Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

HistoricPlaqueEngThe Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is located in the annex of the former Rosamond Woolen Company in Almonte, Ontario. Constructed in 1867 this National Historic Site of Canada now features a blend of the old and new, all related to the history of the Mississippi Valley and the textile industry.

Exhibitions range from early mill history and period mill equipment to cottage industry and eclectic modern fibre art exhibitions. Our museum combines traditional static and working displays of textile equipment and processes with activities and events focusing on the region’s heritage, culture and role of the textile industry in the development of Canada.

Read more about our history here…

2014 Winter Newsletter

2014 Spring Newsletter

2014 Spring Newsletter

Enjoy learning what we have been up to at the museum and what is coming up! You can download the Spring Newsletter by clicking on the image.

As the saying goes, “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. For 2014, perhaps the saying should have been “April Flurries Bring May . . .”. Winter finally came to an end, and it is time to come to the Museum and brighten your day by visiting our latest exhibit, “A Collaboration”, by textile artists Pattie Dolan, Jean Down and Roberta Murrant.

Enjoy the newsletter, Michael Rikley-Lancaster


MVTM receives grant from the Ontario Arts Council

This letter, sent to our MPP Mr. Jack MacLarenannounces a grant from the Ontario Arts Council:

Mr. Jack MacLaren
Critic: Democratic and Senate Reform
MPP Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Room 421
Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A8


Mr. MacLaren,

For the past 50 years, government investment has enabled the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to fulfill its mandate to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. Ontario has nurtured extraordinary arts activity right across the province and developed a remarkable network of arts communities over OAC’s half-century – a milestone we are celebrating until April 2014.

Today we are pleased to share with you information about successful applicants from your riding during the latest program deadlines.

Project grants:

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum was awarded $8,000 through the Public Art Galleries Projects program toward “30 30: Reiko Sudo’s Textiles for Nuno,” an exhibition of 30 textiles designed by Sudo and her associates.

More than 250,000 Ontarians work in the culture sector, representing 4.1 per cent of the provincial workforce (2003), a major driver of economic prosperity in Ontario. The most recent statistics indicate that the culture sector generated $19.7 billion or 4.2 per cent of Ontario’s GDP. Both Statistics Canada and the Conference Board of Canada recognize creators and creative producers in the arts as important contributors to the economy.

The arts also benefit the social, cultural and civic life of Ontarians. According to our 2010 The Arts and the Quality of Life studycommissioned from Environics, a resounding 95 per cent of Ontarians said that the arts enrich the quality of our lives. A further 89 per cent said that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value.

If you would like more information about OAC or how we can support your efforts to highlight the importance of the arts in your riding, please contact Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, at 416-969-7434 (1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434), swasser@arts.on.ca.


Martha Durdin