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. Visitors have access to two galleries of rotating exhibitions, the H.N. Pullar reference library, the Museum Shop, and interactive educational spaces.
Our permanent collection is showcased in special exhibitions and available in full for reference online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Special in-person viewing of items in our collection are available by appointment. Visit our exhibitions, try our interactive looms, and participate in our programs. We support intergenerational learning with monthly Textile Teach-ins, family drop-ins during school holidays, and an innovative series of lectures, workshops, seminars, and tours. Looking to delve a little deeper? Our reference library contains over 4,500 books and journals from around the world on a number of topics related to textiles.
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.
We offer many types of admission, participate in reciprocal agreements with other museums, and offer community access programs. To reduce financial barriers, we offer pay-what-you-wish admission on Wednesday evenings 5–8 pm. Please see below for more information.
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.
The Textile Museum of Canada is located one block east of St Patrick subway station, which is on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina).
Due to heavy construction between Spadina Avenue and Yonge Street, Dundas 505 streetcars have been replaced with buses. If you are taking the bus, get off at University Avenue and walk one block east 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Admission to the Museum is pay-what-you-wish every Wednesday from 5–8 pm.
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.
EntranceThe 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 SpaceThe 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, and single use/all gender washrooms are located on the Mezzanine (located between ground level and level 2).