About Us

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, a long stone building extending up a slope, the left side has sash window with red brick surrounds

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum collects, preserves, and tells the stories of the mill workers and the local labour history while offering an open, inclusive space for the local community and visitors from across the globe.

Through contemporary textile and textile themed art and historical interpretation and programmes the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum conserves and interprets the industrial textile heritage of the Mississippi Valley.

To encourage and/ or participate in the preservation of historic buildings. To interpret the history and development of the woollen industry in the Mississippi River Valley, including the effects which the industry had upon the social, cultural and industrial development of the Region. To interpret the history and development of the textile industry and the use of industrially manufactured textiles in Canada. To provide a centre for the study of industrial textiles.

We engage in diverse, inclusive storytelling about the textile industry’s profound effects on people, workers, and the natural world — preserving, interpreting, and revealing the unvarnished truths of our region’s heritage. Our safe, welcoming, and open spaces feature historical, contemporary, and artistic displays, inviting visitors to connect with our shared history and with each other.

To illuminate the intricate threads that bind us, celebrate the richness of diverse voices, and inspire a legacy of humanity and truth.

About Our Building

The 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.

A sepia photo of a view across water to an old industrial factory complex, with a water tower, Rosamond Woollen Co. Almonte, Ont. hand-written at the bottom of the photo