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

Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150

Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150 explores the Era of Confederation through the stories of four family groups in Ontario, and how their lives intersected with larger historical forces of the period. The exhibit uses reproductions of images, and textual records, and artefacts from the Archives of Ontario and other institutions across the province to show multiple perspectives on life in Ontario during the late 19th century. Family Ties also includes a look at how Ontario celebrated the Centennial anniversary of Confederation in 1967.

Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150 runs until May 2018.

  • Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission is free.

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McClung enjoyed connecting students to historical documents, and in 1947, she initiated an innovative travelling exhibit that toured schools in the province.