Plan Your Visit to the Museum

The Textile Museum of Canada is located in downtown Toronto. Our visitors and community are at the heart of what we do.

Visit our What’s On page to register for programs. 

Looking to delve a little deeper? Our Learning page has education guides for all our exhibitions with activities and further reading!

We encourage you to buy local, support local artists, and visit our new online Museum Shop.

 

 

 

01. Admission

All visitors, including Members, are encouraged to book a timed ticket in advance. We thank you for your cooperation.

See Visitor Guidelines for more information on our reopening procedures.

Ticket Type
Price
General Admission
FREE
Youth (6-18 years)
FREE
Student (with valid Post-Secondary ID)
FREE
Seniors (65 years+)
FREE
Children (5 years and under)
FREE
Members
FREE

02. Visitor Guidelines

Health and safety is our top priority – help us make your visit to the Textile Museum of Canada smooth and enjoyable.

Everything you need to know about visiting the Museum, including updated vaccination policies, COVID-19 guidelines, frequently asked questions and safety measures, can be found here. The Museum is grateful for our community’s continued support through these unprecedented times.

03. Getting Here

The Textile Museum of Canada is located in the heart of downtown Toronto just steps away from City Hall, Chinatown, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. We are one block east of University Avenue, south of Dundas Street. Visit Accessing Our Space for detailed information and maps to help you prepare for getting here.

55 Centre Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5
Tel: (416) 599-5321
Email: info@textilemuseum.com

The Textile Museum of Canada is located one block east of St Patrick subway station, which is on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina).

Dundas 505 streetcar Westbound: get off at University Avenue and walk one block east and then one block south to Centre Avenue.

Dundas 505 streetcar Eastbound: get off at Chestnut Avenue and walk one block west and then one block south to Centre Avenue.

For additional public transit Information, contact the Toronto Transit Commission at 416-393-4636 or visit the TTC Website: ttc.ca

For transit planning in Greater Toronto Area, check out triplinx.ca

The Museum does not have a parking lot. However, there are several commercial parking lots within walking distance:

63 Centre Avenue (Northeast corner of Dundas Street and Centre Avenue) Surface lot – Impark lot #39 | Hourly: $7.50

393 University Avenue (Entrance on Centre Avenue) Underground garage – University Centre – Impark Lot #227 | Hourly: $12.00

180 Dundas Street West (Southwest corner of Dundas Street and Centre Avenue – Additional entrance at 65 Centre Ave.) | Hourly: $9

110 Queen Street West (Nathan Phillips Square) Underground Garage – GreenP Carpark 36 | Hourly: $7

Please note: There is limited street parking available near the Museum; however there is ongoing construction taking place on Dundas Street and on Centre Avenue.

Community Access

04. Community Access

The Textile Museum of Canada is committed to providing access to everyone. The Museum recognizes that accessibility is a living project, attentive to the many changing needs of our diverse audiences.

As we welcome our members and visitors back to the Museum, we are delighted to offer FREE admission until June 5, 2022

The Textile Museum of Canada’s Indigenous Access Admissions Policy provides free admission to the Museum to First Nations, Inuit and Métis visitors. Identification is not required. This policy is in response to the calls to the action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report which encourages the development of “museum policies and best practices to determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

As we welcome our members and visitors back to the Museum, we are delighted to offer FREE admission until June 5, 2022.

The Textile Museum of Canada is proud to participate in the Canoo program from the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Canoo is a mobile app that helps new Canadians celebrate their citizenship by providing free admission to over 1,400 sites across Canada. Please see their website for more information on how to use Canoo.

As we welcome our members and visitors back to the Museum, we are delighted to offer FREE admission until June 5, 2022

The Textile Museum of Canada is proud to participate in the Toronto Public Library’s Museum + Arts Pass program. Available at libraries across the city, the MAP program provides free access to cultural institutions across the city, free with your library card. Please see their website for more information on how to get a free pass to the Textile Museum of Canada.

As we welcome our members and visitors back to the Museum, we are delighted to offer FREE admission until June 5 2022

As we welcome our members and visitors back to the Museum, we are delighted to offer FREE admission until June 5 2022

Support persons accompanying a visitor with a disability receive free admission. The Textile Museum is a participating partner in Easter Seals Canada’s Access 2 Entertainment Program. Visit our Membership page for more information about this program.

05. Accessibility

We are committed to engaging all visitors in inclusive Museum experiences. Maintaining the accessibility of our exhibitions and events, as well as our educational and creative programs is paramount to our cherished connections with our communities.

