Costume Museum of Canada

Celebrating fashion, culture and history

The costume we wear each day is influenced by climate, occupation, economic factors, societal role, religion, the task at hand, age, gender and the time in which we live. 

Our museum seeks to preserve and exhibit the costumes worn by the people of Canada over the decades.

Celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary with a Heritage Fashion Review or Hat Show


Planning a Canada 150th anniversary celebration?  A Heritage Fashion Review or a Hat Show is the perfect combination of fashion and history.  The Heritage Fashion Review features live models wearing reproductions of garments in our collection.  The Hat Show features models wearing headwear from the 1870's to the 1970's.  To book a show, call us at 204-989-0072 or email us at



Volunteer today

The Museum has many exciting opportunities for volunteers.  We are currently looking for presenters for our Museum in a Suitcase Program.  Presenters need to have a passion for fashion or history and be comfortable speaking in front of a group.  A presenter training session will be held in late March or April.  Find out more about volunteering with us.

On the blog

March 4th
By: Margaret Mills, Board Member, Costume Museum of Canada  My Mother had a sewing machine when I was little, a long time ago.  The machine ran by rocking your feet on a fancy metal plate, called a treadle, at the bottom.  My little brother…
June 15th
In case you missed out on our exhibit at Dalnavert during Doors open here’s a sneak peek of our display! There are still a couple of our garments hiding around in the house though so you might want to go check it out! Make it a scavenger hunt! 1880s…