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“The only small thing in Toronto” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Textile Museum of Canada

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
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Owner description: The only museum of its kind in the country, featuring exhibits of beautiful clothing, carpets, quilts and ceremonial objects from around the world.
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
2 reviews
“The only small thing in Toronto”
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, on top of everything, still under plastic wraps. The gift shop is larger than the exhibition, I think. The very interesting quilts they have are under lock, and you need an appointment to see them. For 15 $ it's nothing more than legalized, daytime robbery. Spend the same money on the ROM; it's got lovely textile collections, and plenty more.

Visited December 2012
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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
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 ensure our current exhibitions will be of particular interest to you.

As for our size, we'd love to apologize for it, but its just who we are! Being a small museum allows us to have quick turnovers for our exhibitions and to remain flexible and innovative for our surrounding community.

Thanks for your feedback and helping to improve the TMC

Shawn McCarty
Textile Museum of Canada
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Neath, United Kingdom
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“Is this really a museum”
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 time this was.You really have to be a speciallist in fabric to find this remotely interesting.

Visited October 2012
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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
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 value your opinion, as other reviews on this site can attest, many visitors find our museum to be a worthwhile place to spend their time.

Thanks for your feedback, we will continue striving to provide an enjoyable experience for all our patrons.

Shawn McCarty
Textile Museum of Canada
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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“Check status before going”
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 status before going.

Visited October 2012
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TextileMuseumCanada, Public Relations Manager at Textile Museum of Canada, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
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 response to your feedback we've reiterated this policy to our front line volunteers.

We're glad to hear you enjoyed our active exhibitions and shop. Thank you for helping to improve the TMC.

Shawn McCarty
Textile Museum of Canada
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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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“Textiles As Art Forms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The day we went to the Textile Museum of Canada there was a very interesting display. The format was supposed to show the diversity of textile in art forms and the connections between art and fabric. There were a couple of displays that I didn't understand the connections but others were wonderfully clear. There were textiles displayed from many areas of the world, some showed rug hooking as art, embroidery as both art and a learning tool, textiles used as clothing, household articles, or practical objects as well as just aesthetic enjoyment. While we were there a class was being held and we saw signage that said there were other classes which could be attended to learn a number of fabric arts. We were impressed with the variety and uselfulness of the items for sale in the shop there and would have liked to spend longer looking at those. It is a small museum in physiacl size but has great possibilities to showcase more complex exhibits. There is a large workroom where school, and other, groups can convene for hands-on learning about textiles. we enjoyed our visit very much. You should leave about 2 hours to do the museum comfortably.

Visited September 2012
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“Enjoyable, but small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I enjoyed by visit, but found the collection (or what was on display) small, especially in comparison to the entrance fee, which I found to be rather large.

Visited September 2012
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