Entrance

Entrance

The Museum shares the ground level of 55 Centre Avenue with the Chestnut Park Condominium. The Museum’s entrance is to the south of the building. Entry doorways into our small ground level lobby are equipped with automatic openers.
Our Space

Our Space

The Museum’s public spaces are located on the first 4 levels of the building, with our shop and galleries located on levels 2 and 3. All levels are accessible by elevator. Accessible washrooms are located on level 2, for more information about our space during our reopening visit our Guidelines for Visitors
Accessing the Museum

Accessing the Museum

The Museum is located in a densely populated downtown area, close to public transit, parking facilities and local amenities. The closest subway station is St. Patrick Station which is fully accessible. There is limited accessible street parking available on Centre Ave.
Services

Services

Large print guides and video transcripts are available in the Museum galleries. We have one manual wheelchair available free of charge at the admission desk, please contact mdavies@textilemuseum.ca to book in advance.
Support

Support

Support persons accompanying a visitor with a disability receive free admission at the Textile Museum of Canada. Identification is not required. Service animals are welcome at the Museum. Learn about our various community access above.

Attending Events

We encourage visitors of all abilities to participate in our events. If you are looking for detailed information about an upcoming event, please consult the individual event page on our site. If you have further questions, please contact us at mdavies@textilemuseum.ca.

We offer personalized tours and programs for organizations, schools and informal groups.

All School Visits and Group Tours are currently being offered virtually. Our offerings are tailored to the particular needs and interests of the groups we engage. There is something for everyone to take advantage of!

 

About School Visits

Our Virtual School Visits provide students with experiences and activities directly linked to provincial curriculum standards and cater to students of all ages. Arts, science, history, language, and culture are all woven into the fabric of hand-made textiles.

School Visits Guide & Fee Schedule

VISIT OPTIONS

Kindergarten Program

A 45 minute visit featuring hands-on textile activities, guided by the theme of one of our program offerings.

Guided Program (Grade 1 – 12 & Post-Secondary)

A 60 minute visit including a 45 minute program selected from our offerings & a 15 minute Q&A session.

Guided Studio Program (Grade 1 – 12 & Post-Secondary)

A 90 minute visit including a 45 minute program selected from our offerings & a 45 minute hands-on textile activity with time for Q&A.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Art Explorations (K – Grade 12)

Art Explorations examines the formal properties of textiles in relation to works of art. Through drawing exercises using collection items as reference, students will work with design principles and then apply them to textile materials.

Kindergarten Program, Guided Program or Guided Studio Program

LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Visual Art (Elements & Principles of Design)

Fibremath: Patterns, Symmetries & Grids (Grade 1 – 8)

Fibremath focuses on the links between textiles and mathematics. Students will discover how art and math unite to create beauty for our everyday lives.

Guided Program or Guided Studio Program 

LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Mathematics (Geometry, Patterning & Algebra)

Exhibition Tour (K – Grade 12, Post-Secondary)

Exhibition Tours invite students into our galleries to learn more about the artists engaged in our exhibitions and discover how their works enact the stories they wish to tell. Please select one to two exhibitions for your School Visit. Take a look at our What’s On page for current and upcoming exhibitions.

Kindergarten Program, Guided Program or Guided Studio Program

LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Learning connections will vary depending on the content of the chosen exhibition(s). Consult with our Education staff if you have particular learning goals you would like to be addressed.

Life Cycle of a Textile (K – Grade 12)

Life Cycle of a Textile explores tools of inquiry for considering the sustainability of textiles. Students will take a closer look at textile art & everyday items, learning how to make sustainable choices.

Available as of January 2022 – Kindergarten Program, Guided Program or Guided Studio Program

LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Visual Arts, Social Sciences, Geography, Science

Textile Storytellers (K – Grade 8)

Textile Storytellers explores the ways that textiles tell stories – of their makers, of their cultures, and of their journey through the world, into our homes, and onto our walls.

Kindergarten Program, Guided Program, Guided Studio Program

LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Social Sciences, Visual Arts, Language

Institutional Memberships

We offer Institutional Memberships to give our School partners access to Free Admission for students as well as discounted rates on School Visit programming.

Contact our Membership & Marketing Coordinator Caitlin Donnelly at cdonnelly@textilemuseum.ca for more information about Institutional Memberships and how to register or renew.

Our Virtual Group Tours provide community groups with a closer look into our exhibitions, permanent collections, and other projects.

Group Tours Guide & Fee Schedule

TOUR OPTIONS

Guided Tour

A 60 minute program including a 45 minute tour of one to two of our exhibitions & a 15 minute Q&A session.

Guided Studio Tour

A 90 minute program including a 45 minute tour of one to two of our exhibitions & a 45 minute hands-on textile activity with time for Q&A.

Self-Guided Tour & Guided Activity

A program including a 60 minute hands-on textile activity and time for a self-guided tour of the Museum.

EXHIBITIONS

Please select one to two exhibitions for your Group Tour. Take a look at our What’s On page for current and upcoming exhibitions.

Contact our Education Team

If you have an idea about how we can connect, or wish to consult about the particular accessibility needs or focused interests of your group, please reach out to schoolvisits@textilemuseum.ca or call (416) 599-5321 ext. 2225.

Have questions about our tours, or anything else? See our FAQ section below.