Access to all museum galleries
|Departure from Toronto Hotels||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||Closed||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM|
|Departure from Markham Hotels||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||Closed||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM|
|Departure from North York Hotels||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||Closed||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM|
|Departure from Richmond Hill Hotels||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||Closed||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM||10:15 AM to 10:30 AM|
|Departure from Aga Khan Museum Back to Hotel||4:00 pm||4:00 pm||Closed||4:00 pm||4:00 pm||4:00 pm||4:00 pm|
Aga Khan Museum in Toronto
The Agha Khan museum is located in North York, just outside of Downtown Toronto. It is one of the newest museums in Canada.
In designing the Aga Khan Museum, Fumihiko Maki, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, used light as his inspiration. He ensured not only that light is ever-present in the building, but that, depending on the time of day or season, light will animate the building in myriad ways: throwing patterns on the exterior walls of Brazilian granite, enhancing interior spaces, or illuminating the open-roofed courtyard. The building’s compact footprint — 81 metres long and 54 metres wide — contains an impressive variety of spaces, including two exhibition galleries, areas for art conservation and storage, a 350-seat theatre, and two classrooms. Within an unmistakably contemporary design, Maki incorporates historical elements originating in Islamic cultures, building bridges between eras as well as civilizations.
Lunch at Diwan
We are excited to announce that renowned chef Mark McEwan now brings his culinary magic to all food & beverage services at the Museum, including Diwan, Courtyard Café, and catering.
Diwan’s stunning décor evokes the luxury of a private Syrian home in the early 19th century. Its wooden panels, hand-carved and painted, form part of the Aga Khan Museum’s “Damascus Room” acquisition. The oldest examples of such panels date to the early 17th century in Aleppo, and similar rooms are preserved in Damascus, Hama, Sidon, and Antakya. The mirrors, partly original, and the repertoire of motifs of the Aga Khan Museum’s “Damascus Room” suggest the influence of European Baroque and Rococo art.
Between January 27 and February 9, enjoy a $28 prix fixe lunch.
Also this season, be sure to not miss out on Diwan’s special culinary experience with Chef Mark McEwan on February 9.
When you visit the museum, be sure to plan a lunch at Diwan by booking a table here.
The Gardens of Aga Khan Museum
One of the Best Places for Photos in Toronto
Be sure to set some time to visit the gardens of the Aga Khan Museum. If you are a photographer, blogger, or love instagram, the visit to the gardens is a must. With you museum or shuttle bus ticket you will have access to the grounds.
Aga Khan Museum and Shuttle Bus Questions
Are Other Departure Times Available?
No. Only the departure times shown on this schedule.
However, we can arrange a flat rate taxi for $50 (sedan), each way, tax included or an SUV $60, each way, tax included. To book a flat rate taxi please email firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your date, time, and mobile number.
Are Other Departure Locations Available?
No. Only the locations listed here are available.
However, we can arrange a flat rate luxury taxi as follows:
Toronto/Markham/North York/Richmond Hill Location:
- $50 Sedan, each way, tax included
- $60 SUV, each way, tax included
- $65 Sedan, each way, tax included
- $75 SUV, each way, tax included
Please email email@example.com if you wish to book a flat rate luxury taxi.
Does the Bus Make Additional Stops?
Generally speaking, the bus goes direct to Aga Khan Museum after 1 or 2 stops. From certain hotels where it is difficult for a bus to enter, we may send a courtesy vehicle to take you to the bus.
Can I Arrange a Hotel Pick-Up?
Yes. We offer hotel pick-up. Just select your hotel on the second page of the booking form.
Are There Child or Senior Prices?
No. Our prices are all flat fee.
How Far in Advance do I have to Book?
Please book at least 3 hours in advance.
How Frequently Do the Buses Run?
Tuesday to Sunday, once a day per the schedule above.
When Do We Arrive Back at the Hotel
The departure time from Aga Khan Museum is listed above. The journey back to the hotel is about 30 minutes.
What is Your Contact Information?
You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our telephone number is also included on your booking receipt. To keep ticket prices low, we do not answer inquiries by phone. Most of the questions about directions, schedules, prices, are posted on this site.
Do I Have to Buy a Shuttle Bus Ticket?
No. You can just buy the Museum Ticket and find your own way to the Museum by public transit or taxi.
All Hotels in Toronto, Markham, North York, and Richmond Hill
The shuttle service picks up from +100 hotels. To see if your hotel is listed simply see the Shuttle Bus Booking form above. You will be asked for your Hotel pick-up location on the second booking page.
Your Shuttle bus ticket is round trip. The return is at 4pm from the Aga Khan Museum.
In this tale the daughter of Haftvad is spinning cotton with her female friends one day outside the village and discovers a worm in her apple. She decides to keep the worm, regarding it as a lucky charm, and places it in her spindle case for safekeeping. She asserts that the worm will help her to spin greater quantities of cotton than she ever has before, and to her friends’ amazement her boast is realized. With each day she spins greater quantities of cotton and nurtures the worm by feeding it pieces of apple. When her father, Haftvad, learns of this, he takes the worm to be a good omen and over time it grows to fill a custom-made chest, and then a stone cistern. After five years, it is as large as an elephant and has to be housed in a fortress. As the worm grows, so do Haftvad’s fortunes. When King Ardashir learns of this, he becomes jealous and suspicious and plots to kill the worm. Eventually, Ardashir succeeds in penetrating the fortress and kills the worm by pouring molten lead down its throat. The tale ends with the deaths of Haftvad and his sons, vanquished by Ardashir’s army. This painting, one of a few signed works in the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp I, is among the last added to the book. A signature, reading “Dust Muhammad painted it” (savvarahu Dust Muhammad), combined with written sources, identifies the artist as Dust Muhammad Musavvir or Dust-i Divana. Although the implications of the signature remain unclear — did he design the composition and/or execute the painting in whole or in part? — the painting is one of the strongest in Shah Tahmasp I’s Shahnameh. The vignette of Haftvad’s daughter spinning cotton at the lower left activates the pictorial narrative, but the remainder of the painting is conceived as evidence of Haftvad’s good fortune. The village, an aggregate of many finely made buildings, bustles with the activities of daily life. A muezzin makes the call to prayer as two figures sit atop a building consulting books with the tools of a scribe set down beside them. Elsewhere in the village, figures transport bundles of wood gathered from the countryside and carry sacks of goods, while a butcher serves a customer. The painting is replete with many other details of the everyday and depicts the elements of its extra-urban landscape with equal depth and complexity.