What are the hours and admission fee for Museum London
The visiting hours for Museum London are Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. On Thursdays we're open until 9:00 pm. Admission to Museum London is by donation.
Is there parking at Museum London?
Our parking lot is managed by the City of London. Parking must be purchased at the machine located in the parking lot, and the ticket must be displayed visibly on the dashboard of your vehicle. Failure to do so may result in a parking ticket. If the parking lot is full, alternative parking can be found across the street, on the north side of Queens Avenue. This lot is owned by Impark, and will require that you pay a fee. Also, there are metered parking spaces located on both sides of Ridout Street directly in front of the Museum. You will need change to park in our lot, or a credit card. If you need to make change, please visit our front desk for assistance. The fee for parking in our lot is $2.00 per hour and a flat rate of $6.00 after 6:00 pm.
What is the money in the donation box for?
Donations generously provided when entering the Museum help offset costs associated with the operations of Museum London, and allow us to provide free entry to Museum London.
Can I learn more about what's going on downtown at Museum London?
Yes, we have a brochure stand near the entrance of the Museum, but please visit Tourism Londons website at www.londontourism.ca, where you can click on London Hotspots, which provides a comprehensive list, description, map and images of the best places to visit in London, Ontario.
Why are we called Museum London?
Museum London is a multidisciplinary institution, housing and exhibiting works of historical art, contemporary art and historical artifacts. The term 'museum' provides a comprehensive description of what we do and references the artifacts we exhibit as well as both historical and contemporary art (i.e. Museum of Modern Art, New York). The term would refer only to art, disregarding the important historical aspect to our organization. The name was changed in 2001.
When was the building built?
Museum London's current building was constructed in 1980. The architect was renowned Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama.
How can I make a donation of art, artifacts or money?
If you are interested in making a donation of art, artifacts or money, please contact Executive Director Brian Meehan at 519.661.2500 ext 4241.
Can Museum London be rented for private parties?
Yes, Museum London rents out certain spaces for meetings and special events. For more information, please contact our Events Coordinator at 519.661.2500 ext. 4265.
Why is a show no longer on display?
The length of time our exhibitions are on display varies. Typically, we show one year-long exhibition from our permanent collection, and multiple other exhibitions throughout the year, which usually span four months in length. In this way, we are able to offer enough time for visitors to see the show, with the ability to continuously offer new visual stimulus to our audiences.
How does Museum London choose exhibitions?
Our curatorial staff develop a program of exhibitions based on many factors. We may wish to explore specific issues in contemporary art, examine work in a particular medium or give opportunities to artists at a certain point in their careers. In all cases our choices are made within a larger context to advance the critical discussion and address a variety of audiences.
We regularly consider proposals for specific exhibitions from other institutions, independent curators and artists. We also endeavour to stay abreast of work by a community of artists, keeping their work in mind as we develop our overall exhibition program. To this end, it is always useful for receive information about the current practice of individual artists.
The Museum's programs are funded primarily through grants provided by arts councils at the provincial and federal level. We therefore comply with a number of guidelines as determined by our funders. With the exception of programs developed in partnership with regional school boards, the Museum does not exhibit the work of students, recreational artists, or host juried exhibitions or craft shows.
Only work by professional artists will be considered for exhibition at Museum London. This includes individuals with accredited post secondary training and/or an exhibition history in independent publicly-funded galleries, and those making work that develops and adds to a contemporary visual language that is acknowledged by professional peer assessment.
What to Submit?
An artist's submission should include:
If you are proposing a specific installation, please indicate of any technical requirements and exceptional installation costs.
Curatorial proposals should include:
Please indicate if you would like your materials returned, in which case you should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. We will sometimes keep such materials on file for reference. Submissions are reviewed by the curatorial team before we will reply.
Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to:
Krista Hamlin Curatorial Assistant, Exhibitions and Collections 421 Ridout St. London ON N6A 5H4 519-661-2500 ext. 4230
Who decides how a show is placed here?
Museum London's shows are organized by curators. Cassandra Getty, the Curator of Art and Melanie Townsend, the Head of Exhibitions and Collections and by Brian Meehan, Executive Director and Chief Curator.
Can I bring a large group to the Museum?
Guests intending to bring groups larger than 12 people to Museum London are encouraged to call ahead to ensure the best experience possible. We highly recommend booking a tour guide both for guest enjoyment and safety, as well as the safety of the art and artifacts. Pre-booking a guided tour two weeks in advance is the best way to ensure a meaningful visit.
My organization is planning a scavenger hunt and we want to include Museum London. How should we do this?
Organizations planning to include Museum London in city-wide scavenger hunts should contact the Museum at 519.661.0333. We want to provide the best experience for your participants, both for guest enjoyment and safety, as well as the safety of the art and artifacts. We can assist in the easy development of questions, plus seek-and-find entries.
Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm
Open at 11:00 am from May 23 to September 3
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