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After 20 years of planning and study, five years of fundraising (we’re not done yet), and nearly two years of construction, the Fort York Visitor Centre is finally here! Thanks to generous donors like you, together with the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto, Fort York National Historic Site is finally getting its fantastic new introductory building – a place to begin your journey into Fort York and Toronto’s urban beginnings.

The official ribbon-cutting will take place on Friday 19 September, with festivities and programming for Fort York’s On Common Ground festival, including full access to the Visitor Centre during the Grand Opening Weekend, extending through Saturday and Sunday.

A series of Inaugural Exhibits have been prepared for the Visitor Centre’s opening. They include:

  • The Great War – in Your Cellar, Closet or Storage Locker: Typical Canadian Objects from the First World War;
  • Charles Pachter’s “1812: The Art of War” Series: Pop Art Perspectives on Conflict;
  • Outfitted for War: Canadian Uniforms and Weapons of the First World War;
  • Art and the Great War, A Toronto Perspective: Works from the City of Toronto’s Artifact, Fine Art and Archival Collections;
  • 100 Years of War & Peace: A Multimedia Installation in the Time Tunnel by Nestor Kruger.

These exhibits will lead visitors through the entire building: from the Lobby to the Orientation Theatre, the Vault and the Changing Exhibits Gallery (all at Fort York Boulevard-level) and out onto Garrison Common (upper-level) via the ramped Time Tunnel pointing towards Fort York’s west gate entrance.

The inaugural exhibits will take us through most of 2015, until next fall, when we expect Magna Carta to arrive at the Fort York Visitor Centre, on exhibit for three weeks during its 800th-anniversary tour of Canada. Following the Magna Carta exhibit, the “permanent” exhibits – exhibits that have long been planned and designed for the Visitor Centre’s three principle exhibit spaces – the Vault; the Changing Exhibit Gallery; and the Time Tunnel — will be installed, with your continuing much appreciated and required support.

In order to help us build and install the permanent exhibits, please visit our DONATE page and continue to help the Fort York Foundation realize the vision of a fully revitalized Fort York National Historic Site.