• Learning MOCA Toronto

MOCA Toronto is an accessible, welcoming hub rooted in a culturally rich neighbourhood. K–12 and post-secondary student groups of 10 or more are invited to converse and ask questions as they explore work by local and international artists across all contemporary art forms. Join us for a guided visit, studio activity or self-guided visit — your students will be both challenged and inspired.

 

School Guided Visits

Guided Visits MOCA TorontoMOCA is pleased to offer guided visits to students. Led by one of our Visitor Experience Guides, guided visits offer students a closer look into our exhibitions and their artistic/curatorial context as well as foster engaging discussions over selected artworks. They run approximately 45 minutes long and are a great way to take a deeper dive into the world of contemporary art.

“I was really impressed by our tour guide Jackie … she provided interesting historical, architectural and design information about the institution, building and the area. And her complex and thoughtful understanding of the exhibitions was evident. She tied in the themes we’re exploring in the course and presented the content in a way that was engaging and responsive to the needs of the group.”
—Mary Porter, Instructor, OCAD University


School Studio Activities

Suitable for all ages, a Guided Visit & Studio Activity gives students a unique opportunity to explore the themes and topics of the exhibitions on view, with insight from a guide.  Students are then able to deepen their understanding through a facilitated, hands-on activity that responds to exhibition themes.

Studio Activities for Age of You:  

Layered Collage: A Representation of The Extreme Self
Recommended Grade Level: Gr. 6 – 12
After discussing the idea of the “Extreme Self” within the Age of You exhibition, students will consider how they present themselves on a daily basis, both in real life and online. Which parts of themselves live online? Which parts remain private? Where do they draw the line? Students will create a tri-fold layered collage to represent these different versions of themselves.
“Extreme” Self-Portrait
Recommended Grade Level: K – Gr. 6

Students will explore the use of faces and portraits in the Age of You exhibition, and will then have a chance to draw their own self-portraits. They will create a traditional self-portrait of their face, but will combine it with other symbols and images that represent themselves.

School Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visits allow school groups to explore the museum however they like. Students may download audio guides for additional context, while MOCA staff stationed throughout the museum will be available to answer any questions they may have along the way.

During their visit to MOCA, students and teachers alike will have an opportunity to:

  • Converse, ask questions and think critically as they interpret artworks by local and international artists across all contemporary art forms
  • Consider new perspectives and issues that are relevant and urgent in today’s world
  • Personally connect with the topics presented in our exhibitions
  • Learn about MOCA’s adaptive reuse of a landmark heritage building and explore the culturally rich Lower Junction neighbourhood

“Our students had an incredible time exploring the new exhibit at MOCA”
—Rebecca McClaren, Trinity Theatre

K–12 & Post-Secondary School Groups

Education MOCA TorontoAdmissions

The following pricing applies to group orders of 10 or more. For standard pricing, please refer to our Visit page. For guided visits, an additional fee applies (see below for details).

Adult: $8 (note that guided tours include up to 3 free adult tickets for chaperones)
Student with ID (18+): $5
Senior (65+): $5
Under 18: Free

 

School Guided Visit  | $60*

  • Age-appropriate tour of current exhibitions (45 minutes)
  • Up to 30 people
  • Interactive, Q&A-based and discussion-friendly

 

School Guided Visit & Studio Activity | $150*

  • Age-appropriate tour of current exhibition highlights (30 minutes)
  • Hands-on activity to deepen understanding of exhibition themes (90 minutes)
  • Up to 30 people
  • Interactive, Q&A-based and discussion-friendly

*Includes up to 3 free adult tickets for chaperones.

 

School Self-Guided Visit |  No additional fee

  • Up to 60 people

FAQs

Arriving at MOCA

If travelling by bus

Buses can pull up in front of the museum on Sterling Rd. for drop off and pick up only.

If travelling by public transit

MOCA is located near both Lansdowne and Dundas West stations on the TTC’s Bloor subway line, as well as the UP Express–Bloor station. We are a 10-minute walk away from all three stations. Please note: Dundas West is an accessible station, while Lansdowne is not. 

The closest streetcar stop is at the corner of Dundas St. West and Sterling Rd., which can be reached by both the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton streetcars. We are a 5-minute walk north from the streetcar stop.

When you arrive

Upon arrival, enter the museum through the main front doors on Sterling Rd. Teachers and/or chaperones may proceed to the Welcome Desk to check in and purchase or print their group tickets. You will be greeted by a Visitor Experience Guide who will provide your group with an introduction to MOCA and walk you through some housekeeping notes (lockers, coat rack, nearest bathrooms, gallery guidelines, etc.). If you have booked a guided visit, your Visitor Experience Guide will bring the group to the south end of Floor 1 to begin the tour.

Supervision

Teachers and/or chaperones are responsible for their students during the entire visit. We recommend a supervisor-to-student ratio of 1:10. Supervisors are asked to ensure that their students are mindful of both artwork and fellow visitors, keeping noise levels low wherever possible.

Lunch

MOCA does not have a lunch space for school groups and does not have water fountains available, so be sure to bring food and pre-filled water bottles for your visit. Food and drink are permitted on Floor 1 only. 

MOCA’s café partner, Forno Cultura, is located on Floor 1 and offers light fare such as sandwiches, biscotti, coffee and a range of beverages.

The Drake Commissary (128a Sterling Rd.) is nearby and serves coffee, beverages, pastries, and a few ready-to-eat items, in addition to their full dine-in menu.

A few fast-casual options are within a 10-minute walk from the museum, including KIBO Market (Bloor St. and Symington Ave.), Tim Hortons (College St. and Lansdowne Ave.), and Starbucks (Dundas St. W and Roncesvalles Ave). 

Educator Resources

Coming soon

Questions?

Learning Coordinator
learning@moca.ca

Banner photo by Gabriel Li.