The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will foster dialogue and promote tolerance and mutual understanding among people.
As a vibrant educational institution, the Museum encourages the full spectrum of public engagement with its diverse Permanent Collection of more than 1,000 objects and its ever-changing roster of exhibitions and innovative programs – including music and dance performances, theatre, lectures, workshops, and film screenings.
The Aga Khan Museum has an international mandate. It maintains strong ties with such institutions as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. It is also deeply committed to forging relationships with Canadian institutions and communities. Together, these global and local connections generate exciting opportunities to enhance scholarship, inspire temporary exhibitions, and produce public programs honouring the spirit of collaboration upon which the Museum is built.
In designing the Aga Khan Museum, Fumihiko Maki, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, used light as his inspiration. He ensured not only that light is ever-present in the building, but that, depending on the time of day or season, light will animate the building in myriad ways: throwing patterns on the exterior walls of Brazilian granite, enhancing interior spaces, or illuminating the open-roofed courtyard. The building’s compact footprint — 81 metres long and 54 metres wide — contains an impressive variety of spaces, including two exhibition galleries, areas for art conservation and storage, a 350-seat theatre, and two classrooms. Within an unmistakably contemporary design, Maki incorporates historical elements originating in Islamic cultures, building bridges between eras as well as civilizations.
Across from the Museum is the Ismaili Centre Toronto, designed by renowned architect Charles Correa. The Centre incorporates spaces for social and cultural gatherings, intellectual engagement and for spiritual reflection. Its crystalline frosted glass dome roof, which marks the highest point of the 6.8-hectare site, is mirrored in the five granite-lined pools of the formal gardens — designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic — which are part of a landscaped park. The Aga Khan Park connects the Centre with the Museum and provides a place equally suited to tranquil reflection and dynamic programming.
Through the arts, the Aga Khan Museum will build bridges between cultures.
The Aga Khan Museum will provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors and guests of all ages.
During your visit we will:
- Provide a quality experience at every point in your visit.
- Serve as an educational resource, providing you with trustworthy content on the arts of Muslim civilizations.
- Offer insightful and engaging public programs that stimulate discussion within the context of mutual respect and diversity.
- Communicate accurate, reliable, clear, and timely information about the Museum.
- Remove barriers to access through our free programs and our continued commitment to an accessible environment. For more information please visit our Accessibility Page.
To uphold our commitment, we will put you, the visitor, at the centre of our decision making.
Our Service Standards
Our Service Standards help us deliver exceptional customer service and a life-enhancing visitor experience.
During your visit we will:
- Warmly greet, welcome, and acknowledge you at every point of contact.
- Actively listen and seek to understand and address your needs, and strive to meet, if not exceed, your expectations.
- Respond to your enquiry or issue in a timely manner and bring it to a resolution.
- Use your feedback to improve our services.
For contact information please visit our Contact Us page.
The Aga Khan Museum is wheelchair accessible. Drop-offs at the street-level entrance can be made prior to parking. For visitor convenience, wheelchairs are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Persons/Service Animals:
A support person accompanying a visitor with disabilities will be admitted to the Aga Khan Museum free of charge and may remain with the visitor at all times during the visit. A service animal may also accompany a visitor to all public areas of the Museum as well as the Park. For more information, please email email@example.com.
For more information please visit our Accessibility page.
We kindly ask that all visitors follow these rules when visiting the Museum. Please:
- Refrain from touching any of the artifacts or works of art.
- Consume food and drink outside the galleries and auditorium.
- Turn mobile phones to the vibrate setting in the galleries, and turn devices off in the auditorium.
- Turn camera flash off in the first floor (Museum Collections) galleries.
- Refrain from taking photos in the second floor (Temporary Exhibitions) galleries.
- Check large items (e.g., backpacks, umbrellas, selfie sticks, and tripods) in the cloakroom free of charge.
- Ask at the Tickets Desk before sketching in the galleries.
The Museum is monitored by video surveillance.
Visitors under the age of 14 must be accompanied for the entire duration of their visit by a chaperone who is at least 14 years of age.
77 Wynford Dr, North York, Toronto, ON M3C 1K1, Canada
Tue, 01 August, 2017, 9:00 am