Design Exchange

Design Exchange, Toronto: Hours, Address, Design Exchange Reviews: 3.5/5

Design Exchange
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Located in one of Canada's Art Deco landmarks featuring the original Toronto Stock Exchange, Experience Design and be inspired by ever-changing exhibits, lectures, workshops, tours, screenings and camps from architecture to fashion design.
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Neighborhood: Financial District
How to get there
  • King • 3 min walk
  • Union • 4 min walk
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3.5
39 reviews
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MandiM
Fairfax, VA25 contributions
This was a great chance to see something out of the ordinary. As a graphic designer, I love to get inspired by the creativity of others. We went during the "Milano Made in Design" exhibit and it was really interesting. The room was transformed into separate areas that were very hands-on. They had cool chairs, diamond rings that moved (articulated), bikes, toy helicopters, and household items. Everything was very "designed" -- I don't know how else to put it.

Now for the not so good -- $5 for something that really took maybe 1 to 2 hours to tour. Seems a bit steep, but perhaps I am too used to the national museums in DC. If they had had more exhibits of that quality, I could have kept looking for much longer.
Written November 12, 2006
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,469 contributions
Friends
While visiting Canadian friends with some friends from home, we went on daytrips to Toronto twice, using the GO Train from Aldershot Train Station in Burlington. The train goes into Union Station in a section of the Financial District in Downtown Toronto on Front Street.

In touring the district, we soon found ourselves at Toronto Dominion Gallery of Intuit Art and Brookfield Place. Nearby was the Design Exchange, called the DX locally.

Our Canadian friend leading this daytrip told the building’s history. It was the original location of the Toronto Stock Exchange. It was built in the Art Deco style. It's now Canada’s museum of design. It’s a non-profit.

Admission to the DX is FREE.

The DX contains the Permanent Collection of Canadian Industrial Design. The museum has furniture, housewares, textiles, electronics, and lighting in its archives.

I felt rushed. I would have liked more time here to explore everything at a leisurely pace.

For what I did see, I rate the DX at 4.0.

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Written February 16, 2019
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DavidKAdventures
32 contributions
Couples
It's a tiny design museum with a tiny exhibit space. It's free, though, so that's nice. If you're in the area and have nothing else planned, it's worth a short visit. There was a nice exhibit about accessibility of stores/restaurants for the disabled. Not going to lie, the video made me cry a little.
Written July 12, 2018
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DonnaFab
Maspeth, NY17 contributions
Business
I went to 2 business receptions in the Design Exchange. The food was delicious and the space was perfect
Written May 26, 2015
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ilovedgreece
Canada1,560 contributions
I literally work around the corner from the Design Exchange and have been wanting the check out the Politics of Fashion display. I dropped by after work one Friday night- I bought my ticket online (which with taxes and everything came to around $17). I was taken up to the 3rd floor where I started looking around. I think I was there for about an hour. The exhibits were alright- nothing that blew my mind. Personally, I think this exhibit should have been free to enter, certainly not what I paid.

They also had a monogram dinner by design exhibit that was set up at the same time on a different floor. I checked that out- again, it was nothing special. On my way out I stopped in the gift shop (like others mentioned, it was kinda crappy and pricy).

Not sure if I would return to be frank.
Written January 24, 2015
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phpr
SE Ontario38,243 contributions
Friends
This space used to be one of the most dynamic in the city, with cutting edge exhibits in a grand space. Recently visited for the Politics of Fashion exhibit and was shocked at how dismal this museum has become. The entrance foyer is dark and silent with little to show. The coat check was unavailable because someone had apparently locked the half-door from the inside and no one on staff could figure out how to open the door. The ticket taker showed little to no interest in talking about the museum or what was available to see. One would think in a museum devoted to Canadian design you'd find something interesting and unique in the gift shop, but it was filled with crap from Japan. As for the Politics of Fashion exhibit, guest curated by "international fashion icon" Jeane Beker - don't waste your $20 ... poorly presented, poorly laid out and very thin on relational thought. All in all a complete embarrassment in a city with many fine museums and many fashionable residents.
Written December 31, 2014
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PeteMarl
Toronto, Ontario68 contributions
1930's Architecture and decor very interesting. Displays of Canadian innovations, like radios, furniture was good.
The actual stock exchange room until 1982 has a good space for presentations, weddings with murals reflecting economy of Canada.
Written July 11, 2018
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Thomas S
102 contributions
Solo
Not much to it but worth seeing the inside of the old stock exchange and front freize. Nice friendly staff
Written March 31, 2018
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Fred S
West Bloomfield474 contributions
I had seen pictures of the permanent exhibit. We were passing by the building and decided to go in. It's got some very kitschy furniture, and cute phonographs and radios from the fifties or earlier. Only need about 15 minutes to go through.
Written December 17, 2015
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Mathew G
Toronto, Canada133 contributions
Friends
I recently paid my first visit to the Design Exchange for an event that had an '80 theme with a US vs Canada vogue off as well as a The Rodnik Band Demonstration. I arrived fairly late, caught the end of the vogue off which was crazy and fun. Spent some time with friends and listened to the 80's classic's. I'd like to head back and check out more of the exhibits.
Written November 11, 2014
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  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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