Plan Your Visit to the Museum

Our visitors and community are at the heart of what we do. The Textile Museum of Canada is located in downtown Toronto. During our re-opening phase, visitors will have access to three galleries of rotating exhibitions and the Museum Shop.

Our permanent collection is showcased in special exhibitions and available in full for reference online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We support intergenerational learning with monthly Textile Teach-ins, and an innovative series of lectures, workshops, seminars, and tours. We are currently exploring ways to continue these programs online during our re-opening period, stay tuned for future updates. Looking to delve a little deeperOur Learning page has education guides for all our exhibitions with activities and further reading! 

The Museum will be re-opening to members on August 7 and to the general public on August 19. We ask that you please review our Guidelines for Visitors before arriving as it contains important information about your visit. Admission to the Museum will be on a timed ticketing system to ensure social distancing protocols.  

If you are unable to purchase tickets online, please contact admissions@textilemuseum.ca so we can facilitate your visit  

Holiday Schedule

Open: Family Day, August Civic Holiday, Labour Day
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Weekend (inc Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday), Victoria Day, Canada Day.

Please note that the Museum closes at 2:00 pm on December 24 and December 31.

01. Admission

During our re-opening phase, the Museum will be utilizing a timed ticketing system, please purchase your tickets in advance. If you require assistant with buying tickets or are unable to purchase tickets online for whatever reason, please contact admissions@textilemuseum.ca 

Ticket Type
Price
General Admission
$15.00
Youth (6-18 years)
$6.00
Student (with valid Post-Secondary ID)
$6.00
Seniors (65 years+)
$10.00
Children (5 years and under)
FREE
Members
FREE

02. 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

03. 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.

During our reopening phase, if you would like to visit the Museum under our Indigenous Access Program please contact Mab Coates-Davies at mdavies@textilemuseum.ca and we will arrange a ticket for you.  

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.”

During our re-opening phase, we will be pausing our involvement in the CANOO program, we hope to be able to return soon. For the time being, we suggest visiting the Museum during our Pay-What-You-Wish hours on Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Mornings.  

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.

During our re-opening phase, we will be pausing our involvement in the Toronto Public Library Museum + Arts Pass (MAP), we hope to be able to return to the program soon. For the time being, we suggest visiting the Museum during our Pay-What-You-Wish hours on Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Mornings.  

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.

During our re-opening phase, the Museum will be offering Pay-What-You-Wish timed tickets on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Please register for tickets in advance as space is limited. We kindly ask that you consider making a donation to the Museum in lieu of admission, any contribution is greatly appreciated.  

During our re-opening phase, if you are visiting the Museum and will be attending with a support person, please contact Mab Coates-Davies at mdavies@textilemuseum.ca and we will arrange access for your support person.

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.

04. 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 Museums shares the ground level of 55 Centre Avenue with the Chesnut Park Condominium. The Museums 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.

Our Groups Tours and School Visits programs are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

We are working to develop ways to bring the Museum to your group digitally in the coming months. If you have an idea about how we can support your students please reach out to our Curator of Education, Susan Fohr at sfhor@textilemuseum.ca

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

Private tours can be arranged for groups of 6-60; two weeks’ notice needed.

What to Expect

Tours last approximately 1 hour. We suggest allocating 1.5 hours for your visit to allow for additional self-directed viewing and browsing in the Museum Shop.

Upon arrival, groups will be welcomed by our Visitor Services team at our ground floor lobby. The group will be escorted to the level 2 reception space where they will meet their tour leader. Group tour participants can store coats and large bags in our secure coatroom. Exhibitions are located on level 2 and 3.

Other Considerations

Arriving via chartered bus? Please keep in mind that while brief stops are possible, there are no designated parking areas in front of the Museum and Centre Avenue is a small, busy street used frequently for deliveries.

Please visit our accessibility page for more information on wheelchairs, touch tours and other services available.

Click here for more information on how to get to the Museum.

