Design Exchange

Type: Museum

This organization is committed to promoting Canadian graphic and industrial design, collecting artefacts, and hosting public exbibitions. It is located in the former Toronto Stock Exchange, a building which is itself is of interest as an architectural example of art moderne, deco and stripped classicism and features murals by Charles Comfort.




Holdings include documents and textual records as well as a small collection of publications related to design.


Collection includes over 1000 pieces of Canadian design spanning over six decades.

Public Programming:


Exhibitions are rotating, often focused on contemporary Canadian design. Past exhibits include: Stephen Burks Man Made Toronto, Designers in the Classroom, RGD Spacial Graphics and Capacity – an exploration of women in design.


Tours focus on the architectural history of the financial district from 1900s to present day.


Five on-line exhibits display photographs of artifacts from the permanent collection:

  • Electronics,
  • Furniture,
  • House wares,
  • Lighting,
  • Textiles.


Lectures, workshops, and film screenings.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

Volunteers: Volunteers will be immersed in an environment where they will be exposed to the numerous resources and programs that support the design industry. Full description and forms are available for download here:

Address & Contact Information:

234 Bay Street,
Toronto, Ontario
M5K 1B2

Phone: 416-363-6121

Hours of Operation:

Contact our Director of Collections to make an appointment to tour the Resource Centre or access our collection and archives at 416-216-2148.

Key Words: design, architecture