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Address: 234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5K 1B2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-363-6121
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Located in one of Canada's Art Deco landmarks featuring the original...

Located in one of Canada's Art Deco landmarks featuring the original Toronto Stock Exchange, Experience Design and be inspired by ever-changing exhibits, lectures, workshops, tours, screenings and camps from architecture to fashion design.

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cute exhibit

I had seen pictures of the permanent exhibit. We were passing by the building and decided to go in. It's got some very kitschy furniture, and cute phonographs and radios from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2015
Fred S
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West Bloomfield
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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When this first opened, there were public exhibitions on the second floor, a design bookstore (now SWIPE books on Richmond Street), and objects displayed on the ground floor. Then the bookstore moved, and the exhibitions got an entrance fee, and the staff got surly. Now the only exhibitions are blatantly commercial advertisements for products ("We re-imagined the coffee break with... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

The Design Exchange has displays of products designed by Canadians. Most of the displays aren't labeled. There are some tablets that gave additional information but only for some of the products. The building the museum is in is very nice. All displays were on the first floor of the building. I believe they sometimes have temporary displays elsewhere in the... More 

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West Bloomfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

I had seen pictures of the permanent exhibit. We were passing by the building and decided to go in. It's got some very kitschy furniture, and cute phonographs and radios from the fifties or earlier. Only need about 15 minutes to go through.

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Maspeth, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

I went to 2 business receptions in the Design Exchange. The food was delicious and the space was perfect

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015 via mobile

I literally work around the corner from the Design Exchange and have been wanting the check out the Politics of Fashion display. I dropped by after work one Friday night- I bought my ticket online (which with taxes and everything came to around $17). I was taken up to the 3rd floor where I started looking around. I think I... More 

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SE Ontario
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

This space used to be one of the most dynamic in the city, with cutting edge exhibits in a grand space. Recently visited for the Politics of Fashion exhibit and was shocked at how dismal this museum has become. The entrance foyer is dark and silent with little to show. The coat check was unavailable because someone had apparently locked... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

I recently paid my first visit to the Design Exchange for an event that had an '80 theme with a US vs Canada vogue off as well as a The Rodnik Band Demonstration. I arrived fairly late, caught the end of the vogue off which was crazy and fun. Spent some time with friends and listened to the 80's classic's.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

The DX used to be so much better a few years ago. All of the exhibits lately are full of fluff. There used to be an architect in charge of the DX. He/she must have left.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We saw the 'this is not a toy' exhibition advertised in a brochure at our hotel and we decided to pay the Design Exchange a visit. The exhibit was a bit weird but strangely good - including Star Wars, the Beatles, Gorillaz and Daft Punk. The exhibition was co-curated by Pharrell Williams.

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Sarnia, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

This was not at all what I presumed a design museum would be like (and in fact has been at other locations in the past!) For $16, you have to go up to the 3rd floor to walk a very modest floor space of pieces, that I could have easily imagined would be free to view. Very disappointing all round.

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