Textile Museum of Canada

Arts & Culture


The Textile Museum of Canada will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2025! With your support, we want to ensure the Textile Museum of Canada serves to the future generation for another 50 years. 

Located in downtown Toronto, we are the only museum in Canada dedicated to exploring the human experience through textiles.

The Textile Museum of Canada ignites creativity, inspires wonder, and sparks conversation through the stories held within our global collection of textiles, and active engagement with contemporary art practices. 

The Museum’s exhibitions present the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists and often draw from our collection. The Museum is an internationally renowned educational institution, recognized for the relevance and diversity of its exhibitions, innovative approaches to educational programs, and the significance and digital accessibility of its collection. 

On March 29, 2023, we opened a gallery to permanently showcase, on a rotating basis, selections from our collection of 15,000 objects from 200 regions around the globe. 

My mom’s love of textiles infused many areas of her life. As an enthusiastic weaver, knitter, seamstress, embroiderer, and needle pointer, she always had several projects “on the go.” She cherished the artistry and cultural significance of textiles, and, as an adventurous traveler, she explored textile traditions across the globe. She found a lifelong, close-knit community by sharing her love of textiles with friends and family. She served as a docent and volunteer at The Textile Museum of Canada for many years to ensure everyone could share the community, learning, and joy fostered by the textile arts. She hoped that her donation to the museum would allow future generations to continue to find beauty and understanding of other cultures through textiles. Margaret Anne Wylie Light’s daughter. 

Our Impact

Since September 2021, the Museum has diverted over 12,000 pounds of textiles from the landfill through our Textile Reuse Program. Located in our new Textile Learning Hub, the Hub helps foster awareness of textile sustainability and explores contemporary issues ranging from upcycling and environmental consciousness to personal expression and well-being.    

Our programs also offer chances for deeper engagement with audiences by introducing participants to the Museum’s Reuse Program, whose focus will be to divert textile donations from landfills, provide accessible and affordable options for a wide variety of makers, artists, and designers, and act as a venue for workshops and other programs that promote upcycling and sustainability. 

See what your legacy could be

Talk to Textile Museum of Canada about a legacy gift

Legal Name

The Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles

Charity Number

107756207 RR 0001

How your gift will be used

All donations to the Textile Museum of Canada – the only museum of its kind in the country – support our highest priorities including researching and presenting textile and fashion exhibitions, delivering programs in collaboration with diverse communities, providing daily learning activities for visitors and sustainable textile education, and caring and conserving a collection of 15,000 global textiles spanning 2000 years of history.

With your support, we will:

  • Support local students of all ages and promote lifelong learning through public educational programs.  
  • Promote sustainable living through textiles through digital and in-person initiatives, all of which aim to encourage collective change and growth in the face of ecological degradation.   
  • Offer learning opportunities to marginalized and racialized groups – one such project is the Museum’s revitalized Community Makers program, where the Museum partners with a variety of social agencies in the Greater Toronto Area and invites individuals from underserved communities to engage in creative expression and skill-building through textiles.  
  • Engage a diverse group of guest programmers who bring different perspectives and lived experiences to content development and audience engagement.   
  • Continue to present exceptional exhibitions for Canadians.  

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