Have a special knack for ceramics, shoes, textiles or period decor? This is your guide to uncovering the lesser-known hidden gems for all your niche interests.

People outside the Aga Khan Museum.
The Aga Khan Museum's building architecture alone is a work of art

Aga Khan Museum

Music and dance performances, plus theatre, lectures, workshops and film screenings, coexist with the permanent collection at this museum dedicated to the history of Islamic civilizations.

The Gardiner Museum focuses on making, looking and thinking through clay and ceramics

Gardiner Museum

The ceramic arts are celebrated in Gardiner’s permanent collection and intriguing exhibitions. Try a drop-in open-studio clay class.

Shoe fiends—discover footwear of all kinds and through time at the Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum

Shoeaholics will delight in this staggering display of footwear, housed in a striking, shoebox-shaped building. Ancient Egyptian sandals, chestnut-crushing clogs and 20th-century celebrity shoes are all here!


Craft Ontario

The province’s member-based crafters’ organization hosts public exhibitions of artisan works, including furniture and textile sculptures, in its airy gallery. It’s also home to the Craft Ontario Shop and Inuit & Native Gallery.

Explore culturally significant artifacts at the Textile Museum of Canada

Textile Museum of Canada

Mirroring Toronto’s diversity, over 200 global regions are represented in this downtown museum’s more than 13,000-piece collection, which includes rare religious artifacts.

Discover the art of yoga at the Art Gallery of Mississauga

Art Gallery of Mississauga

Canadian art is the focus at this gallery, where you might spot iconic works and contemporary digital photographic artwork. Check for events like pay-what-you-can drop-in yoga.

Find the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery right on the edge of the lakefront

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Part of a working power plant until 1980, Harbourfront’s tall smokestack will lead you to this gallery, which celebrates more than 30 years this year. Enjoy sweeping lake views, along with thought-provoking exhibitions by leading Canadian and international contemporary artists.


Spadina Museum

If you love period shows like Downton Abbey, Spadina House captures Jazz Age Toronto as experienced by the Austin family, in a manse that’s now a museum. Discover period decor and artifacts, along with six acres of restored 1905 gardens.