Museum of Inuit Art

Type: Museum

This museum’s primary function is to ethically acquire, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit for the purpose of study, education, and enjoyment, material evidence of the history of Inuit art and culture in the Canadian Arctic. It is focused on curatorial activities such as research, communication and study with the intention of contributing to the body of scholarship on Inuit Art.



Permanent Collection

Gallery I: Artistic History and Thematic Foundations of Inuit Art

The first gallery examines the evolution of art in Canada’s Arctic through the recognized historical periods; prehistoric Thule culture; post-European contact; and early modern Inuit art.

Gallery II: Diversity of Styles and Artistic Expression

The second gallery provides an overview of modern artistic styles and media that have evolved in Canada’s Arctic in the various regions and major communities, thus reflecting the scope and depth of artistic expression within Inuit art. The varied media employed in Inuit sculpture – stone, bone, antler, ivory and ceramic – are represented as prints, drawings and textiles.

Gallery III: Masterworks and Contemporary Sculpture

The principal feature of the third gallery is the presentation of major works by leading Inuit artists, including Pauta Saila, Judas Ullulaq, Barnabus Arnasungaaq, Oviloo Tunnillie, and Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok.

Special Exhibitions

Gallery IV and V: Special Exhibitions and Audio-Visual Presentation Centre

The fourth and fifth galleries are devoted to rotating special exhibitions. The goal of these exhibiition is to focus more specifically on particular artists, communities, themes and media.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:


Volunteers applications are always accepted. Applicants with the required skills, interests, and availability will be contacted for an interview as volunteer placements become available. Interested candidates should possess an appreciation of art, willingness to learn, a basic understanding of computers – and an interest in interacting with visitors to Toronto’s newest museum.

Potential Positions Available

Front Desk Assistant: Help the museum by volunteering at our front desk. You will meet and greet visitors, process small sales and help to orient people to the museum during their visit. For more information please contact the Volunteer Recruitment Officer at

Arts Assistant: Do you have a passion for making art? Volunteer in the museum’s M. and G. Thiel Educational Centre assisting with arts and crafts activities on weekends. For more information please contact the Volunteer Recruitment Officer at

Docent: Assist with our school visits program by helping to give guided tours of the museum. For more information, please contact MIA’s Educational Coordinator, Alysa Procida, at

For more information please contact the Volunteer Recruitment Officer at

Address & Contact Information:

207 Queen’s Quay West
Toronto, ON, M5J 1A7

Phone: 416-640-1571

Hours of Operation:

Daily 10 a.m.- 6p.m.

Key Words: Inuit, arts