Toronto Maritime Museum

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Toronto Maritime Museum
Established 1958
Location Stanley Barracks 1958-1998
Queens Quay, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1999-2008
Type Maritime museum

The Toronto Maritime Museum or Toronto Waterfront Museum or The Pier Museum (prior to 2000, Marine Museum or Marine Museum of Upper Canada) was a museum that celebrated the history of the Toronto waterfront, the history of commerce on the Great Lakes, and the role of maritime commerce in the development of the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The museum was previously housed in the historic Stanley Barracks, on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, next to the museum ship the tugboat Ned Hanlan. Then known as Marine Museum, it was opened by Louis Mountbatten of Burma in 1959.[1]

In 2000 the museum was moved to its current site, Pier 4 on Queens Quay at a former warehouse (c. 1930s), which is closer to downtown, and more accessible for tourists. Its second home was a marine warehouse built in the 1930s.[2] The museum featured a number of historic model ships.[3] The tugboat Ned Hanlan was part of the original exhibit, but did not move to the new site and since relocated to Hanlan's Point Ferry Terminal on Toronto Islands. The museum site was operated by City of Toronto Culture Division. The City of Toronto shut down the pier in 2001. [4]

As of 2008, the museum is no longer open at 245 Queens Quay West [5] and has been shut down for about five years. The exhibits are currently in storage, and organizers are looking for funding.

The building is now home to Pawsway and a restaurant.


The Museum was affiliated with the CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

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