Museum of Inuit Art
Museum of Inuit Art
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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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  • Union • 8 min walk
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SASinToronto
Toronto41 contributions
Aug 2012
the Museum of Inuit Art, located on the waterfront is a thing of beauty, from the design of the gallery space, its furniture and of course its collection of artifacts, sculptures, textiles, prints, and so much more, all excellently displayed and identified.
Written September 15, 2012
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Donna Magazine
Toronto, Canada24 contributions
Nov 2018
What a fabulous museum right in the heart of Toronto. Yes, it's a great museum with lots to learn about the originators of this great country Canada. The artwork is something that you will not see anywhere else on this planet.
Written October 8, 2019
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Ana P
Mississauga, Canada9 contributions
Jun 2012
I'm not sure how long it has been there, but luckily we 'stumbled" into it while taking a stroll around Harbourfront. definitely worth visiting. Beautiful pieces and friendly staff/
Written November 28, 2012
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Rebekah P
New York City, NY18 contributions
Jun 2012 • Solo
Objects are sometimes for sale in the gift shop and are sometimes displayed in the museum! Which is it?? Like the comment previously listed, I found David, the owner, to be arrogant and did not seem to have very much respect for the Inuit people he is profiting from. The front desk volunteers look miserable- never a good sign when it comes to an organization. If you want to view Inuit art at a legitimate museum, I would visit the AGO!
Written June 19, 2012
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Debby W
Durham, UK156 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
This place didn't feel welcoming, and had the feel of being a shop front rather than an actual museum
Written June 12, 2012
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simomx4
Staten Island, NY55 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Don't waste your time. My daughter and I were so disappointed. We were out in 15 minutes. There was not a lot of art and the majority of it was sculptures from the past 10 years. There was no history, and there was no way to learn about the people and their art. It is such a shame. We really wanted to learn and thought we would learn all about the people and their art over the course of history.
Written September 2, 2013
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Mermaid_22222
Toronto, Canada153 contributions
Feb 2012 • Business
Actually, I think it was the owner we were dealing with -- David. We were asking an honest question -- how much are the artists paid for their work because you hear stories of the native artists being ripped off by the white man. He became very rude and defensive. We came to buy a corporate gift and had some ideas of what we were looking for, but did need some guidance. Well, forget about getting help from him, he turned his back and walked away from us. I guess you're just supposed to fork over your money and not ask questions. But some of the things there were so very overpriced compared to other galleries. We usually shop at the Guild on Cumberland, but this time we thought we'd try somewhere new. Well, we won't be back there. We took a taxi up to Yorkville and were very happy with our purchase. The museum is just a gimmick to get people warmed up to buying their overpriced artwork.
Written March 27, 2012
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Thank for you the feedback - given the many positive reports on this forum regarding the Museum of Inuit Art we are sorry that your experience was not similar. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine from your review exactly what transpired because it seems that there was some misunderstanding regarding our organization. The museum does not in fact have an owner; rather, we are a registered non-profit organization and were founded to fulfill a forty year need for a museum dedicated to Inuit art and culture - and we are committed to ensuring that the museum's 75,000 yearly visitors have access to timely and accurate information about the museum and its mandate. As an award-winning institution we are committed to achieving our mandate - which includes operating the MIA Gallery in order to represent living Inuit artists and their work. acquired exclusively through the Inuit cooperatives and art marketing organizations - and for which we had been acknowledged as one of the top representatives in Canada and a leader in publications and research. The relationship of the gallery to the museum is articulated throughout the gallery signage, but essentially the gallery supports both living artists and the museum's operational costs. The MIA Gallery has exclusive deals with Inuit owned and operated cooperatives and art marketing systems, meaning that they set the gallery's prices and we do not raise them. In fact, we have been routinely told that our gallery's prices are significantly lower than most other galleries. To answer your original question, artists are paid up front when they sell their work to the cooperative or art marketing organization. They are offered a price and are able to accept it or decide to sell the work elsewhere. It's an entirely equitable system, controlled by Inuit, and when someone purchases artwork here the proceeds go back into the communities and into supporting our museum. Our museum is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to art made by Inuit and I can assure you it is not a gimmick to persuade people into purchasing works at the gallery. The gallery exists in order to offer interested people an opportunity to purchase a work and to allow those proceeds to support vital museum operations, but the vast majority of our 75,000 annual visitors do not shop in the gallery. Neither do any of the thousands of school children who take advantage of our complimentary school visits program. We are committed to fulfilling our mandate, which is to showcase the history, variety, breadth and depth of this art form for the public and in creating meaningful experiences for our visitors. We would like to invite you for a guided tour of the museum in order to demonstrate how we work towards our mandate and address any concerns you may still have. Please contact us at info@miamuseum.ca if you would like to continue the discussion or come in for a tour.
Written April 1, 2012
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RowMac
Tasmania, Australia257 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
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 artwork, even when taking the time to read and interpret each piece - it is filled with some fantastic artwork though!

Being an international visitor, I was perhaps hoping to gain a little more knowledge about the inuit people as I knew virtually nothing about them. While the museum featured a diverse range of inuit art, I don't feel I learnt enough about their way of life/history which I was hoping to learn from their art.
Written April 25, 2014
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H P
Brampton, Canada12 contributions
I lived in the North for 3 years and what is shown at this Museum is but a small taste of what people should be informed and educated about when they visit such an establishment. It is clear that the proprietors have extreme prejudices and are only showing items which reflect a very narrow view of Inuit Art and the artists that make it great.
Written November 12, 2012
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We are sorry to hear that you felt your experience at the museum was less than positive. MIA is committed to showing the breadth and depth of art made by Inuit and currently has the largest permanent display of the art form in the country. We make a special effort to include a variety of media as well as art from different time periods and regions within Canada. If you'd like to offer any suggestions about what else you would like to see us showcase, please send us an email at info@miamuseum.ca.
Written November 13, 2012
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rchen
Panama37 contributions
Jul 2012
This is very subjective because I am not a museum person, the exhibition is interesting but lacks interactivity so it bored me a bit. But if you take the time to read all the descriptions it will be a good learning experience. The pieces of art are mostly contemporary so it is very artsy but in a passive way.
Written August 29, 2012
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