Located at the corner of King and Simcoe in Downtown Toronto

Visit

Your visit to the 48th Highlanders Museum will immerse you in our traditions and proud history:

  • from Victorian Toronto in 1891 when the Regiment was formed to the present day.
  • from the South Africa battlefield at the turn of the century, to Europe through two World Wars to the conflict in Afghanistan and with UN and NATO commitments working in aid of peace in all four comers of the globe.
  • through aid to Canadians across the country in times of disaster and need, and
  • though our extensive collection of artefacts, uniforms, images and records including historic items such as our battlefield cross from Vimy Ridge and a copy of the German surrender in WWII signed by General Montgomery.

Groups

We welcome school groups and we can tailor our tours to meet your specific needs. Click the “Education” icon above for more information,

Hours

The Museum is open year round: Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 2pm. We can also open the museum at other times for School groups and private visits.

Take a virtual tour

Our Google tour is the second best thing to a visit.

This virtual tour starts at the entrance to the Museum which is in the basement of St Andrew’s Church which was opened in 1876. After you have finished your visit to the Museum, go “up the stairs” to have a look at this beautiful building and elements of the 48th Highlanders such as the communion table and stained glass Highlander window that are part of the fabric of our Regimental church.

Click here to go to the Museum Tour

Location

St Andrews Church

The Museum is located in the basement of the Regimental Church (St. Andrew’s Church) at the corner of King and Simcoe (75 Simcoe St.) one block west of University Avenue.

TTC

Take the Subway to St. Andrew’s Station, exit from the south King St. Entrance and walk one block west to Simcoe Street.

Directions

Scroll to bottom of map.

Education

School and community groups

We give guided group visits to school classes and community groups. Tours are conducted by our knowledgeable volunteers and may be guided, self guided or a combination that suits you.

Visits can be during regular museum hours or by appointment for any weekday between 10am and 4pm. We require at least two weeks notice for appointment visits to allow us to canvas our volunteers for their availability.

The normal length of a guided group visit is 1 hour. If desired a longer tour includes St. Andrew’s Church, an historic building and the 48th Highlanders church since our founding in 1891. The church has many Regimental artefacts as part of the fabric of the church. We can adjust times to meet your needs.


Cost

Group visits and entry to the museum are both free. We are staffed exclusively by volunteers. Donations to support the 48th Highlanders Museum and our dedication to keeping alive the memory of those who served Canada are gratefully received.

Other educational resources

we have spare uniforms and accoutrements that can be borrowed by school groups.

Learn about someone’s military service

Our volunteers can research our records and help you find other sources for information about your relative’s service with the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Our research is provided free to relatives. Donations to support the Museum and our dedication to keeping alive the memory of those who served Canada are gratefully received.

Please note that Military Service Records for members of the Armed Forces are held at the Library and Archives Canada.

Other web sites

Ontario Museum Association

Organization of Military Museums of Canada

Virtual Museum of Canada

Donate money

To donate money to the museum, click the button below and PLEASE ensure that you put “For the Museum” in the “Send a Message” box.

Donate items

The Museum welcomes artifacts particularly those that belonged to former Highlanders. Items fill gaps in our current collection, supplement items on display or are used in our Educational collection.

Items of interest include: Uniforms, accoutrements (items worn or used with a uniform), equipment, photographs, documents, personal records and medals or awards.

Click the button below to tell us what you would like to donate. We will tell you whether the items would be a good addition to our collection and how they will be used so that you may make the final decision.

All medals will be put on permanent display to the public.  We encourage families to retain medals if there are family members who are dedicated to honouring their relative. The museum holds medals and artefacts with honour as we strive to keep the service and stories of 48th Highlanders alive and visible to generations.

Want to help out?

Volunteers come as many days as they wish, from one day a month to once a week. A minimum of two volunteers are required for the museum to open on any day to the public.

Special events are staffed by asking for volunteers. Volunteers arrive by subway, streetcar or train at their own expense. There is no parking at the church.

