Is yours well-used or needs to be dusted off? We’re talking about your Toronto Public Library card. It’s time to dig it out, but not for books. Nope, for those not already in the know, your library card can let your family enjoy close to 20 of Toronto’s art galleries, museums and culture institutions for free.

You may have seen it mentioned here before. MAP, as it is known by the participating venues, is the Sunlife Financial Museum + Arts Pass. First piloted in 2007 in 24 branches, the program has expanded to all 99, offering a weekly limited supply of passes to the likes of the City of Toronto historic museums (all branches), the Gardiner Museum and the Toronto Zoo (32 branches) and the Royal Ontario Museum (50 branches), to name a few.

If you can’t get organized to borrow a pass, then enjoy these institutions when they visit select branches on Saturdays in May. Check out the full line-up.


Who: One pass admits one family (2 adults and up to 5 children.)

Where: The passes are at all branches. However, some attractions are only available in select branches in priority neighbourhoods. Here is the full list of participating venues and where you can access the passes.

How-to: Bring your valid adult library card to a branch (in person-only) and a request a pass at circulation. One pass per visit per adult. Passes are usually available on a first come, first served basis on Saturday mornings at 9am. However, there are a few exceptions.

How long: The pass is usually valid for 3 months and cannot be renewed like a library book. Here are the rules & conditions.

Remember: Bring your library card and the pass to the venue in order to gain entrance.