Admission + Tour price per person:
General: $17
Senior: $12
Student: $8
Textile Museum Member: Free

Link to booking request form

For more information, contact:
Education and Interpretation Coordinator
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x2228
Email: events@textilemuseum.ca

The study of textiles presents opportunities for learning from a wide variety of perspectives. Arts, mathematics, science, history, language, and culture are all woven into the fabric of hand-made textiles. Our school visit program provides students with experiences and activities which are directly linked to the Ontario Curriculum and cater to K-12 and post-secondary students.

We require two weeks’ notice for booking. School visits can be booked for 9:30 am onwards. Select one of the following options for your visit (HST included):

  1. Kindergarten program – 1 hour hands-on activity in Fibrespace – available for up to 25 students; $8.00 per student
  2. Gallery Tour – one hour tour of current exhibitions – available for up to 60 students; $8.00 per student
  3. Gallery/Studio Program – 2 hours; includes a tour of current exhibitions and a hands-on activity in Fibrespace – available for up to 60 students; $10.00 per student

To find out more about our different program offers, click here.

For more information, please contact:
Curator of Education
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x2228
Email: schoolvisits@textilemuseum.ca

What to Expect

The group will be escorted to the reception space on level 2; group tour participants can store coats and large bags in our secure coatroom. Student activities will take place on level 2 and level 3 of the Museum. There is no food or drink allowed in the Museum; please note that we do not have space for class lunches.

We strive to engage multiple learning styles through writing and drawing exercises in the galleries, handling textiles from our education collection, and a dialogic approach to gallery teaching. Our studio activities include card weaving, appliqué, beading, and embroidery.

Other Considerations

Our programs are conducted by a committed team of staff and volunteer educators who will adapt a program to the needs of your class. Please tell us if there are any special considerations involving your students. ESL and special needs students are welcome. Please visit our accessibility page for more information on other services available.

We offer professional development teachers’ evenings twice a year for K-12, post-secondary, museum, and community arts educators. The Curator of Education shares educational resources and models a school program featuring one of our current exhibitions.

06. Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take pictures? Why is it so dark in here? I have this textile…

Reopening Period

During our reopening period, please view our GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS for information about visiting the Museum 

Photography and Video Recording

Photography (without flash) and video recording is allowed everywhere in the Museum, for personal use only. Please tag us on Instagram (@textilemuseumofcanada) and Facebook! For media requests, please contact Caitlin Donnelly, Membership & Marketing Coordinator, at cdonnelly@textilemuseum.ca or 416-599-5321 x 2245.

Food and Drink

No food or drink is allowed in the galleries. Mothers are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the Museum.

No Touching

Please DO NOT TOUCH the objects on display in the galleries. Most objects in our exhibitions are not in cases, which allows you to look closely at the details of each piece; however, touching is not allowed.

Coat, Bag Check and Permitted Items

Our coat room is currently closed and there is no storage for large bags or suitcases at this time. Backpacks must be worn on your front. 

 

Drawing and Sketching

No pens or markers are allowed in the galleries. Pencils and pencil crayons may be used.

Scents

We ask for your cooperation in keeping the Museum scent-free in order to maintain a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone. Visitors are encouraged to avoid or reduce the use of heavily fragranced products, which may include perfumes/colognes and scented lotions.

Video Surveillance

For the protection of visitors, staff and our exhibitions, the Textile Museum of Canada is monitored by video surveillance.

Animals

Pets are not permitted in the Museum; however, service animals are allowed.

US Tender

We accept American cash at par. Please note that we do not accept US debit cards.

Wheelchairs

A wheelchair is available for visitors to use and may be reserved in advance by phone or email.

You come into contact with them every day!

Textiles are objects that protect the body, furnish the home, and express personal and cultural identity.

Made from a wide range of natural and synthetic materials, they demonstrate the ingenuity of their makers, who transform wool, cotton, silk, animal skins, bark, polyester, or grass into cloth that perfectly suits its purpose.

Our permanent collection represents historic techniques that continue to be practiced today. It includes woven textile fragments from 11th century Egypt, an Inuit seal skin appliquéd hanging, a Malaysian cowrie shell war vest made around 1910, an early 20th century camel headdress from Afghanistan, Indigenous beadwork, a child’s suit made from salmon skin from China, hooked rugs and quilts from across Canada, a collection of Chinese children’s festival hats, William Morris curtain fragments, prayer rugs from Iran, indigo-dyed women’s wrappers from Nigeria, and woven alpaca ponchos from Bolivia.

