying 3,000 square feet in the atrium at Police Headquarters ...

  • Ontario Science Museum

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    Toronto

    Ontario Science Museum is inspiring place for the whole family! KidSpark is a new space specially designed for kids eight and under to enjoy with their parents or caregivers. Since it opened in fall ...

  • Huronia Museum

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    Midland

    Huronia Museum (HM) in Midland, Ontario, Canada consists of the museum building (housing collections and gallery) and the Huron/Ouendat (Wendat) village (palisade and longhouse), is open year round ...

  • Gibson House Museum

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    Toronto

    Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Visitors can step back in time and explore this ...

  • Stephen Leacock Museum

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    Orillia

    Stephen Leacock, Canada's beloved humourist spent his most creative time in what he coined as Lake Simcoe Country. Here in 1928 he built Leacock House, Toronto. The scale and ambience of the plans ...

  • Thunder Bay Museum

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    Thunder Bay

    A Museum, Historical Society and Archives for Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, Canada

  • Stratford Perth Museum

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    Stratford

    A museum featuring artifacts of the Perth County area. Lists hours of operation, calendar of events, and featured exhibits.

  • Arthur Child Heritage Museum

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    Gananoque

    The Museum provides the visitor with an inviting setting to reflect on the history of the area. The building is reminiscent of the original islands cottages and fabulous hotels that were built during ...

  • Fort Wellington National Historic Site

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    Prescott

    Kids can explore this historic site in Ontario, first built in 1812, an enjoy fun activities too from trying on costumes, to exploring gunboat wrecks!