Children's faces are seen looking out of the windows of a small GO train display.

Markham Museum offers chance to learn about transportation

Check out the Metrolinx & GO Transit exhibit along with other activities at Markham Moves.

Jun 17, 2019

Sure, this summer, you can toss a ball around with the kids.

Or you can harness the rotational and translational kinetic energy involved in rolling a spherical object efficiently down an incline to prove the higher the ball is at the start, the more gravitational energy can be counted on to give it the distance you require.

Both are really fun.

The Markham Museum, located at 9350 Markham Rd., in Markham, Ont., is a one-of-a kind site featuring over 20 historic buildings on a 25-acre open-air parkland.

This years’ exhibit, ‘Markham Moves’ will host an innovative experience, focused on celebrating transportation through the ages. Every child is drawn to trains, planes and automobiles. This capitalizes on that early love affair.

Three children play with cars and a wooden roadway on an activity table.

Metrolinx and GO Transit’s installation will be part of the museum exhibit that will continue for the next 2 years. Kids and adults can interact with objects and infrastructure from the past and present, and explore various forms of transportation. Getting people from one spot to another – along with all the things they need to live and thrive – is part of a city’s design. As well as an important chapter of a region’s history.

In a setting more fitting for a giant playground than classroom, Markham Moves includes hands-on displays – such as ball drops and car ramps – as well as important historical artifacts.

You can create your own miniature vehicles and brush up on the principals of physics – though there will be no pop-quiz.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children. A family of four is $17.

For hours and directions just click here.

So tossing a ball around is great. But why not join us and harness the real power of transportation.

Planning your trip to the Markham Museum, as well as other attractions around the Greater Golden Horseshoe region is easier and more affordable — now that kids 12 and under ride free on all GO Trains and Buses.

by Faye Orozco Metrolinx senior brand advisor