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


October 2014 – June 2016

Title of exhibit for World War I

World War I was a pivotal moment in the life of Canada. The conflict profoundly altered the political, economic and social landscape of Canada. And, just as the life of Canada as a whole was forever changed, so were the lives of countless Canadians – both on the battlefront and at home.

Dear Sadie – Love, Lives, and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War, currently on display in the Helen McClung Exhibit Area, tells the stories of four ordinary Ontarians faced with an extraordinary event. In their own words, a soldier in the trenches, a surgeon in the field, a pilot in France and his sweetheart in Toronto tell of the compassion and the frustration, the horror and the heartbreak caused by the Great War.
Life-sized imagery, powerful graphics and poignant personal accounts will immerse visitors in a world on its deathbed – while reassuring them of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Don’t miss this compelling commemoration of Ontario’s First World War. Admission is free.

The Helen McClung Exhibit Area is open:

  • 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.
Love,Lives, Remembrance exibit onsite

The Helen McClung Exhibit Area
The Helen McClung Exhibit Area

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.