55 Centre Avenue
M5G 2H5
Phone: 416 599 5321
Fax: 416 599 2911
Website: http://www.textilemuseum.

Textile Museum Of Canada

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.

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Permanent Collection

The Textile Museum of Canada's permanent collection contains more than 12,000 textiles and spans almost 2,000 years and 200 world regions. This diverse collection includes fabrics, ceremonial cloths, garments, carpets, quilts and related artifacts which reflect the ethnographic, cultural and aesthetic significance that cloth has held over the centuries.


Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara
March 23 - September 25, 2011
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova
This exhibition features a collection of Central Asian ikats and embroidered silks from the Textile Museum’s permanent collection to visualize the Bukhara region’s rich textile history and place it within the diverse cultural traditions of Asia.

Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture
May 18 - November 20, 2011
Curated by Patricia Bentley
Four contemporary artists explore the relationship of patterns, communication and spirit in conversation with textiles and symbols from the Museum’s permanent collection of Islamic African artifacts. Magic squares, known all over the world as mathematical games like Sudoku and Kenken, become carriers of powerful and diverse cultural meanings when they are painted, woven or embroidered on textiles in Muslim Africa.

Previous Exhibitions

Kai Chan: A Spider's Logic
November 7, 2010 - May 1, 2011
Curated by Sarah Quinton
Kai Chan expresses the small moments of daily life, employing materials and techniques that speak to tradition and modernity. To view Chan's artwork is to see him as a ‘master of the unremarkable’ – twigs, thread, toothpicks and buttons are the ephemeral materials that he employs to create transfixing ‘other-worlds.’ Chan has altered the gene pools of what constitutes sculpture and what constitutes textiles by manipulating and representing elements of the natural world to conjure impressions that play on natural phenomena, geographical boundaries and cultural influences.

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Cold 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.


General - $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 hours

Daily 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 there

The 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.

Highway Directions
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.
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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 ]

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News and events


Specialised tours are available for groups of 10 or more people. Tours are led by a Museum Docent and last one hour. There is a surcharge of $2.00 per person. The TMC requires registration for these tours at least 2 weeks in advance of the visit. For students and accompanying adults, the Museum offers a variety of Educator-led Gallery/Studio programs for all levels. Self-guided tours are also available for groups. Regular admission rates apply.

Please call (416) 599-5321, ext. 2228 or email to book a tour or for more information.


The TMC offers a wide variety of educational and entertaining school programs which complement our current exhibitions, our collection and the diversity of textile expressions.
Our school visit programs provide students with experiences and activities which are directly linked to the Ontario Curriculum and which cater to all grade levels.
Textiles offer a multitude of opportunities for learning from a wide variety of perspectives. The arts, mathematics, science, history, language and culture are all woven into the fabric of hand-made textiles.


Public Tours
Docent led public tours of the galleries are available every Sunday and are free with paid admission to the TMC. Tours begin at 2:00 PM in the lobby.
Specialized tours are also available. Please call (416) 599-5321, ext. 2228 or email for more information.


Become a Member today! Museum members are an important group of people who are actively engaged in the Museum’s activities and who support the TMC through their attendance, participation, volunteerism and donations.

Enjoy the many benefits of TMC Membership:
* Unlimited free admission.
* Invitations to exhibition openings and Members' events.
* A 10% discount in The Museum Shop and additional savings during Members' Shopping Days.
* Discounts on all lectures, workshops and special programs.
* Members' eNewsletter, DISPATCH and e-bulletins throughout the year.
* Free admission to Ontario Association of Art Galleries member institutions.
* Reciprocal membership to over 150 museums across North America through NARM.
* Discounted facility rentals.
* Voting and nominating privileges.

Venue hire

Host your next event at what the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and Toronto Life all call 'one of Toronto's hidden treasures'. Tucked away on a downtown side street, the TMC is the only museum in Canada dedicated to textiles from around the world. Your event will be as unique as its location when you host it at the Textile Museum.
The Museum's convenient downtown location makes it an ideal event venue. We are located near several fine hotels and only steps away from the St. Patrick subway station. Street and garage parking are also available.

The Textile Museum has an exclusive reception space that is perfect for small parties, lectures, meetings and special events. The Museum Lounge is ideal for stand-up receptions of up to 100 guests or for intimate dinners of approximately 30 people.
Looking for a unique space for your award presentation, product launch, meeting or lecture? The Museum's auditorium provides seating for 60-75 guests. A large screen is available for multimedia presentations and Audio/Visual equipment can be rented upon request.
If you want to make your event even more memorable for your guests, arrange for a private tour of the galleries. The Textile Museum has been acknowledged for excellence, winning the Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts and receiving the honour of Exhibition of the Year from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.