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Gallery Exhibits at the Archives of Ontario

As our building is closed to the public, please note the Helen McClung Exhibit Area is closed until further notice.

L’aire d’exposition Helen McClung

Exhibits in the Helen McClung Exhibit Area showcase the work, collections, and services of the Archives of Ontario, and tell innovative and unique stories found within our holdings.

Onsite exhibits also include smaller case exhibits found in the Archives’ lobby, client lounge and reading room. These displays showcase and promote diverse publications, artwork and records from the Archives’ library, art and archival collections.

Entrance to the Archives of Ontario’s onsite exhibits is free during our regular business hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Our onsite exhibits have several accessibility features, including a raised line orientation map, tactile graphics with braille text, and large font for interpretive text. For information about the accessibility of our public facility, please consult the accessibility section of our website.
For those unable to visit the Archives of Ontario in person, you can also explore amazing stories and records from Ontario’s past in our online exhibits.

View of Gallery with On the Map Exhibit

Our Exhibits

Archives publiques de l'Ontario, ANIMALIA

Humans aren’t the only ones documented in our collections! Other species have also left their mark on Ontario’s history.

ANIMALIA: Animals in the Archives explores how humans’ relationships with other animals, and the methods we’ve used to document these relationships, have changed over time.

In this exhibit, you’ll learn about five distinct animal groups in Ontario—fish, bears, horses, dogs and birds—and discover how animals connect us to the land, provide food for many, help us get around, and enrich our lives. The diverse ways humans have recorded, remembered, and affected other animals often says as much about us as it does about them.

If you can’t visit the Archives in person, or if you’re just wild for more animal records from our collections, check out these additional resources:

You can also discover more #ArchivesANIMALIA content and share your own animal stories by joining the Archives on Twitter and Facebook in English (@ArchivesOntario) or in French (@ArchivesON).

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.