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School Visits

The TMC offers a wide variety of educational and entertaining school programs which complement our current exhibitions, our collections and the diversity of textile expressions. Our school visit programs provide students with experiences and activities which are directly linked to the Ontario Curriculum and which cater to all grade levels.

Textiles offer a multitude of opportunities for learning from a wide variety of perspectives. The arts, mathematics, science, history, language and culture are all woven into the fabric of hand-made textiles.

For more information or to book a school visit please contact:
Education Programs Coordinator
t. (416) 599-5321 x 2228


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TXTilecity School Tour Program (Grades JK to 12)

Take advantage of our innovative new school program! Enrich your classroom with real world learning through the TMC’s interactive immersive TXTileicty tours that use our new mobile platform ( to explore the role textiles have played in shaping our dynamic urban fabric. In walking tours led by trained TXTilecity guides, tablets computers provide tour classes with access to the rich information captured within our city streets. Students encounter Toronto’s defining stories, meet many of its greatest characters and experience its diverse history in sites brought to life in audio and video documentary accounts. TXTilecity is an invaluable teaching resource offering a new educational lens on the forces that shape the present, while equipping youth with critical tools to reflect on and respond to their own everyday experiences.  Choose from one of four routes tied to curriculum outcomes that offer students critical insight into living history. This program is supported through the Trillium Foundation.

Please ask us about the special support we offer to priority neighbourhood schools.

Curriculum connections: Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Fashion and Creative Expression, The Arts, Business Studies 

Check out the TXTilecity Tours flyer in the Helpful Links section above, or contact the Education Programs Coordinator for more information and to find out about the special support available for schools in priority neighbourhoods.


School Visits Programs:

Art Explorations (Grades 1 to 12)

Examines textiles' formal properties as works of art. Through drawing and compositional exercises in the galleries, students will work with design principles and then apply them to textile materials in our hands-on gallery.
Curriculum connections: Visual Art (elements and principles of design).

Fibremath: Patterns, Symmetries and Grids (Grades 1 to 8)

Focuses on the many links between textiles and mathematics. Students will discover how art and math unite to create beauty for our everyday lives.
Curriculum connections: Mathematics (all 5 strands, particularly geometry, patterning and algebra), Visual Art (elements and principles of design).

Textile Story-tellers (Grades 1 to 8)

Explores the ways that textiles tell stories - of their makers, of their cultures, and of their journey through the ancient and modern world and onto our walls. Students' discovery will include looking at and making drawings from exhibited textiles, handling examples from our teaching collection, and telling their own stories using textile techniques.
Curriculum connections: Social Studies, Visual Art, Language Arts.

Textiles for Fashion (Grades 10 to 12)

Introduces students to the world of textiles through raw materials, construction and fabric design, both historic and contemporary.
Curriculum connections: Social Sciences (Secondary), Visual Art (elements and principles of design).

Material Matters (Grades 1-8)

Explores the unique characteristics of the many different materials - plant, animal and synthetic - that are used to construct fabric. Students will consider the reasons for choosing one material over another, and experiment with different techniques to transform raw materials into useful textile objects.
Curriculum connections: Science (all five strands, particularly life systems, and matter and materials).

Our Kindergarten Program (JK-SK)

An hour of play-based learning, storytelling and exploration in fibrespace, the museum’s hands-on interactive gallery.


Teaching the loom.  Photo: Brent LewinSchool Visits.  Photo: Brent LewinSchool Visits.  Photo: Brent Lewin