Monthly Archives: July 2015

Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is situated on Wynford Drive at the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.  Land was purchased from the Shell Corporation, and the modernist Bata Shoe Headquarters were demolished.  The site is composed of the Museum, the Aga Khan Park and the Ismaili Centre.  The museum opened in September, 2014.

Aga Khan Museum
Aga Khan Museum and reflecting pond.

The museum’s contents include collections from His Highness the Aga Khan, the Institute of Ismaili Studies and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.

Courtyard Fountain from Egypt, 1500's
Interior Courtyard Fountain from Egypt, 1500’s

Silk Tunic from 1300's Iran

 

Intact silk brocade tunic originated in Iran in the 1300’s.  Note the extra long sleeves.

A massive carpet from the 1300's - possibly Samarkand
Safavid Carpet, mid 1500’s.  Made of wool, cotton and silk in Iran.

Revetment Tiles

 

A panel of revetment tiles from Damascus, Syria in the 17th century.

The museum is closed on Mondays.  On Wednesday, there are extended hours, and admission is free from 16:00 to 20:00.  Surface and underground parking is readily available.