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Fashion History Museum

74 Queen St E | Hespeler, Cambridge, Ontario N3C 2B1, Canada
+1 519-654-0009
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Cute and small

Quite a few interesting things to see but be prepared, it's really small. Kids get in free and... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2017
Matthew A
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Loved it!

Loved it! Small, but that meant it was possible (unlike larger museums) to read all the... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
Rositacon
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Like food and shelter, clothing is a necessity as well as a cultural expression. The fashion industry employs millions of people around the world and is a driving force behind the global economy. But fashion is also ephemeral, whimsically responding to changes in technology, taste, the economy, and social mores. The journey fashion takes from inception to production and from popularity to outdated is a fascinating story worthy of being told. The Fashion History Museum is a charitable not-for profit organization, founded in 2004, that captures the story of fashion through exhibitions using its collection of over 10,000 garments and accessories dating from the 1660s to the present. Alongside historical dress, the museum is building a contemporary Canadian designer collection as well as a comprehensive library and archives of fashion related publications and documents. Since 2004 we have been creating exhibitions that have travelled throughout Canada and as far afield as Hong Kong and Bahrain. In June 2015 we opened galleries in the old post office in the former town of Hespeler Ontario, now northern Cambridge. Three galleries in the museum are each changed once or twice a year to feature different topics and eras of fashion history.
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Quite a few interesting things to see but be prepared, it's really small. Kids get in free and adults are $5

Thank Matthew A
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Loved it! Small, but that meant it was possible (unlike larger museums) to read all the descriptions in detail. Spurred lots of discussions and reminiscences with companions, and a really fun way to revisit history.

Thank Rositacon
Reviewed 20 November 2017

I have been to a few classes/behind the scenes tours and the staff are wonderful. I have really enjoyed their passion and knowledge about fashion history. This museum is unique and worth supporting. Their current location is small but they pack in the fashion and...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

An absolute gem of a museum OMG. What a great place, rich in history, showcasing the glamour and fashions of a time long gone. Ironically perhaps, it's located in Hespeler (north side of Cambridge), where the textile industry played a prominent role in defining the...More

Thank RCrumb
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Far too little to see. The clothing was beautiful and the displays were nice... there were two TV's showing some info, one major display and one with like six outfits? I thought there may be something interactive for my daughter, but they only had a...More

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Jonathan W, Curatorial Director at Fashion History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

I am sorry your little girl didn't enjoy the scavenger hunt - it has been a popular activity with most of our child visitors, perhaps she was too young for it. We find it best suits 8 - 13 year olds. We know the museum...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

A wonderful chronology of Canadian fashion development. I wish it was a bit more complete and also offered insight into some of Canada's fashionistas and trendsetters. The rating is simply because it was incomplete. R

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Jonathan W, Curatorial Director at Fashion History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

If you want to read more on the topic, the museum is publishing a book about Canadian fashion next year.

Reviewed 10 July 2017

A lovely museum! I was blown away by their Fashioning Canada exhibit. Wonderful collection, great research, and a fantastic little gift shop!

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 8 May 2017

​If you happen to be in Cambridge, Ontario​,​ and you are up to a short cultural tour, then I suggest dropping ​in​ the Fashion History Museum. It is located in Hespeler Village, an authentic neighborhood with a tiny downtown along the Queen St. East. The...More

1  Thank Comarinsky
Reviewed 20 April 2017

If you dont have anything to do on a sunny day, just go there and see the collection of dresses they have in 2 big rooms.

Thank Palani_Indirasan
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Lovely event - Wine was served - The fashion show had fabulous. One could see the hat that was being modelled from all angles of the show.

Thank Faith J
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