The #MuseumWithoutWalls showcases the museum’s permanent collection through The Public Curates, a series of videos in which members of the public talk about their favourite piece in the collection. Other exhibitions, including Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time and The Moon: A Voyage through Time, are also available online.
Through virtual festivals and twice-weekly pocket performances streamed on Facebook Live and posted on the museum’s website, viewers can enjoy performances by musicians, dancers, comedians and more. During the museum’s annual flamenco festival, a cast of Toronto flamenco musicians and dancers turned the museum's galleries and hallways into their stage for a digital performance. In previous years, such performances would typically have been limited to one space, or the auditorium.
The Lapis Ball, a gala hosted annually by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, also went virtual in 2020. Reinvented as the Lapis Digital Benefit, the free online event raised $183,000 more than in 2019, when 350 guests attended a ticketed gala in Toronto. For the digital event, six performers and nine panelists, including an Arab hip hop artist, one of the world's top guitarists and a visual-artist-cum-scientist, explored the idea of "the museum as a cultural sanctuary." Over 15,000 people from 40 countries tuned in.