What are the hours and admission fee for Museum London?
The visiting hours for Museum London are Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to to 5:00 pm, and Thursday until 8:00 pm for the general public. Admission to Museum London is free with donations accepted.

Is there parking at Museum London?
Our parking lot (Municipal Lot #19) is managed by the City of London and accessed by heading westbound on Dundas St., go past Ridout St., then make a right turn into our lot). The fee for parking in our lot is $2.00 per hour or a flat rate of $6.00 after 6:00 pm. Parking vouchers must be purchased at the machine (credit card or coins, no bills) located in the parking lot, and the voucher must be displayed visibly on the dashboard of your vehicle. Failure to do so may result in a parking ticket. You can also use the HonkMobile app. Please do not park in the two reserved monthly parking spaces.

If the parking lot is full, alternative parking can be found nearby at 435 Ridout Street North (Zone #5013, north side of Queens Avenue) and 100 Queens Avenue (Zone #5000, north side of Queens Avenue across from the Ontario Courthouse). These lots are owned by Precise ParkLink (1-888-783-7275), and will require that you pay a fee. The metered parking spaces, located on both sides of Ridout Street directly in front of the Museum, are unavailable due to construction.

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).

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 Julie Bevan at 519-661-0333 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 Events Coordinator Lisa at 519-661-0333 ext. 4265.

Do you know where I can have my artwork cleaned, repaired or restored?

Yes, Art Conservation Services, Inc. is a professionally accredited Art Restoration service located here in Museum London. The privately-owned business has been operating within the Museum’s climate controlled and secure facilities since 2001.
Art Conservation Services provides specialized treatment for traditional and contemporary easel and mural paintings of various media and substrates. Their services also include restoration of painted objects, works of art on paper such as etchings and prints, and archival documents including maps, photographs, parchments and letters.
To see examples of their conservation treatments, visit www.artconservationservices.co.... You can make an appointment by phoning (519) 472-4138 or emailing info@artconservationservices.com.
Art Conservation Services provides conservation treatment and preservation consultation for museums (including Museum London), art galleries, government collections, corporate, commercial and private clients. Get in touch today!

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  community 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:

  • a professional CV (outlining your education and exhibition record, contact information and a brief description of your work);
  • visual support material consisting of up to 20 digital images (no power point presentations please), a CD or DVD. You may also refer us to a website.

If you are proposing a specific installation, please indicate of any technical requirements and exceptional installation costs.

Curatorial proposals should include:

  • a professional CV (outlining your education and curatorial record, contact information and a brief description of your work);
  • an exhibition thesis;
  • a list of proposed artists or lenders, with contact information
  • support material (see above);
  • preliminary budget and
  • installation requirements (including running feet and technological requirements).

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 519-661-0333 ext. 4230

Who decides how a show is placed here?
Museum London's shows are organized by curators Cassandra Getty, Curator of Art; Amber Lloydlangston, Curator of Regional History; and by Andrew Kear, Senior Curator and Head of Exhibitions, Collections, and Programs.

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.

OAC Exhibition Assistance Program
Museum London is a Zone 1 recommender for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Program:  Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance.

This program supports artists and artists’ collectives working in visual art, craft and media art by covering costs directly related to presenting their work in a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition.

Museum London accepts applications on an ongoing basis until allocated funds are exhausted or mid-January each year.