Culture is Re-Opening in Markham!

“Art and culture are nonetheless vital, essential even, to what it means to be human.” – Astra Taylor

Welcome back to the Markham Museum and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham! We are thrilled to once again open our doors and share our diverse collection of Canadian art, history, and culture with you. Come experience the City of Markham’s cultural attractions and know that our staff is taking every precaution to keep you safe.

Visit the Varley Museum

Varley Art Gallery of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, located in the heart of historic Main Street Unionville, has reopened for self-guided tours of two exhibits: Elusive Desires: Ness Less and Florence Yee and Subject/Object/Process: Works from the Permanent Collection.

“In the inner soul, art and life are inseparable.” – Eva Hesse

The Varley Art Gallery is an essential part of Markham’s community and a home for artists and art lovers alike. The Gallery strives to influence local and national audiences to think critically about art, both through its exhibitions and its educational programs relevant to the cultural landscape in which we exist. The Varley Art Gallery also shares and celebrates the life and work of its namesake F.H. Varley, a founding member of the iconic Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery is excited to share that both these significant exhibits are on view for you to enjoy until January 2, 2022, and that the admission is free! Take advantage of what Markham has to offer, but be sure to pre-book your visit today here. Walk-ins will be accommodated, if space permits. If your plans change and you’re unable to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your booking so that others may register and enjoy the exhibits.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for all visitors who are 12 years of age and older – provincially defined medical exemptions are permitted.

Come join us during the following hours of operation:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday: Noon to 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We can’t wait to see you again!

Markham Museum

Coming up just around the corner on October 6, the Markham Museum will reopen for self-guided tours of its beautiful 25-acre outdoor grounds.

“Fall” into the spirit of autumn as you stroll through apple orchards and appreciate the scenery of our historic buildings and gardens! Become your own tour operator as you scan a QR code using your mobile phone to access stories from Markham’s past. Once again, the Museum is proud to share our community’s rich history of agricultural and technological innovation with you!

Enjoy the Markham Museum

Admission is just $5! Proof of vaccination is required by all visitors 12 years of age or older to enter the grounds – just as stated above, provincially defined medical exemptions apply.

Due to capacity, we ask that you pre-book your visit to the Museum here. Walk-ins will be permitted on a capacity basis.

The Markham Museum’s hours of operation will be Wednesday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Last admission will be at 3 PM.

In the meantime, you’re invited to enjoy the Markham Museum’s online experiences such as Markham Moves and Tradition and Innovation: The Importance of Agriculture to Markham 1820-1920.

We hope to see you soon, Markham!

A Joint Message from our Directors

Dear Friends of the Varley Art Gallery & the Markham Museum,

We’re excited to welcome you back to enjoy arts and culture safely this Fall!

When you visit us, you’ll notice we’ve made some changes to ensure a safe experience for all visitors… but you can expect to see the same friendly faces and quality customer service from the Varley and Museum staff.

When entering either the Varley or the Museum, you must show:

  • Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccination receipt or other government issued vaccination record indicating that you are fully vaccinated, and it has been 14 days past your second shot;
  • Identification including name and date of birth (photo ID is not required); and,
  • Proof of completion of City of Markham COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire on your mobile device or a printed copy.

Throughout the pandemic, the City of Markham has taken a balanced and cautious approach to reopening safe. Requiring all visitors who are 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated provides safer arts and culture experiences and keeps our community safe.

The health and safety of our visitors, community, and our staff remains our number one priority as we navigate the pandemic, together.

We also invite you to learn about what other arts and culture experiences the City has to offer this season. Download the #MyMarkhamPass for free to unlock curated discounts across town – you’ll be able to help support local businesses by rounding off your day with a coffee or a bite to eat at one of our many notable restaurants or cafes.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay kind. We are all in this together.


Niamh O’Laoghaire
Niamh O’Laoghaire
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
Cathy Molloy
Cathy Molloy
Markham Museum

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Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
905.477.5530 || Send an Email
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