Aga Khan Museum
The Aga Khan Museum provides a window into the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to the world.
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario
4.5 | 1893 Ratings

Details


The Permanent Collection of The Aga Khan Museum presents paintings, objects and architectural pieces from the civilizations of the Muslim world, with an emphasis of the Arab Near East, the Iranian world and Hindustan (the north and west of Indian subcontinent). The display follows a chronological order, it begins with the early spread of Islam beyond the Arabian Peninsula following the death of the Prophet Mohammad in 632 CE. The works of Art are grouped in a way that underlines the highly distinctive character of cultures and profoundly differ from one another and stretch from the Atlantic shores to the Pacific Ocean.

The Museum also houses collections of Islamic art and heritage from the private collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.

In addition to displaying the Museum's core collection from multiple perspectives, the Aga Khan Museum features several temporary exhibitions each year that respond to current scholarship, emerging themes, and new artistic developments. The Museum’s Collections and Exhibitions are complemented by programmes in performing arts.


Hours
Monday 10:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am-8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm
Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

Phone
416-646-4677

Email
information@agakhanmuseum.org


Address
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario

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The Collection

The core collection of the Aga Khan Museum includes works of art that were collected by the uncle of His Highness the Aga Khan. The late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933-2003) started collecting in the 1950s, while still studying at Harvard University, and with his wife, Princess Catherine Aga Khan, continued to collect throughout his life. The greatest strength of his collection lies with the arts of the book. Those treasures, along with others from the collection, were exhibited around the world in the years before the Museum’s 2014 opening. His Highness the Aga Khan and his family have continued to contribute to the growth of the collection that is now the foundation of North America’s first museum exclusively dedicated to Islamic arts.

Emperors & Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the Al-Sabah Collection

Discover the deep roots of contemporary fashion’s love affair with men’s jewellery and adornments in this display of exquisitely crafted jewelled artworks from Mughal India. Decorated with gems such as diamonds and carved from semi-precious stone like jade, the objects in this exhibition are drawn from Kuwait’s al-Sabah Collection, one of the foremost collections of Islamic arts in the world.

Diwan

Diwan offers innovative approaches to Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian cuisines, special dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of cultures featured in Aga Khan Museum exhibitions, and an ambience that blends 18th-century decorative art with contemporary design and comfort.