City of Toronto

Museums & Heritage Services

EDC operates 10 historic sites – including Toronto's birthplace, the iconic Fort York National Historic Site – that collectively tell the story of Toronto. Staff manage, maintain, and lead the development and adaptive reuse and restoration of 100 City-owned major cultural and heritage sites.

Toronto's Historic Museums

  • Staff manage 10 Toronto historic sites and offer a broad range of programs, events and exhibits
  • EDC facilitates rental of all sites for a variety of business and social functions such as corporate meetings, weddings and birthday parties.

Collections and Conservation

  • EDC is responsible for the care, conservation and display of a large and significant collection of historic objects – 150,000 items such as furniture, clothing and documents – as well as roughly 1.1 million archaeological objects that are authentic and tangible reminders of Toronto's history.
  • EDC acts as the steward of the City's fine art collection, conserving the more than 2,500 moveable works of art, many dating back to the 19th century and making them available and accessible to the public.

Operational Support

  • Staff manage the restoration, maintenance and major service improvement of 100 City-owned heritage buildings located on a total of 40 properties.
  • Sites include: Spadina Museum, Colborne Lodge and Casa Loma to cultural centres such as Berkeley Street Theatre and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
  • Staff lead and manage the development of adaptive reuse and restoration of major sites such as the Evergreen Brickworks, the Guild and the Roundhouse.

Contact

Larry Ostola
Director
416-392-9135
lostola@toronto.ca

Linda Irwin
Manager, Museums
416-338-0435
lirwin@toronto.ca
David O'Hara
Manager, Fort York Historic Site
416-392-6907 ext. 222
dohara@toronto.ca
Wayne Reeves
Chief Curator
416-392-6830
wreeves@toronto.ca

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