1. What are the hours and admissions fees for both Museum London and Eldon
The visiting hours for both Museum London and Eldon House vary from season to
season. Please see our home page for our current visiting hours.
Admission to Museum London is by donation.
2. Is there parking at Museum London?
Our parking lot is managed by the City of London. Parking must be purchased at
the machine located in the parking lot, and the ticket must be displayed visibly
on the dashboard of your vehicle. Failure to do so may result in a parking
If the parking lot is full, alternative parking can be found across the street, on the north side of Queens Avenue. This lot is owned by Impark, and will require that you pay a fee. Also, there are metered parking spaces located on both sides of Ridout Street directly in front of the Museum.
3. How much does parking cost?
You will need change to park in our lot, or a credit card. If you need to make
change, please visit our front desk for assistance. The fee for parking in our
lot is $2.00 per hour and a flat rate of $6.00 after 6:00 pm.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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). The term would refer only to art,
disregarding the important historical aspect to our organization.
7. When did we change the name?
The name was changed in 2001.
8. When was the building built?
Museum London's current building was constructed in 1980.
9. Who is the architect of the building?
Renowned Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama.
10. 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 Brian Meehan at 519.661.2500 ext 4241.
11. Where can art be preserved or cleaned?
Art Conservationist Keith Bantock works out of Museum London and can be
contacted at 519.472.4138 or at artconservationservices.com.
12. 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 Lisa Di Lullo, Events Coordinator at
519.661.2500 ext. 4265.
13.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 three to 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
14. 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 a community of 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:
Becky Boughner, Curatorial Assistant
Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario
N6A 5H4 Canada
519-661-2500 ext. 4272
15. Who decides how a show is placed here?
Museum London's shows are organized by curators. Cassandra Getty, the Curator of Art and Melanie Townsend, the Head of Exhibitions and Collections and by Brian
Meehan, Executive Director and Chief Curator.
16. 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.
17. My organization is planning a scavenger hunt and we want to include
Museum London and/or Eldon House. How should we do this?
Organizations planning to include Museum London or Eldon House 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.
18. How do I become a Supporterr and/or a volunteer?
Becoming a Museum London Supporter is a very simple process; please contact
A/P Accounting Clerk/Membership Coordinator Mardi Tiesma Stewart at 519.661.2500 ext. 4235. To volunteer,
please contact Katy Boychuk at 519.661.0333