Before being converted into a museum, the Power Plant Museum (also known as the Power Plan Contemporary Art Gallery) was a functioning power plant by Harbourfront. Now local artists are commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces displayed at the museum.
The first thing you’ll see walking into the museum are two large parallel walls. Over the years, artists have used this space to create impactful and visceral displays that accentuate the height of the walls and the light coming from the large windows. Depending on the piece displayed, the shadows can add so much depth to the pieces displayed, giving them dimension.
Additionally, there are a few other rooms on the second floor of the museum, showcasing more contemporary pieces, exhibits and videos. Oftentimes, the layout of the rooms in the Power Plant Museum change to complement the pieces on display, so it’s been interesting to go back after a few months or when new pieces are displayed.
I almost forgot! The Power Plant Museum holds a free annual party around the Fall months (usually the end of October or November) to celebrate their new collection. Everyone is invited! Just a forewarning, this also means that the lines can get pretty long as locals and art aficionados are coming from different parts of the Greater Toronto Area to view the new collection and celebrate. Needless to say, it’s definitely been a spot to visit!