Gallery Exhibits at the Archives of Ontario

Photograph of the Entrance to the Helen McClung exhibit gallery

The move to a purpose-built home has allowed the staff to preserve, promote, and showcase the Archives’ collection like never before. The Helen McClung Exhibit Area has carefully controlled temperature, humidity and light levels, allowing members of the public to view exhibits that incorporate the display of original records.

The Exhibit Area has been designed for maximum flexibility, with movable cases and temporary gallery walls. This allows us to safely display many formats of archival records, framed artworks, and three-dimensional objects.

Entrance to the Exhibit Area is free to the public during Archives of Ontario business hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
View of Gallery with On the Map Exhibit

Our Exhibits


The Archives’ most recent onsite exhibit Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War closed on June 4, 2016.  You can still discover the stories of Harry Mason and Sadie Arbuckle ,  L. Bruce Robertson , John Mould and Eaton’s soldiers in the Archives’ online exhibits.

The Helen McClung Exhibit Area is currently closed while we prepare the Archives’ next onsite exhibit, Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150!  Stay tuned for more details.”

Why Helen McClung?


The Helen McClung Exhibit Area is named for the first woman in Ontario who, upon her appointment as acting Archivist of Ontario, achieved deputy minister status. She served from 1939 to 1950.

McClung enjoyed connecting students to historical documents, and in 1947, she initiated an innovative travelling exhibit that toured schools in the province.