Volunteers may work independently at the museum on other days and times for tasks that they wish to do, such as research, display updating. Some data entry and research can be done on-line from home.

Volunteers do the tasks that they feel qualified to do and wish to do.

Tasks:

  • Guiding visitors on tours and answering questions.
  • Maintaining displays by cleaning cabinets, polishing uniform accoutrements and trophies.
  • Researching the records of former Highlanders for descendants and showing them how to request service records from Library and Archives Canada.
  • Receiving and recording donations of artefacts. (Accessioning)
  • Entering data on the collection into existing computer files.
  • Selling books and gift items to visitors.

About us

The Museum was formed in 1959 at the Old Comrades Association then at 519 Church Street. The museum moved to its present location (St. Andrew’s Church) and was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on the 29, June 1997. The 48th Highlanders Museum is staffed by volunteers (most are former members of the Regiment) who serve in a variety of roles under the direction of the Museum Committee.

Our Mission

The Museum exists: to collect, preserve, and present the history, tradition and heritage of the 48th Highlanders of Canada; to exhibit the physical legacy of the Regiment and interpret its experience in war and peace and, to illustrate and commemorate the contributions that the 48th have made within the community of Toronto and the nation of Canada.

The history of the 48th Highlanders is presented for the benefit of former and present members of the Regiment and their relatives plus the general public. Further the museum exists to develop programs that broaden, and deepen the appreciation and understanding of the 48th Highlanders, stimulate interest in and maintain the relevance of the Regiment’s past for future generations.

Objectives

  • To create and maintain an exhibit that encompasses and highlights the heritage of the 48th Highlanders. The core theme of the exhibit is to illustrate the history of the Regiment through uniforms and accoutrement of its members.
  • To provide a research facility to further communicate the history of the Regiment
  • To support outside projects that further the mission of the museum.
  • To provide former members or their family with data regarding their service in the Regiment.

Contact us

48th HIGHLANDERS MUSEUM, 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

(416) 596-1382 (Only answered during opening hours.)

Visit

Your visit to the 48th Highlanders Museum will immerse you in our traditions and proud history:

  • from Victorian Toronto in 1891 when the Regiment was formed to the present day.
  • from the South Africa battlefield at the turn of the century, to Europe through two World Wars to the conflict in Afghanistan and with UN and NATO commitments working in aid of peace in all four comers of the globe.
  • through aid to Canadians across the country in times of disaster and need, and
  • though our extensive collection of artefacts, uniforms, images and records including historic items such as our battlefield cross from Vimy Ridge and a copy of the German surrender in WWII signed by General Montgomery.

Groups

We welcome school groups and we can tailor our tours to meet your specific needs. Click HERE or click the “Education” icon above for more information,

Hours

The Museum is open year round: Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 2pm. We can also open the museum at other times for School groups and private visits.

Take a virtual tour

Our Google tour is the second best thing to a visit.

This virtual tour starts at the entrance to the Museum which is in the basement of St Andrew’s Church which was opened in 1876. After you have finished your visit to the Museum, go “up the stairs” to have a look at this beautiful building and elements of the 48th Highlanders such as the communion table and stained glass Highlander window that are part of the fabric of our Regimental church.

Location

St Andrews Church

The Museum is located in the basement of the Regimental Church (St. Andrew’s Church) at the corner of King and Simcoe (75 Simcoe St.) one block west of University Avenue.

TTC

Take the Subway to St. Andrew’s Station, exit from the south King St. Entrance and walk one block west to Simcoe Street.

Directions

Scroll to bottom of map.

Education

School and community groups

We give guided group visits to school classes and community groups. Tours are conducted by our knowledgeable volunteers and may be guided, self guided or a combination that suits you.

Visits can be during regular museum hours or by appointment for any weekday between 10am and 4pm. We require at least two weeks notice for appointment visits to allow us to canvas our volunteers for their availability.

