• Teacher's Guide

Before You Visit

1. Preview the Museum (optional)

You are welcome to preview the exhibitions at MOCA ahead of your class visit, so that you can ensure that the content is appropriate for your students. MOCA is happy to provide a complimentary ticket for teachers who wish to preview the museum prior to your class trip. Please email learning@moca.ca for more information.

2. Complete the MOCA School Visit Form

Once you have chosen a date for your class visit, you will need to fill out our MOCA School Visit Form, which will provide us with some additional information about your group. Filling out the form should take no more than 2 minutes.

3. Book Your Tickets

You may choose to book your group’s tickets online in advance. Anyone under the age of 18 receives free admission to MOCA. Adult tickets are $10, but if you are coming with a group of 10 or more, you will receive the group rate of $8 for any adult chaperones. You can also get tickets day-of at the Welcome Desk, though booking in advance will make your arrival quick and easy.

Arriving at MOCA

If travelling by bus

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

If travelling by public transit

MOCA is located near Lansdowne and Dundas West Stations on the Bloor subway line. We are a 10-minute walk away from either station. Please note: Dundas West is an accessible station, while Lansdowne is not. Alternately, the closest streetcar stop is at Dundas St. West and Sterling Rd., which can be reached by 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 Road. Teachers can proceed to the Welcome Desk to check in, and purchase or print your group tickets. You will be greeted by a Visitor Experience Guide, who will provide your group with an introduction to MOCA, including some housekeeping notes (lockers, coat rack, nearest bathrooms, gallery guidelines, etc.). If you have booked a guided tour, your Visitor Experience Guide will bring the group over to the south end of Floor 1 to begin the tour.

Supervision

You are responsible for your students during their entire visit, and we recommend a ratio of 1:10 (1 supervisor for every 10 students).  Please ensure that your students are being mindful of both artwork and fellow visitors, and keeping noise levels low wherever possible.

Lunch

MOCA does not have a lunch space for school groups. Food and drink are permitted on Floor 1. 

Please be advised that MOCA does not have water fountains available, so be sure to bring pre-filled water bottles for your visit.

MOCA’s café partner, Forno Cultura, is located on Floor 1 and offers light fare such as artisanal 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 McDonald’s (Bloor St. and Dundas St. W.), Tim Hortons (College St. and Lansdowne Ave.), and Starbucks (Dundas St. W and Roncesvalles Ave).  

Resources and Lesson Plans

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