Textile Museum of Canada

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Textile Museum of Canada
Textile Museum of Canada 12163603575.jpg
Established 1975 (1975)
Location 55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′17″N 79°23′12″W / 43.6546°N 79.3868°W / 43.6546; -79.3868Coordinates: 43°39′17″N 79°23′12″W / 43.6546°N 79.3868°W / 43.6546; -79.3868
Type textile museum
Director Shauna McCabe[1]
Curator Sarah Quinton[2]
Public transit access St. Patrick subway station
Website textilemuseum.ca

The Textile Museum of Canada, located Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is the first Canadian museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and documentation of textiles. The museum was founded in 1975 by Max Allen and Simon Waegemaekers.

The Museum of Costume and Textile of Quebec (MCTQ) in Montreal, which had formerly been known as Marsil Museum, redefined its focus in 1993 primarily on the fields of costume, textiles and fibre.[3]


Textile Museum of Canada Collection

The Textile Museum has a permanent collection of more than 12,000 textiles from around the world. Covering 2,000 years of textile history, the collection includes fabrics, ceremonial cloths, garments, carpets, quilts and related artifacts.

The Textile Museum of Canada presents curated exhibitions of contemporary work and historic and ethnographic artifacts drawn from its own and others’ collections. The museum also offers lectures, round-table discussions, workshops, music and dance performances, hands-on demonstrations, school programs and public tours.

Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversity, one of the museum’s digitization projects, provides online access to 7,000 artifacts and a second phase will provide access to an additional 3,500 items.

Several of the museum's exhibits and publications have won multiple awards, including:

  • Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture (2003) [1][2]
  • Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversity (2006) [3]
  • A Terrible Beauty: An Installation (2006) [4]
  • Thor Hansen: Crafting a Canadian Style (2006) [5]


The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.


  1. ^ "Shauna McCabe, Executive Director". People. Textile Museum of Canada. Retrieved February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sarah Quinton, Curatorial Director". People. Textile Museum of Canada. Retrieved February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mission and History". About the Museum. Musée du costume et du textile du Québec. Retrieved April 2014. 

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