The normal length of a guided group visit is 1 hour. If desired a longer tour includes St. Andrew’s Church, an historic building and the 48th Highlanders church since our founding in 1891. The church has many Regimental artefacts as part of the fabric of the church. We can adjust times to meet your needs.


Cost

Group visits and entry to the museum are both free. We are staffed exclusively by volunteers. Donations to support the 48th Highlanders Museum and our dedication to keeping alive the memory of those who served Canada are gratefully received.

Other educational resources

We have spare uniforms and accoutrements that can be borrowed by school groups.

Learn about someone’s military service

Our volunteers can research our records and help you find other sources for information about your relative’s service with the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Our research is provided free to relatives. Donations to support the Museum and our dedication to keeping alive the memory of those who served Canada are gratefully received.

Research a particular person Request general information

Please note that Military Service Records for members of the Armed Forces are held at the Library and Archives Canada.

Other web sites

Ontario Museum Association

Organization of Military Museums of Canada

Virtual Museum of Canada

Donate money

To donate money to the museum, click the button below and PLEASE ensure that you put “For the Museum” in the “Send a Message” box.

Donate items

The Museum welcomes artifacts particularly those that belonged to former Highlanders. Items fill gaps in our current collection, supplement items on display or are used in our Educational collection.

Items of interest include: Uniforms, accoutrements (items worn or used with a uniform), equipment, photographs, documents, personal records and medals or awards.

Click the button below to tell us what you would like to donate. We will tell you whether the items would be a good addition to our collection and how they will be used so that you may make the final decision.

All medals will be put on permanent display to the public.  We encourage families to retain medals if there are family members who are dedicated to honouring their relative. The museum holds medals and artefacts with honour as we strive to keep the service and stories of 48th Highlanders alive and visible to generations.

Want to help out?

Volunteers come as many days as they wish, from one day a month to once a week. A minimum of two volunteers are required for the museum to open on any day to the public.

Special events are staffed by asking for volunteers. Volunteers arrive by subway, streetcar or train at their own expense. There is no parking at the church.

Volunteers may work independently at the museum on other days and times for tasks that they wish to do, such as research, display updating. Some data entry and research can be done on-line from home.

Volunteers do the tasks that they feel qualified to do and wish to do.

Tasks:

  • Guiding visitors on tours and answering questions.
  • Maintaining displays by cleaning cabinets, polishing uniform accoutrements and trophies.
  • Researching the records of former Highlanders for descendants and showing them how to request service records from Library and Archives Canada.
  • Receiving and recording donations of artefacts. (Accessioning)
  • Entering data on the collection into existing computer files.
  • Selling books and gift items to visitors.

About us

The Museum was formed in 1959 at the Old Comrades Association then at 519 Church Street. The museum moved to its present location (St. Andrew’s Church) and was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on the 29, June 1997. The 48th Highlanders Museum is staffed by volunteers (most are former members of the Regiment) who serve in a variety of roles under the direction of the Museum Committee.

Our Mission

The Museum exists: to collect, preserve, and present the history, tradition and heritage of the 48th Highlanders of Canada; to exhibit the physical legacy of the Regiment and interpret its experience in war and peace and, to illustrate and commemorate the contributions that the 48th have made within the community of Toronto and the nation of Canada.

The history of the 48th Highlanders is presented for the benefit of former and present members of the Regiment and their relatives plus the general public. Further the museum exists to develop programs that broaden, and deepen the appreciation and understanding of the 48th Highlanders, stimulate interest in and maintain the relevance of the Regiment’s past for future generations.

Objectives

  • To create and maintain an exhibit that encompasses and highlights the heritage of the 48th Highlanders. The core theme of the exhibit is to illustrate the history of the Regiment through uniforms and accoutrement of its members.
  • To provide a research facility to further communicate the history of the Regiment
  • To support outside projects that further the mission of the museum.
  • To provide former members or their family with data regarding their service in the Regiment.

Contact us

48th HIGHLANDERS MUSEUM, 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

(416) 596-1382 (Only answered during opening hours.)