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Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

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Immerse yourself in the heritage of Muslim civilizations at Aga Khan Museum, showcasing Islamic and Persian art and culture. Explore Muslim heritage through manuscripts, drawings, paintings, metalwork, and ceramics dating from the 8th to 19th centuries. Examine pages from a Qur'an dating from the 8th century, or the earliest-known copy of Avicenna's Qanun fi'l-Tibb, dated 1052. Join one of the guided tours and explore the galleries, special exhibits, and striking architecture of the building--designed by celebrated architect Fumihiko Maki. Keep an eye out for clever ways Maki has used sunlight to illuminate particular areas and features of the museum. Make Aga Khan Museum a centerpiece of your Toronto vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Toronto vacation route planner.
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  • The museum is a little out of the way (soon to be corrected, I believe, by a subway stop). The permanent collection offers some excellent examples of Islamic art, placed in context. By art, I don't me...  more »
  • If you haven't visited this new museum, place it high on your list of must see places in Toronto. The building and layout of the galleries is stunning and above all, educational. There is an excellent...  more »
  • Well run museum, clean and really good gift shop. Actually volume of exhibits is not large but the 9th century ceramics are so impressive especially as still displayed in the cabinets originally in th...  more »
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  • A wonderful peaceful place to visit for artifacts, arts, music or just to chill out in the coffee shop. The permanent collection is vibrant and colorful and they bring a good variety of works for their exhibitions.
  • I recently came to this museum. it was easy for my friend and I to drive through. There is plenty of parking. The museum is beautiful, inside and out. There honestly isn't too much to see inside. My tip is to not expect seeing the amount of items you would see at the ROM or AGO. It's also worth checking ahead of time what special exhibits will be on display for when you plan on going. Once you're done inside be sure to walk around the garden situated right outside.
  • I had seen the museum many times driving by and finally had an opportunity to visit. The visit was very worthwhile and I found the harmony between the architecture, landscape architecture and the art itself to be quite stunning. We also took a look at the cultural center next door and happened to arrive as a tour was beginning (no charge). The docent was excellent and building design and layout is unlike anything I have seen before (especially the prayer hall), either in Toronto or abroad. The staff was warm, welcoming and very informative and I would highly recommend both the museum visit and cultural center tour for Torontonians or visitors alike.
  • It's NOT the ROM/Met/British Museum .. but I'm impressed! Building & grounds remarkable (sparse, perhaps), service good, permanent collection well worthwhile - and teaching me about a part of world culture I've been missing. Special exhibits 2015-16 were also really good. Hopeful that artifact donations/loans can expand the collection over time. Wish the restaurant would stay open for dinner, however, and dislike the $10 flat rate parking (recent change, they should fix that!). Our faves are the courtyard and Bellerive Room .. to just sit and soak it in!
  • The lower level exhibits are amazing and the lighting is absolutely divine. The pieces doesn't seem to have a glass casing at all! (No self reflection). There are kid friendly rooms and basically something for everyone to explore.