Museum London
Museum London
3.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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synToronto
Toronto, Canada981 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fee: Free to visit but donations are appreciated.
Setup: A small paid lot in the front. The ground floor has a museum store, space for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium and small snack shop (closed). The second floor houses some permanent works of local artists, Group of Seven, and temporary exhibitions. The basement level contained some local historical items.
You may take photos without a flash.
Overall: A nice place to stop if you are interested in the arts. Not crowded and free. Check out the small store for their items and perhaps local art for sale or rent.
Written September 6, 2021
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vivace_8
Toronto22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Half of the museum was under construction when I visited.
However, the second floor spaces were large and nicely laid out.
The exhibits unique and interesting.
The gift shop is small and displays crowded - not a place for children or strollers.
Staff not too knowledgeable about their merchandise.
I was told that a lovely shawl was locally hand-crafted; then discovered - on the tag - that it was made in Turkey.
Staff were not particularly helpful - only when I stepped up to ask.
However, admission is free; donations appreciated.
Written December 2, 2017
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,996 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
I think museums in general are a good thing and enjoy visiting them whenever I travel. Museum London is pretty much a local museum and while it has a pleasing, airy, and well-designed space, the content is strictly local.

The Museum London is in a modern and well-designed building near the RIver Thames in London, Ontario. There is parking out front (it's pay and display for $2 per hour - bring change). They also have a cafe and a gift shop selling original art, among other things.

Before you visit, take a look at the hours. In summer, they open at 11:00; it's noon at other times. Admission is by donation. I did not see a recommended amount, but we paid $5.

When we were there, there was very little on the first floor. Most of what is essentially their permanent collection is downstairs, and they have exhibitions upstairs. There were two or three exhibitions, one of Margaret Watkins, a Canadian photographer who was active beginning in the 1920s, and another of a local metal sculptor. The photographer was interesting, but there were many, many samples and I was left with the feeling that the exhibit would have been twice as good with maybe half as much. The last was of abstractions by Canadian artists, apparently comprised mostly of paintings from the museum's own collection.

The exhibition galleries were quite large. This suited the metal sculpture fine, but in places it seemed as if there wasn't enough art to fill or match the space.

Most of the regular collection appeared to be on the lower level. They displayed it mostly in one room with false walls organized roughly by period. I've seen that type of gallery display done in other museums, most notably the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, but I'm not sure it was as much of a success here, perhaps due to the more eclectic nature of the work. Some of the art was pleasing, particularly that of Paul Peel. Some less so. I think they recognized that the display was not ideal, calling it something like the "visible storage project."

We spent about an hour here, and I think that's the right amount of time.

While the building is very good, their on-line materials are also excellent. My sense was that they have the infrastructure down, but need more in the way of content.

The Museum London is a good, not great, local museum in an excellent structure. It's worth a visit, but probably not a major detour.
Written July 4, 2014
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,070 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
While in London for Sunfest, we walked over to Museum London to see their Canadian Art collection. Happy to catch their current exhibition Taking the Long View: The Museum London Art Collection. Hung in salon style, each gallery had its own scope: Faces of London, Paul Peel, London Regionalism, Group of Seven (with 32 works!), Places of London, and Contemporary Works. A really enjoyable stroll through the collection! We also enjoyed the Red! Yellow! Blue! The Meanings of Colour gallery. Very interesting. We ended our visit in the historical gallery on the lower level.
Written July 8, 2024
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CanadianGem
Ottawa, Canada34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Me and my fiancé love museums and so this was a must visit on our list in the city. We were both highly disappointed. I’m not sure if it’s because they are renovating and there is space that they can’t use, but there is barely anything to see. There were interesting things here and there but overall we were both tired afterwards because we were so bored. The admission is by donation and can be done before or after you walk it. I don’t know if this is good or bad because after doing it I don’t see how anyone would donate more than a toonie or two.
Written February 13, 2018
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pds209
New Westminster, Canada199 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
This place clearly has an identity crisis: Is it an art gallery or a history museum? Unfortunately, it performs neither function well. Despite having a wonderful venue within which to display art and artifacts, the curators have filled the space with temporary exhibitions that could only be of marginal interest to London visitors. As a history museum, Museum London can't hold a candle to its superb counterparts in Guelph and Waterloo Region. The temporary art exhibitions might be of interest to particular niche audiences, but certainly not to a general audience. The most telling aspect of my visit was that I literally didn't learn a thing about the history or culture of the London area, which is a shame. The only plus was that the restaurant is good: Otherwise the visit would have been a complete write-off!
Written August 3, 2016
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Leanne L
London, Canada28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
A friend and visited Museum London during Open Doors London. I have live in or near London most of my life yet have never been. So I was excited to check it out. It is a beautiful building. The description said it had some regional art work and 40,000 - 45, 000 artifacts from London's past. We toured the museum on our own, the art work although some of it was interesting and some had historical relevance to London, the rest appeared to be high school art. The entire museum seemed very sparse. I was confused, it didn't seem much like a museum at all. We then learned about the vault tour, and decided to do it. We thought that maybe this was where the artifacts were. We were right. But no one is allowed to walk around and see any of them. The vault tour involved standing in a room that contained all the artifacts, there was a few choice items out on a table for us to look at. They told us storied of how the vault was organized and how there was a large amount of memorabilia from Labatts and from LHSC but we weren't allowed to see it. It was bizarre. The vault room was temperature and moisture protected but things were not in cases, you could see the artifacts on the shelves from a distance. I just wanted to walk the aisles. There was sooooooo much unused space in the museum that could have displayed these artifacts that I don't understand why so much cool stuff is hidden in the basement.
Written September 29, 2013
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explorer044
Montreal, Canada90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is a lovely museum and a real bargain (donation)
The second floor holds art by local artists recent and old
A paper handout includes a title description of each piece as well as the name of the artist
Pieces from the Group of Seven are also displayed
A current exhibition being shown by Monkman is excellent
It recounts Canadian history through an often missing First Nation perspective
Written July 5, 2019
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FredBramble
Kalamazoo, MI24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The museum is a little bit small but it has some interesting exhibits. The facility is modern and easy to navigate, with helpful staff. Overall, 60-90 minutes should suffice to enjoy what's on offer.
Written June 28, 2018
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Hello
Ottawa, Canada58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
What can I say? I'm not interested in weird looking art from any age. It's not horrible but it's just boring. Will visit again if it had artifacts about London
Written July 8, 2016
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