1857 First Publicly Funded Museum Opened

  • Rules, Character of Objects and Principal Contents of the Education Museum of Upper Canada

    In 1857, Egerton Ryerson opened Canada′s first publicly funded museum, The Education Museum of Upper Canada, in the Toronto Normal School to show copies of European art and to encourage training of teachers in fine art and design. The museum was created for student teachers and staff both as a teaching aid and as a centre of cultural reflection in which students and teachers would be exposed to great works of art and the benefits found therein. The museum was also open to the public.

    J. George Hodgins

    Printed paper

    2012.X.022.p157

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