When you arrive at the Aga Khan Museum, prepare to step into a world that may be unknown or unfamiliar. With a mandate to educate and inspire, inspiration and new ideas are around every corner! Oh, and did we mention that it is one of the most stunning event venues in Toronto?
The only museum of its kind in Canada the museum exposes guests to the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Set outside of the downtown core in a landscaped park designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki impresses from the moment you arrive.
Planners can tap into the museum for the programming of meetings and events held there with a wide range of optional cultural offerings from educational tours, art carts, curators to be present or speaking at their events. The team at Aga Khan Museum can work to integrate these into any meeting program.
With more than 1,000 pieces in its vast collection, it would be easy to label it as another cultural museum and leave it at that. But the Aga Khan Museum has so much more to offer event planners, not to mention a top-rated food & beverage program overseen by one of Canada’s most recognizable Chefs that will have delegates lined up for seconds (and healthy lines at the bar!!).
Whether it’s corporate events, fundraisers, galas, retreats, or C-suite meetings, it is available for events on the smaller size from 34 up to 400 people for indoor events or up to 600 people outdoors. The Museum has a solid track-record for hosting marquee events for Bell Canada, TK Events, United Jewish Federation, and Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD).
With a wide range of spaces, including a 350-seat auditorium, a room inspired by a Persian salon, a collections gallery, a courtyard enclosed by glass and paved with geometric-patterned stonework, and a Vladimir Djurovic designed park and garden there is a space for almost every occasion.
The Museum’s auditorium combines state-of-the-art facilities with exquisite architecture and excellent acoustics. Under a dome inspired by the ceilings of 10th-century Islamic buildings, there is seating for 335 people. A versatile venue that can be used for performing arts, corporate presentations, speaking engagements, and film screenings makes it a great choice for corporate events.
ATRIUM AND COURTYARD
Described as “the heart of the Museum” and nestled like a crystal jewel in the centre of the building, the glassed-in courtyard throws dramatic patterns of light and shadow on to the walls of the atrium. The area includes the external courtyard and the internal atrium, allowing events to be held under the stars throughout all four seasons
This highly versatile function offers panoramic views of Toronto stretching down to the CN Tower and Lake Ontario and is suitable for a range of small events, including board meetings, private dining, and intimate receptions. In the foreground are gardens and reflecting pools that showcase a distinctively modern take on the traditional Islamic garden.
An ornate dining space, Diwan features stunning décor with decorated wooden panels, hand-carved and painted in Damascus in 1799 evoking a sense of luxury. The space also offers tented outdoor events for up to 320 guests. The patio at Diwan has been called one of Toronto’s prettiest patios by the Los Angeles Times and one of Toronto’s best by Now Magazine.
The McEwan Group, led by Chef Mark McEwan and Executive Chef Shen Ousmand, has been at the helm of the Museum’s food services since 2016. Mark McEwan and his team, who bring their passion for quality and innovation to the food and beverage offerings ranging across cultures from Western, South Asian and Middle Eastern catering options. Kosher and Chinese catering options are also available.
The Aga Khan Museum’s international outlook offers meeting planners and delegates a chance to connect with new perspectives and ideas while supporting the programs and mandate of the Museum. This is a venue that connects with attendees and leaves them knowing that this is way more than just another museum!