About the Museum
The Textile Museum of Canada aims to inspire understanding of the human experience through textiles.
We are the only museum in Canada delivering programs and exhibitions dedicated solely to textile arts. The Museum ignites creativity, inspires wonder, and sparks conversation through the stories held within our global collection of textiles, and active engagement with contemporary art practices.
We acknowledge that the land on which the Textile Museum of Canada operates is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat. It is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. Through our activities we seek to create a space for people to share, learn, and celebrate the textile practices of today and long ago in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.
The Museum’s exhibitions present the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists and often draw from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum is an internationally renowned educational institution, recognized for the relevance and diversity of its exhibitions, innovative approaches to educational programs, and the significance and digital accessibility of its permanent collection. We are located in the heart of downtown Toronto, in close proximity to St Patrick subway station, Toronto City Hall, Dundas Square, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
01. Our History
The Textile Museum of Canada celebrated 45 years in 2020!
The Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles, founded by Max Allen and Simon Waegemaekers, presents its first collection in a modest location in Toronto’s Mirvish Village.
The first written collections policy outlines an interest in textiles made by people from around the world for whom textiles are a major form of cultural expression.
The Textile Museum of Canada moves into its current 24,000 square-foot home at 55 Centre Avenue with a new mandate to include exhibitions of international contemporary art, craft, and design.
Fibrespace, the Museum’s hands-on education gallery opens, marking a deep commitment to life-long learning.
The Museum’s entire collection of 12,000+ artifacts is digitized and made available for reference worldwide, 24 hours a day, in high resolution.
NOW Magazine votes the Textile Museum of Canada one of the best museums in the city.
The Textile Museum of Canada celebrates 45 years!