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Museum of Inuit Art

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Address: 207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1A7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-640-1571
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Canada’s only public museum south of the Arctic devoted exclusively to...
Canada’s only public museum south of the Arctic devoted exclusively to Inuit art and culture. Explore over 600 works of art, including sculpture in stone, antler, ivory and bone, innovative prints, drawings, ceramics and textile art from our permanent collection and on loan from first-class collections across Canada. The Museum of Inuit Art is located inside the Queen’s Quay Terminal Building at Toronto’s Harbourfront. Open Monday-Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.
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Where size does not matter!

Located in downtown Toronto and by the Harbourfront Centre, the little MIA is a wonderful place to learn about Inuit art. The museum is inside a larger building on the ground... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
Toronto, Canada
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Good for a quick visit, this tiny museum houses some lovely pieces but in other respects looks like a very large gift shop (the gift shop itself is pretty sparse). Admission is not too expensive. Curating could be improved; it seems pitched to middle school visitors. The large map of First Nation territories in present-day Canada is very informative. The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Located in downtown Toronto and by the Harbourfront Centre, the little MIA is a wonderful place to learn about Inuit art. The museum is inside a larger building on the ground floor, so don't look for a separate building. The fee is small compared to other attractions and although it is not a large collection, the variety and beauty of... More 

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St John-in-Cornwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We visited this museum on 18 April. Because of some nearby construction work some of the exhibits were covered to protect them from dust, this did not however detract from our enjoyment of this extraordinary and fascinating exhibition of Inuit art. Most of the art is exhibited behind glass in large illuminated display areas. There are examples of sculptures using... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This small gem is hidden away in the Queen's Quay Terminal, which in itself is a pleasant place to hang out (my companion and I had a quite decent dim sum lunch while looking out over frozen Lake Ontario and watching the planes take off from Billy Bishop Airport). The museum concentrates on Inuit sculpture, although when I was there... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Although the museum is small, it packs a nice punch. They have an extensive collection with many parts changing periodically. This time they had a section of pottery by the Inuit. This was an eye-opener since I never realized they also did pottery. There was a special table setup for March break with somebody showing the different types of materials... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went into the mall to do some shopping, and discovered this small museum. It costs only $3 to go in, and it is a gallery of mostly modern Inuit art which was brilliant. I just loved some of the sculptures, they were all unique and some are very beautiful. We brought home a little glass figure, but I could... More 

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Evanston, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was our second visit to the museum, this time with my sister-in-law. This is a first-class museum of Inuit art. The gift shop is impressive and proceeds go to the cooperatives that exhibit and to maintaining the museum.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The Museum of Inuit Art features a small but beautiful collection of inuit art. It was a little hard to find whilst in the area and once I did, the doors were locked. I had to wait 15 minutes and come back where I was met with a friendly but shy staff member. It doesn't take long to explore the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This small, out-of-the-way museum on the lakefront is fantastic. I expected to see several Inuksuk pieces but the art is modern. There are pieces large and small. More than you'd expect in a museum this size. I was especially impressed by the detail on some of the small pieces (size of the tip of your finger). There are also prints... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Inuit sculpture here is just breathtakingly beautiful! It more than makes up for the inconveniences of the museum. First off, you're lucky if you can find the place; we had to hunt all through the large building it's in as there was no signage. Secondly, once inside, there was almost no interpretive guidance. The place seemed to be undergoing... More 

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