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Textile Museum of Canada

55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2H5, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
(416) 599-5321
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Ranked #179 of 309 attractions in Toronto
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: 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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San Antonio, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

TMC is a very small museum near the campus of the University of Toronto. The exhibition of Japanese kimonos was exquisite and quite delightful-very well displayed. While the collection on hand seems a bit limited, it is clear that there is an emphasis on community involvement in their offerings which speaks well for this place. I would recommend a stop... More

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toronto, ontario
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

It's small and has a very limited permanent collection on display, so visit when there is a special exhibition that grabs you. We found the layout a little tricky: although neither was clearly marked, the third floor exhibition went counter-clockwise, but the 2nd floor progressed clockwise through the gift shop. We did both backwards and didn't know what we were... More

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canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Its small but very interesting and the shop is fantastic. staff helpful. Would have liked to see the new exhibit which opens today but can't go back.

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Ottawa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I visited the museum while on business and although it was small, it was quite charming. I really enjoyed the various clothing they had on display and the foil exhibit was amazing! I played on the weaving looms in the interactive area, that was quite fun, even if you're a kid-at-heart. Wednesday is the best day to go, they are... More

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Toronto, Canada
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44 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Although the visit was short, we enjoyed this museum with all its various displays of textiles. I especially liked the antique textiles such as the saris and kimonos. There is also a room where visitors can try a hand at the looms. The shop was also full of interesting items to buy.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Although this was more interesting for my partner than myself it was very informative and well laid out, my partner really enjoyed herself with the hands on approach to weaving machine which was for all to use and make the cloth, also a nice little film show.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Definitely check the status of the museum before going. On my previous visit a few years ago I was quite impressed with the exhibits. This time I invited a friend to come with me (who lives out of town) to see the museum and specifically the Marimekko exhibition. Luckily we had a 2 for 1 coupon so didn't pay full... More

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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review

Possumblossom, In direct response to your feedback we have spoken to our front desk volunteers about giving clearer explanations when giving out the free return vouchers that every visitor receives if visiting between exhibitions. While we try to minimize downtime as much as possible, it's sadly unavoidable when changing over to a new exhibit. So very glad to hear you... More

Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Coming from Europe, more or less everything in Canada seemed huge to me. This was the exception. The textile museum is TINY, and the exhibition sparse, so you get to see very little for the ticket price. When I was there, much space was taken by a dreadful exhibition of "natural fabrics" (=various forms of straw), much of which was,... More

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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review

Katy24250, Unfortunately the plastic sheet you mention was part of a temporary renovation project, and we sincerely apologize as it should not have been covering displays during visiting hours. While we regret that you did not personally enjoy our Natural Resources exhibit, as with all museums, it is always advisable to call or check our website ahead of time to... More

Neath, United Kingdom
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110 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

If I had known it was as easy as throwing a few rugs on the wall and charging $15 to enter I would have done this at home and called it a museum. We were charged half price as only one floor was open. Even this was too much. I can't begin to say how bad and a waste of... More

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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit, though we are saddened to hear it was not a positive experience. Our exhibition spaces turnover frequently and cover a considerable range of craft and contemporary-art related subjects. Because of this it is always advisable to check our website in advance to ensure the subject matter will be of particular interest to you. While we... More

Alcester, United Kingdom
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178 reviews 178 reviews
78 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Textile Museum was mostly of interest to my wife. Unfortunately it was largely closed for change of exhibits when we went. We were offered a free entry when it had been completed, but since we live 3000 miles away that was not much use. The exhibits on show were interesting and the shop was excellent. Best to check the... More

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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review

AnotherEngineer, We certainly agree that it's wise to call or check our website in advance to determine exhibit status, as we typically have a quick turnover for our exhibitions. We regret to hear that you were not offered a half-price ticket as opposed to a free return voucher, as this is standard for international visitors during exhibit downtime. In direct... More

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