MZTV Museum of Television

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MZTV Museum of Television
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The MZTV Museum and Archive seeks to protect, preserve and promote the Receiving Instruments of Television History. Whereas other North American Museums of Broadcasting feature Programs, ours is unique in its focus on the History of the Technology, as well as on the Sets Themselves. Together with related original papers, discs, books, magazines, toys and other ephemera the collection offers some 10,000 objects to scholars and students as well as the general public. The Museum’s mandate is to exhibit the world’s most comprehensive collection of North American Television Receivers for the formative fifty-year period from the 1920s to the 1970s. The MZTV Museum also aims to tell the story of the medium and to contribute to the understanding of the impact of television on the people who watch it.
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Solo
As always, as a resident of the city, I find gems like this wonderful museum only when I become a "tourist" myself.

What an incredible collection of Television's history is to be found at the MZTV Museum of Television.

I knew that Felix the Cat was the first image shown on North American broadcasting, but to see the actual figurine of Felix, that was used in 1928, was incredible!

Also on display, the 1939 New York Worlds' Fair RCA Phantom Teleceiver, in its original lucite cabinet is to step back 80 years and marvel at the new technology that so many marveled at in a day when anything seemed possible.

If you've ever turned on a TV set, you owe it to yourself to see what came before modern television, the inventors, the pioneers, and the works of art that were the beginnings of what we often take for granted.

Moses Znaimer, a broadcast pioneer in his own right has collected and has put on display this wonderful look back at all things of the airwaves.

I recommend this museum to all, and I will return to marvel again at this marvelous collection.
Written May 2, 2019
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DMC697
Yokohama, Japan7 contributions
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I had a great time at the MZTV museum. The director and two women working there welcomed me like a long-lost friend. They even gave me chocolates! The museum itself is wonderful. It must have one of the biggest collections of pre-war televisions in the world. We often associate the beginnings of television with the 1950s, but here you can learn all about much earlier origins. The exhibits are well-designed and informative. There's even a web app that gives detailed explanations, giving the wider social and technological context behind each era in the development of television. Overall, the museum is obviously a labour of love and the passion of those running it really comes through. It's a little out of the way, but well worth the visit.
Written September 5, 2018
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Jackie M
Toronto, Canada347 contributions
Couples
What a great hidden spot in Liberty Village! We had Darryl give us an amazing overview of this TV Museum. Darryl also made sure we had the app loaded which happens to be narrated by Darryl it is informative and well organized.
The museum is a delight, full of historic moments. The vintage TVs from around the world were an education in themselves.
Written October 25, 2018
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stacey m
Toronto, Canada109 contributions
Solo
i came here alone,,there is a cover charge,,but since there was nobody ,,really nobody ,,the door was open ..i came in and came out,,without payin haha,,so the place is small ,..has a lot of tv sets from far back in the past till now,,its interesting,,i would recommend visiting
Written December 14, 2011
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CeeU_There
Willowdale, Ontario27 contributions
A great, but not overwhelming display of television sets from the beginning of TVs. Part of a private collection owned by Moses Znaimer who was the genius behind CHUM TELEVISION/Citytv. His passion resonates in his collection of tv sets. This place can be squeezed into any day you are trying to find something to do. It doesn't take a lot of time to see it. Keep in mind, tv sets were design masterpieces or failures. They were part of the furniture/decor. I enjoyed visiting.
Written November 7, 2012
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Kimagic
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Family
Well organized and outlined Museum of Television right in the Heart of Liberty Village in Downtown Toronto. Some old TVs are even in operating conditions. Nice to see the images on the screen, how it used to be during the time of Black and White TV. Recommend to visit 4pm during the guided tour.
Written October 12, 2018
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toram23901
Toronto, Canada57 contributions
Family
It is a really nice collection of old TVs dating back to the 1920's when it was a "mechanical TV". Don't know what that is? Check it out at this museum.

It is a single room, but I did manage to spend 2 hours there looking at all the TV's and reading the labels. They have an MZTV app that gives some audio commentary to the exhibits.

It is worth going to if you enjoy history of things.
Written September 13, 2018
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honeybee1951
Toronto, Canada275 contributions
Friends
As part of "Doors Open" in Toronto today, we decided to visit the "Zoomerplex" in Liberty Village. We were totally impressed by the displays and information in the MZTV Museum. Anybody with an interest in television's history would love this place. They even have an App that you can download, so you can read/hear/see more about the various numbered items in the exhibit. We were also fortunate to be able to take a tour of the various studios in the complex, a couple of which were broadcasting "live", while we were there -- a very interesting couple hours!
Written May 26, 2018
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bette s
Cincinnati, OH10 contributions
Couples
My husband and I were in Toronto for a few days and had seen this museum listed in the points of interest section. It is a little off the beaten track but well worth the time to locate the museum. We were greeted by Daryl a former television producer, and he explained how the tour would work. There is an app on your phone that gives you a wonderful description of the collection with interesting videos attached as you walk through the exhibit. The collection begins with pre-war sets and continues through the 70's. What a fabulous collection. It was one of the highlight of our trip!!
Written March 28, 2018
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Brandon A
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The singular focus of the museum is its greatest strength. These classic televisions are a rare find, and reveal a lot about the technological and social culture in which they were made. For instance, while I had read that some people thought the government was spying on them via their televisions, I didn't know that a special television was made with a type of transparent glass for the 1934 World's Fair to prove to people that there were no tiny government officials in there looking to spy on them. It reveals all the hurdles that the television industry had to overcome to make their products appealing. I worked at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York, and our collection of classic televisions pales in comparison to what this museum has to offer.
In addition to other fascinating stories about television history, the experience of talking through this small museum is first class. I was greeted warmly by a staff member who was very informed about the museum's history and was enthusiastic about showing me around. He helped me to download the museum's app, which contains pictures of artifacts along with an audio tour of the museum. I couldn't have felt more welcome, and I couldn't recommend a visit to his little gem more wholeheartedly!
Written March 21, 2018
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