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Textile Museum of Canada

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Address: 55 Centre Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2H5, Canada
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The only museum of its kind in the country, featuring exhibits of beautiful...

The only museum of its kind in the country, featuring exhibits of beautiful clothing, carpets, quilts and ceremonial objects from around the world.

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The museum is modest in size, spread over three floors of a compact building. If you are expecting standard textile displays, you're about to have your mind opened. We went to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
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Toronto, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw one small visiting exhibit with very few textiles in it, an exhibit of children's work from the YMCA, and the main exhibition space was closed. Oh and the permanent collection... is in a secret warehouse somewhere. Deeply disappointed, and not advised at the entry desk (where they rook $15 each) that one floor was closed. The gift shop... More 

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Cedar Park, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you value art even just a little bit, you can appreciate this quaint museum. It has a bit of history, and culture nestled in one location.

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Thank Jordan A
Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The museum is modest in size, spread over three floors of a compact building. If you are expecting standard textile displays, you're about to have your mind opened. We went to see the Sheila Hicks exhibit. Brilliant! I have to admit that the last time we visited was for the Kaffe Fassett exhibit - long years ago. [Mental note made:... More 

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Thank Roger K
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is definitely not the Louvre - so moderate expectations- but I had an enjoying visit. I came in without any knowledge of textiles and their role in art, but it didn't really matter. In particular, the Sheila Hicks exhibit was fantastic. The place is small and focused - there were 2 exhibits on 2 floors when I went and... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The Textile Museum of Canada is a rather specialized and small museum on Centre Street just east of University Avenue, a few feet south of Dundas. It is located in a low-rise office building sort of structure. Admission is $15 for most people. There are also annual memberships. The museum is located on the third and fourth floors of the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This tiny museum is on two floors tucked into the corner of a building. I had expected to see a permanent collection of textiles as well as the special exhibits, but there were only the two special exhibits. We enjoyed one but not the other. We were less than an hour to see the museum itself, then maybe half an... More 

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Thank LittleIgor
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Paid 21$ to see a few examples of "how to make strange shapes with textile Althouge the art work is valued, the exhibition in boring and not worh the money. Not what I expected for a place called "textile museum". In addition, the parking was very expensive.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Tucked into 2 small floors of a non museum looking building, I must confess I expected more Canadian textiles on display. An interesting display of bead work and the current exhibition is by Sheila Hicks called Material Voices involving weaving and fibre art. A shop has a selection of gifts and momentos. There is an elevator.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This little museum is tucked away in the heart of the city but what it lacks for in space it makes up for in quality. If you like textiles and surface design than this place is a lovely discovery. For anyone in creative fields or fan of applied & decorative arts they have some great eye candy . A source... More 

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Newcastle, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Not huge but interesting and well-curated with an extensive gift shop. TOP TIP - buy the triple pass for this with the Shoe Museum and the Gardiner Museum for 20$ and make a big saving

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