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Online Exhibits at the Archives of Ontario

Explore our virtual exhibits, which feature various groups of records, cover a wide range of subjects, and highlight many different aspects of Ontario’s diverse past.

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Exhibit Spotlight -

Detail from Stratford — a colourful, geometric painting created by Donald Lewis circa 1968 and featuring Shakespeare and theatre imagery to depict Stratford, Ontario

ON Stage: Spotlighting the History of Theatre in Ontario

This exhibit traces the development of Ontario’s live theatre scene from its early stages of prominence in the 19th century to its important role in the province’s cultural landscape today. Showcasing the Archives of Ontario’s collections documenting the dramatic arts, it invites audiences to experience the past and present allure of the stage.

Exhibit Categories -

A note on exhibit categories: some exhibits are listed in multiple categories. In some cases, the entire exhibit is related to the category; in others, only part(s) of the exhibit is/are connected to the category.

Arts & Architecture


Black Canadian Histories


Collections Spotlight


Indigenous Traditions & Histories


Land, Environment, & Infrastructure


Life in the Past


People & Communities


Wartime Stories


Women in Archives