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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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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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Small but shining

I just chanced upon this little museum on a cold winter's day. I'm sure the Queens Wharf are is more inviting in summer but it was like an arctic tundra the day I was there. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Janie K
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Tamworth, Australia
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Tamworth, Australia
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just chanced upon this little museum on a cold winter's day. I'm sure the Queens Wharf are is more inviting in summer but it was like an arctic tundra the day I was there. It's not large, but it does have a small, thought out collection of beautiful works in a range of mediums. As a foreigner I would... More 

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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

The museum of Inuit art is on the Queens quay by the harborfront centre. It's a small museum and is very pretty. Just by its artwork it speaks volumes of the Inuit culture. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and can't wait to go again!

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Thank Arjun K
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

I just found this while walking around the Harbourfront Centre. It is a very small and inexpensive museum devoted exclusively to Inuit Art and culture - people of the Artic. They had a delightful collection of sculptures and prints.

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1 Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

It is a very small museum with wonderful art. It is hard to find. There is no signage out by the street. Even though the museum is MIA it is worth search.

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1 Thank Samuel J
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Whatever your familiarity with Inuit art, this small museum displays hundreds of items in permanent and changing exhibits. Sculpture, prints, drawings and textiles from many Arctic communities are a visual delight and evidence the variety of Inuit arts.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
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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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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466 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
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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Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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