Aga Khan Museum offers a unique introduction to Islamic culture, tradition and civilisations. It aims to educate and inspire visitors through a curated collection of art and relics sourced from around the world. Inside you can discover the Planispheric Astrolabe, a 14th-century bronze pendant traced to the Iberian Peninsula.
There are hand-painted ceramics dating back to the Ottoman Empire and masterpieces like “Siavush Marries Farangis”, an opaque watercolour painting featuring gold detail. The museum also hosts film screenings, workshops, lectures and pop-up exhibits.
The collection is housed inside a striking building designed by Japanese architect, Fumihiko Maki. It features a gleaming white granite facade with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, light-filled galleries and abstract spiral staircases. After touring the museum, stroll around the 6.8-hectare park dotted with serene reflection pools and formal gardens.
Aga Khan Museum is in Flemingdon Park, a 15-minute drive or one-hour bus ride from Downtown Toronto. The Broadview subway station is a 30-minute bus ride from the museum. Parking is available on site and Toronto Pearson International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.