The Toronto neighbourhood, known today as Cabbagetown and the Regent Park community, together form a district rich in cultural, anthropological and architectural history unique to the city. The Regent Park area occupies the original site of Cabbagetown dating back to the 1820s and continues to make history through its innovative city planning and its multicultural diversity. The museum’s mandate is to celebrate and document our past and on-going history, as an integral part of the development and character of this city. The Cabbagetown/Regent Park Museum was established in February 2004. It was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in February 2008 in order to address the long-term issues of sustainability, conservation, and finding a temporary and a permanent home to accommodate the size and value of its collections; and its rapid growth.
Presently, the Cabbagetown/Regent Park Museum Inc. showcases its collections at the Riverdale Farm in Toronto. The location was ideal; as the Riverdale Park, Zoo, Farm, Flats and the Don River have historically provided positive memories for both communities for almost two centuries. The Cabbagetown/Regent Park Museum was the first partnership project between the two communities; and is helping bridge the cultural and economic gaps between them by raising awareness of the unique shared history in the growth of Toronto and Canada. Our common history gives a sense of pride of place and illustrates the importance of the neighbourhoods’ working-class and multi-cultural roots. Visitors to the museum learn about the history of the day-to-day lives and activities of the working class in this rich multi-cultural area; and of the importance of this community in the early and on-going growth of Toronto. It also documents early experiments in large-scale public housing in an area, which once again is being re-invented. Displays and printed material present stories about people through geographical, social, economic, cultural associations to paint a global picture within the context of a local community. The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum's collections of oral histories, artifacts and photographs illustrate different aspects of life in the area from the late 1800s and early 1900s to the present day.