September is the biggest tourist time in Toronto and if you’re headed this way, there are many cultural things to do for free.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) located at the corner of Avenue and University Streets has many interesting things for the young and old and everyone in between. They have a free night on Fridays where you can listen to music, catch a bite at one of the hot dog stands and browse through collections on dinosaurs, precious gems and ancient Africa. There’s much more do, you have to be there to find out.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) which is located at the corner of McCaul St. and Dundas St. West. has been renovated by Frank Gehry and the permanent collection which can get on for free on Wednesday nights is just as beautiful as the outside. They have a Café AGO if you’d like a bit to eat, the Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives if you’d like to do some work while you’re there and rentals of their art if you’re looking to impress a special client if you’re in for business or just to please your own eyes.

The Bata Shoe Museum which houses one of the rarest collections of shoes in the world is at the corner of St. George and Bloor Streets. It’s free on Tuesday nights and it’s a great place if you’re a student to meet other students because it’s close to the University of Toronto downtown campus. They also give school and group tours.

The Design Exchange (DX) which is in the heart of the financial district and housed in the old Toronto Stock Exchange building on the lower level at Bay and King Streets is a great place to see that all that relates to design. They have furniture, costumes, appliances and a funky gift store where you can find interesting stuff. The DX has the only collection of pre-1945 industrial design. Their free nights are on Thursdays. If you decide to become a member, admission is free at any time.

The Textile Museum of Canada is located at 55 Centre Ave. in Toronto. You can put that address in http://www.mapquest.ca to find out the exact location. On Wednesday nights they have a “pay-what-you-can.” Check out their website at http://www.textilemuseum.ca to find out more information.

Actually, Google all places you can find out more information about the different opportunities to explore culture in Toronto. Remember as well there are lots of great antique stores and galleries along Queen St. West that are always free to enter and you can enjoy looking at the art – and if you have some extra cash on hand, may even find something you like enough to buy.

Enjoy your time in Toronto!

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