Learn About Textiles
The Textile Museum of Canada supports lifelong learning by offering opportunities for active engagement through public programs and self-directed exploration with our online resources.
We have public programs, online resources and Learning Hub staff readily available to help you dive deep into our exhibitions or learn more about your own textiles and how to care for them. Our rich variety of programs such as workshops, artist talks and tours are currently being offered virtually. We will be transitioning into hybrid online and in-person programming in October of 2021, as permitted by provincial COVID-19 guidelines. Please keep an eye on our What’s On page for our upcoming programs!
On Wednesday evenings from 5-7 pm and Saturday afternoons from 2-5 pm, the studio space in the Learning Hub will be available for drop-in textile activities on a first-come, first-served basis.
While the Textile Reuse Program will be accessible at any time the Museum is open, access to the adjacent studio space outside of drop-in times will be subject to availability.
01. Textile Learning Hub
We are excited to welcome you to our new Textile Learning Hub on the second floor! The Learning Hub will offer activities that link the collection, exhibitions, textile making and the library together in a hive of exploration, research, discovery and creation. We look forward to welcoming you!
Our newly renovated space will be the new home for studio activities, our Library, our Life Cycle of a Textile display, and our reimagined Textile Reuse Program, featuring great deals on materials for makers.
The Library at the Textile Museum of Canada offers a unique reference collection of resources about textiles and textile traditions from around the world, including over 4,500 books, 20 journal titles, numerous subject files, and a small collection of DVDs and videos.
Our Library is open to the public for research during the Museum’s Open Hours, and our online catalogue of books and periodicals can be accessed anywhere in the world. This was made possible with the support of the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Foundation.
The renovation on the Museum’s second floor has positioned the Library to be a key part of the new Textile Learning Hub, closely integrated with our education and collection activities.
In the Fall of 2021, the space adjacent to the Library in the Learning Hub will open up and provide a comfortable reading centre for visitors to access magazines, periodicals and materials relating to current exhibitions. Here, the Museum’s online collection of 15,000 textiles will be available to access through a computer terminal.
03. Public Programs
We are offering a rich variety of online programming such as workshops, artist talks and tours. We will be transitioning into hybrid online and in-person programming in October of 2021, as permitted by provincial COVID-19 guidelines.
We support intergenerational learning through our monthly Textile Teach-ins, family drop-in programs during school holidays, and a robust schedule of lectures, workshops, seminars, and tours in conjunction with current exhibitions.
Our programs extend beyond our walls, across Toronto. We facilitate workshops for families and youth at Toronto Public Library branches and partner with social agencies through our Community Makers program to develop workshops that meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
04. Education Guides
The Textile Museum of Canada offers a range of educational resources to complement your visit and extend learning outside our walls.
Our digital resources provide opportunities to engage with rich content, including the Museum’s award-winning online projects, current and past exhibition guides, and our online permanent collection.