Canadian Craft Museum


The Canadian Craft Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting and preserving fine craft, and demonstrating the social relevance of craft for the public. The Museum works to enhance the profile and status of the creative work of makers, increase public appreciation and access to this work, and develop an understanding for the contribution that craft makes to culture and the economy.

The Canadian Craft Museum was founded in 1980 as the Cartwright Street Gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, in the belief that fine craftsmanship and design are important in the modern world, and that contemporary and historical craft are a vital component of the visual arts.

In 1988 the City of Vancouver, recognizing the ongoing cultural contribution of the Gallery’s programming, granted it a 99-year occupancy lease of a new building at Cathedral Place.

In 1990 the Cartwright Gallery became the Canadian Craft Museum, a name chosen to reflect its national and international scope. In May 1992 the Museum, an architectural jewel designed by celebrated architect Paul Merrick, opened in the beautifully landscaped green space of Cathedral Place Courtyard. Enclosed by a colonnade, the Museum and Courtyard offered a peaceful retreat in the heart of a busy city. The Museum Shop housed within the building offered one-of-a-kind fine handcrafted works by some of Canada’s leading craft artists, including work by artists in the exhibitions.

Dedicated to presenting excellence in all media, – glass, wood, clay, metal, fibre and mixed media, – the Canadian Craft Museum provided a place where Canadian and international craft artists could showcase their talent and perspectives. The Museum developed, organized, and presented in-house and touring exhibits to stimulate public awareness of craft and nurture contemporary craft production, and developed a permanent collection of Canadian craft as a national resource.

The handmade object and contemporary craft work has deep roots in human culture and traditions. The Canadian Craft Museum was dedicated to exhibiting and preserving fine craft and to demonstrating the social relevance of craft for our world.

In 2003, the Canadian Craft Museum closed its doors at Cathedral Place. The society and the permanent collection continue to exist as a community resource in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Source: 123 Vancouver Travel Guide