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Online Exhibits at the Archives of Ontario

As of September 29, 2022 the Archives of Ontario has launched the Archives and Information Management System (AIMS). The AIMS integrates the Archives Descriptive Database, the BIBLiON Library Catalogue, the Government of Ontario Art Collection (GOAC) and the Visual Database into one online tool. As a result, you may encounter broken links to the old databases on our website. We are working at updating these links to the AIMS. If you encounter a broken link and need assistance, please contact us. 

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.

We aim to make our online content accessible for all. If you require assistance accessing our website, and online tools and resources, please contact us.

Exhibit Spotlight -

Ottawa Light, 2017, by Elizabeth Elkin

The Ontario Society of Artists and the Government of Ontario Art Collection online exhibit

Founded in 1872, the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) is Canada’s oldest continuously operating professional art society. This revised exhibit explores the OSA’s fascinating history tied to art education, provincial galleries, and the Government of Ontario Art Collection (GOAC). Featuring historic and contemporary donations by OSA artists to the GOAC, including 28 new works received in 2020, it offers a glimpse of Ontario through the eyes of its talented artists.

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