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Gardiner Museum

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Address: 111 Queen's Pk | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-586-8080
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
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This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from...

This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.

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The Gardiner Museum tends to be overlooked, but it is a real gem in the middle of the city. The staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming us and chit chatting for a while. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 August 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The Gardiner Museum tends to be overlooked, but it is a real gem in the middle of the city. The staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming us and chit chatting for a while. I loved the second floor the best, it was filled with teacups! It even had a section showing the influence different countries have had on each other. If... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Accessible. Affordable fees. Friendly staff. Close to restaurants and other activities in the area. Joyful.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Two full display floors are accompanied by traveling shows and a very nice sit-down, white-table cloth cafe on 3, and kids projects in the basement. The main displays run from pre-history to some contemporary ceramics, but the strongest areas are the early work from all over the world, and the British and Continental craftsmen and factories. If you had to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

A rather large exhibition of clay and pottery art figures from all over the globe. Good layout with adequate explanations. Overall an enjoyable and educational visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We were so surprised by the size of this museum - there were 2 floors of amazing exhibits and we wish we could have stayed for longer. There was a restaurant and also pottery classes. There were worksheets for the children to find certain items. The earthenware suitcase was a highlight. The gift shop sold high quality products and the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

amazing collection of pre-hispanic artifacts, along with a wide range of china from around the world. very interesting.

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Orchard Park, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

First let me say that there is a deal going on where you can get admission to the Batta Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, and the Museum for Textiles for $20 and it is valid for a month or two. Best bargain around for tourists. This is a mid-size museum with very well designed exhibits. I loved reading... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I went to the Gardiner Museum specifically to see the displays of early Meissen porcelain and was not disappointed. Additionally to that were the other European and British examples of porcelain, china and earthen ware. I didn't go further than this, although there were items from the Americas and Asia. Time was against me, so I'd suggest spending at least... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

The Gardiner is or was a private collection. Although referred to in guide books as the Ceramics Museum I'd describe it as a museum of mostly fine porcelain. There are many pieces from some of the finest European manufactories in Germany, France & England plus some Delft and original Chinese 'Willow Pattern' ware. The outstanding items are from Meissen and,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Our guide was such a source of knowledge and, over an hour, provided us with facts we wouldn't have picked up by 'going it alone'. The collection is fantastic; although I personally enjoyed the primitive ceramics on the ground floor. Plan to spend extra time to go around alone once the guided tour is over.

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