Incorporated in 1975 as the Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles, the TMC first presented its collection in a very modest room in Toronto's Mirvish Village. In 1989 we celebrated the opening of our new facility at 55 Centre Avenue. Now known as the Textile Museum of Canada, the TMC has gained international recognition for the quality and importance of its collection, and the excellence of its exhibitions and programming.
The Textile Museum of Canada is one of eight museums of its kind and the only museum in Canada solely dedicated to the collection, exhibition and documentation of textiles from around the world. Visitors to the galleries can experience the traditions, skills and creative processes that make textile arts so engaging. The collection of more than 12,000 pieces represents over 200 countries and regions.
Forthcoming exhibitionsCold Comfort: New and Improved Souvenirs of Canada
June 18 - September 18, 2011
The traditional souvenir pillow is reimagined in this collaboration between DodoLab and the Textile Museum of Canada. Selections from the TMC's historical collection of souvenir pillows, which celebrated community identity, personal narratives, local and national pride, are featured in conjunction with new versions of the tourist artifact created by DodoLab along with visitors to the TMC.
CostGeneral - $15.00
Youth & Students - $6.00
Seniors (65+) - $10.00
Children under 5 visit free
Family (5 individuals; max. 2 adults) - $30.00
Members - Free
Wednesday 5:00 - 8:00 pm, admission is 'Pay What You Can'.
All special exhibitions are free with admission to the TMC and do not require reservations or advance tickets.
Your admission to the TMC is good for the entire day. You will require a hand stamp or your counter receipt for re-entry.
The TMC accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Debit cards for payment of admission fee.
You may pay for admission in US dollars at rate of exchange set by the TMC. Please be advised that any change you may be entitled to will be paid in Canadian dollars.
Opening hoursDaily 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open Statutory Holidays during the summer
Closed: New Years Day, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Note: the Museum closes at 2:00 pm on December 24 and December 31
Getting thereThe TMC is located one block east of University Avenue, south of Dundas Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Public Transit Directions
The TMC is located at the "St. Patrick" stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. It can also be reached by taking the Dundas 505 streetcar.
For additional public transit Information, contact the TTC at (416) 393-4636.
From the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), merge onto the Gardiner Expressway. Exit at the York St./Bay St./Yonge St. exit. Follow signs to York St. ramp. Follow York St. and keep to the left. Take the left fork (University Ave.) immediately after going through the tunnel. Proceed north on University Ave. to Dundas St. Turn right on Dundas St. Turn right again onto Centre Ave. The Museum is located on the east side of Centre, steps from Dundas.
From Highway 401, take Avenue Rd. south. Past Bloor St. Avenue Rd. becomes University Ave. After passing Dundas St., turn left at Armoury St. Turn left onto Centre Ave. The Museum is located on the east side of Centre, between Dundas and Armoury.
From Highway 401, take the Don Valley Parkway south to the Richmond St. exit. This leads you west on Richmond St. At University Ave. turn right. Proceed north on University to Dundas St. Turn right on Dundas St. Turn right again onto Centre Ave. The Museum is located on the east side of Centre, steps from Dundas.
There is no Museum parking lot. However, there are several commercial parking lots within walking distance. See MAP.
* Directly adjacent the TMC to the north and south on Centre Ave.
* Northeast corner of Dundas St. and Centre Ave.
* At the foot of Chestnut St. (Mun...+ [ Read all ]
The main entrance to the Museum is on street level, accessible by wheelchair. All public spaces within the Museum are serviced by an elevator providing access to visitors with special needs. A wheelchair is available for the use of visitors, please inquire at Reception upon your arrival.
Coat Check Service
The TMC provides a self-service coat check area located on the second floor. Please remember to keep any valuables on your person at all times. The Museum is not responsible for any items lost or missing from the coat check area.
Please be advised that all large bags, umbrellas and parcels must be checked at Reception upon entry to the Museum. There is no charge and your items will be kept in a secure location.
There are no restaurant facilities at the TMC. However, the Museum is situated within close proximity to a wide variety of restaurants which feature cuisines and prices sure to suit any taste or budget.
The Museum is located just east of Toronto's famous Chinatown. Closer still are a variety of unique restaurants serving Asian, Caribbean, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian and Canadian cuisines as well as several "fast-food" chains, cafes and pubs. Nearby there are also two major hotels with dining rooms.
Your admission to the Museum is good for the entire day, so feel free to exit the building in order to explore the many culinary opportunities nearby. You will require a hand stamp or your counter receipt for re-entry.
The Shop Window
Tucked away on the second floor of the TMC, the Museum Shop is a marketplace of both new and traditional textiles from around the world. On our shelves you will find original works by over 50 Ca...+ [ Read all ]
Museum internal and external photos (1)Click on the images to enlarge