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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Donna Magazine
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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wts765
Paris, France123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Come admire generations of art from several regions of arctic Canada. Be drawn in to the tiny, gorgeous sculptures as well as temporary exhibits (currently photos documenting climate change by youth photographers). Quiet space, perfect for contemplation. I am so glad I went.
Written March 5, 2016
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Janie K
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
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 have appreciated more written information to guide me, but the staff were very helpful with answering questions.

It's very reasonably priced ($5 adult). I only wish it was bigger!
Written January 20, 2016
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Arjun K
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
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!
Written December 11, 2015
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY7,233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
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.
Written October 21, 2015
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Samuel J
New York City, NY81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
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.
Written September 26, 2015
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K F
Washington DC, DC72 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 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 museum is located in a large commercial-looking building and is hard to find if you enter directly from Queen's Quay - it's on the opposite side of building.

We're real fans of Inuit art. I'm glad we went, but I wish I could give it a higher rating.
Written August 13, 2015
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Yas72
Toronto, Canada218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
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 the artworks is quite exquisite.
It is better to take the public transit as downtown is a hard place to find a parking spot and the museum doesn't have a designated one.
There are a few restaurants in the area and a bathroom facility in the main building (but nothing inside the tiny museum).
If you are an art lover and enjoy discovering new cultures, MIA is the place for you.
Written June 12, 2015
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johnny-glen
St John-in-Cornwall, UK481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
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 many mediums such as a variety of stone, horn and antler. Some exhibits are quite abstract forcing the viewer to use their imagination and some were extremely ornately carved. I loved in particular the carving of a polar bear sitting on a hunter and the intricately carved birds sitting in antler trees. The entrance fee to this museum is Can $6 and was extremely good value.
Written May 10, 2015
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Hlwdgrl
Los Angeles, CA144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Business
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 they also had some Cape Dorset prints on display. The collection is just the right size... not too overwhelming but enough to satisfy. While there, do check out the gift shop, which has some lovely items for sale. The very knowledgeable gift shop assistant was an added bonus.
Written March 31, 2015
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