Museum London was established in 1940 and operated from the London Public Library until 1980 when the renowned Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama was commissioned to design its current home at the forks of the Thames River in downtown London, Ontario. In 1989, the then London Regional Art Gallery amalgamated with the London Historical Museum creating what is known today as Museum London.
Museum London's activities are driven by a mandate to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the visual arts and local history. We present a dynamic mix of interconnected exhibitions and programs that have both local and national relevance. Our exhibitions and programs are often cross-disciplinary, augmented by interpretative material, publications, symposia, discussions, lectures, films or other events. As such, they provide visitors with a range of interactive, interpretive experiences.
Museum London is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 15 members elected from the general membership, artists and appointments from various stakeholder groups including the City of London, the London and Middlesex Historical Society and the Canadian Artists' Representation organization.
The Museum employs 18 full-time and 15 part-time staff members, and a group of 185 docents and volunteers who provide tours, staff the Museum shop, Muse Shop + Rental and develop numerous fundraising initiatives.