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.
MOCA 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
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.
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.
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:
“Our students had an incredible time exploring the new exhibit at MOCA”
—Rebecca McClaren, Trinity Theatre
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
*Includes up to 3 free adult tickets for chaperones.
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.
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.
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).