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“small but excellent”

Textile Museum of Canada
Ranked #136 of 547 things to do in Toronto
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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.
Reviewed December 30, 2017

This small museum, on a side street near the more major streets of Dundas and Bay St., is well worth a visit for anyone interested in textile art. When I was there, one of its two floors featured a series of about 15 works by Jose Benitez Sanchez, a Huichol (Mexico) shaman-artist who used those native people’s traditional yarn and bead painting techniques to tell their creation story. The other floor featured Japanese kimonos, both beautifully elaborate, with colorful designs of cranes, peacocks, chrysanthemums and the like, and plain, with simpler designs in white set against indigo blue. There was also a small gift shop. The exhibits change periodically, so who knows what will be there when you visit, but it will probably be beautiful.

Thank Lisa Y
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Reviewed November 13, 2017 via mobile

For any person interested in textile making, history and enjoys museums, this is the perfect fit for you.

This museum is several stories and has both stairs and an elevator to access the exhibits on the second and third floor only. It was eye opening to see the detail involved in the craft as well as the cultural and historical aspects of textiles. The type of displays range from a small amount of interactive hands on ones, others which are viewing only of the artifacts (you want to touch them though that is what textiles are all about!) as well documentary film style exhibits.

This museum is not too big and, including a visit to the gift shop, it was a visit at around 1.5 hours. If I had more patience I would have deeply read and absorbed each display I would have likely stayed 2 hours.

The gift shop is a modest size and has a great array of textile assorted items too! There are textiles from around the world to purchase, I saw a small number of rug hooking sets, great how to books on textiles, felted scarves, a small rack of woven clothing and lots of assorted choice of wallets and change purses handmade from Nepal and Mexico. That does not even scratch the surface of the choice there so if you are an appreciator of textiles and shopping... that is the place to go! The shop is on the second floor and they told me you can go into the shop without paying for admission.

My admission today free was through the Museum and Art Pass that I obtained in advance before my visit through the Toronto Public Library. Ordinarily admission would be $15 for adults. The front desk requires that large bags be checked at the front.

If you like textiles this spot is a great & interesting educational experience.

I would think anyone who boo hoos this museum likely isn't a fan of textiles in the first place or expecting an extremely massive museum which this place is not.

Thank Whereheart_wanders
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

Not very interesting to me and it is not something l would pay to see. l was there for a whole 45 minutes and that was still too long.

Thank stevendD6925DX
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Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

It is gallery, a small museum, but beautiful. We enjoyed learning about the making if kimonos, and enjoyed the multimedia targeting the whole family.

Thank ValvaMG
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

This is a small museum but large enough for two special exhibits. Both were well displayed and allowed the visitors to come close to the pieces on exhibit. We followed a tour led by an extremely knowledgeable docent. They do not display a core collection. It's easy to spend 2 hours here.

Thank fromphila
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