Canada Travel Guide - Ontario
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indo-Canadians
A place to discover, experience and enjoy the over 10,000 year old art, architecture and values of Indo-Canadian heritage.back to previous page
The Museum is uniquely designed to inspire visitors to appreciate how the rich heritage of Indo-Canadians has contributed to the fields of art, architecture, science, democracy, education, culture, pluralism and spiritual values. It elaborates on and creatively displays, both to educate and experience, over 10,000 year old living civilization, from its origins to its role in the contemporary society. The Museum presents such a vast array of the civilization’s creative and intellectual output.
The traditional Vedic architectural form of the Museum allows visitors to experience the Indo-Canadian culture and heritage in a first-hand visceral way. Visitors will literally walk through an authentically styled ancient building whose construction is based on centuries-old practices and techniques.
2,638 tons of Turkish limestone, 2,260 tons of Carrara Italian marble and 1,487 tons of Indian sandstone have been used, without any steel, to build the complex in which the Museum is located. The Museum building itself has become part of the story of Indo-Canadian heritage. There is no other building like it in Canada.