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The Best Late-Night Museum Events In Toronto | Autumn 2015
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The Best Late-Night Museum Events In Toronto | Autumn 2015

Picture of Shae Loeffelholz
Updated: 11 December 2015
If you thought museums were only for field trips or rainy days, you were wrong! The fall season brings out the best in art galleries around Toronto, with noteworthy events taking place after dark. From charity ceramics to hot DJs, the parties at the city’s finest museums get started just after closing time.

Friday Night Live at The Royal Ontario Museum

Dance with the dinosaurs at these late-night events! The ROM is letting you get an after-hours pass to celebrate their new season of ROM Friday Night Live with DJs, live performers, and a variety of food vendors on every floor. Nightly themes range from Thanks Canada to Day of the Dead to Volcanic Bash. Dress to impress because Friday nights will go down in history!

The Autumn 2015 ROM FNL runs Fridays from October 2 to November 27; doors open at 8pm.

Early-bird tickets can be bought online or at the door on the night of the event, starting at 7pm.

The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 586 8000

The First Thursday Series at The Art Gallery of Ontario

With talks, tunes, and tours, First Thursdays have made the AGO the place to be on a Thursday evening. The AGO rang in the beginning of their fall season of First Thursdays with the 10th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-night art show throughout museums, galleries, and the city. Missed out on Nuit Blanche? No worries! This AGO evening program takes place the first Thursday of nearly every month, showcasing performers and artists from near and far and even includes special talks with the artists themselves.

Tickets can be bought online or at the door, but be forewarned: First Thursdays regularly sell out, so we advise buying tickets in advance. Doors open at 7pm.

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 877 225 4246

Thursday Evenings at the Bata Shoe Museum

With extended hours on Thursday nights and pay-what-you-can admission, The Bata Shoe Museum offers an array of exhibitions that the shoe lover would dream to see. Now in their 20th year, the museum has three galleries, with temporary exhibitions on show, in addition to their permanent installment All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages — the museum is always changing. From fashion in the 19th century to men wearing heels, the museum is both fun and informative for all ages and fashion enthusiasts alike.

Visit the museum from 10am-8pm on Thursdays with pay-what-you-can admission from 5pm-8pm.

Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 7799

Wednesday Evenings at The Aga Khan Museum

Offering a variety of art forms, The Aga Khan Museum is a gallery to show Muslim culture and heritage and teach Canadians all they have to offer. Wednesdays showcase even more with extended hours and free admission; each Wednesday, all galleries and exhibitions are free to the public from 4pm to 8pm. Their exhibitions are always rotating with artifacts, as well as live performances in music, dance, and theatre, lecture, workshops, and films. Keeping ties with other museums worldwide, their mission is to create and maintain relationships within communities.

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk or by phone.

The Aga Khan Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm, with extended hours from 10am-8pm on Wednesdays (free admission 4pm-8pm).

Closed Mondays except statutory holiday Mondays.

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 646 4677

Empty Bowls 2015 at Gardiner Museum

For a change of theme, try a charity event at the Gardiner Museum. Home to beautiful sculptures and pottery, the Empty Bowls campaign raises money for Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a native center working towards the traditional ways of healing those in need. Local potters donate handmade bowls to the event, and soup is served. Last year, the museum was able to raise $15,000 towards the fund. Bowl designs are one of a kind — and first come, first served — so be sure to get there early!

Tickets available by phone only.

Empty Bowls 2015 is held on Thursday, October 15th from 5pm-7:30pm.

Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 586 8080

By Shae Loeffelholz

Shae Loeffelholz, was born and raised in London (Ontario. Not the cool one), and is currently attending Ryerson University in their BA English program. When not attending classes, she can be found curled up in her bed reading a good book or watching Netflix, and sometimes doing homework.