Our contemporary exhibitions celebrate textiles as personal and cultural expressions, technical innovation, cultural continuity, and new materials.

The Textile Museum of Canada is relevant to anyone who has clothes on right now, or who stepped out from between the sheets this morning to open the curtains and put their feet on the rug. These are just a few of the basic encounters we have with textiles and fibre, but it’s a global human experience that runs deep and rich.

We have digitized our entire collection of over 15,000 objects, and incorporate objects from our collection into our exhibitions whenever possible. However, due to the size constraints of our gallery space there is not a dedicated exhibition of our permanent collection at this time. We are working towards re-establishing a permanent collection gallery by late 2021.

During our reopening period, we will be unable to accommodate visits to our collection. Please contact Roxane Shaughnessy for inquiries about our collection.

Textiles are one of the most light-sensitive materials that you will find on display at a museum. Exposure to light causes weakness of fibres and fading, which can result in severe damage to textiles if left unchecked. All forms of light can cause damage but light sources with high UV content, such as daylight, are the most destructive. Light damage to textiles is cumulative and irreversible, so it’s important for us to reduce the amount and intensity of light exposure to our collection whenever possible.

The Museum uses a dimming LED lighting system in our galleries, as it contains low levels of the UV spectrum and can be adjusted for the needs of individual pieces. We also have motion detectors that dim the lights when no one is in a gallery to reduce the amount of light exposure a textile receives. Placing a light source father away from an object reduces the intensity of light exposure that an object receives while on display. For this reason, we do not place spotlights within our cases.

We strive to make our galleries accessible for our visitors but sometimes the needs of the textiles on display require low lighting levels for their care. If you are finding that the lighting in a gallery is making it difficult to read the labels, a clear print exhibition guide is available at the front desk. Tours for visitors with low vision are also available through our education department.

Please don’t. Our museum is special because there is no glass separating you from the artifacts on display, and you can get up close. But we ask you not to touch, and here’s why:

Our skin contains oils, salts, and residues. When people touch an object, these things build up and result in chemical reactions that cause deterioration. Damage caused to textiles is a slow, gradual process and the immediate effect of poor handling is not apparent. Although the damage isn’t as easy to see as a ceramic vase breaking when you drop it, it’s still happening! This also means that a textile, especially an old one, is probably much more fragile than it looks at first glance. Dyes, chemicals, and a variety of natural but slightly gross substances are often used to make textiles. These can remain on the surface and touching them means they will get on your hands and clothing.

In short, we ask you not to touch because it keeps you and the textiles safe. The longer we keep an object in good condition, the more people will get to see it. Please help us preserve our collection for generations to come.

During our reopening period, we will be unable to accommodate open visits to our Museum shop – we suggest registering for one of our Pay-What-You-Wish times. If you are interested in a particular item, our Shop Manager is happy to answer any questions you have and arrange for curbside pickup – jlee@textilemuseum.ca

At this time the H.N. Pullar Library will be closed to the public, we apologize for the inconvenience.   

The Museum is grateful for the donation of objects to the collection. However, please note that we have currently placed a moratorium on new acquisitions as we undergo an in-depth review of our policies.

For more information about donating to the Museum’s collection, click here.

Interested in selling your items in our Museum shop? Please contact our shop manager June Lee at jlee@textilemuseum.ca or 416-599-5321 x 2233 to make an appointment, as items left behind for review without prior authorization will be considered donations or will be disposed of.

At this time, we are unable to accommodate donations to our textile sales and textiles sales are currently on hold . Please stay tuned for updates as we work to revive these sales  

Our conservator Hillary Anderson has put together a list of resources for textile enthusiasts and owners including local independent appraisers and conservators. Due to the overwhelming number of requests we receive, we are not able to respond to inquiries relating to artifacts which are not in our collection.

Yes! Check out our Get Involved page to learn more about volunteering at the Museum and find out if there are currently any job openings.