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Gardiner Museum

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Address: 111 Queen's Park | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-586-8080
10:00 - 17:00
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Fri 10:00 - 21:00
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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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Well worth a visit, very wide range of ceramics

The Gardiner Museum specializes in ceramics. It is in downtown Toronto just across the street from its much bigger counterpart, the ROM. Despite its smaller size there is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 May 2016
Thunder Bay, Canada
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

The Gardiner Museum specializes in ceramics. It is in downtown Toronto just across the street from its much bigger counterpart, the ROM. Despite its smaller size there is enough to see at the Gardiner to warrant at least two visits of around 90 minutes each, and of course more for closer observation and study. I recommend the Gardiner as being... More 

Thank SeanOden
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

A gem for anyone with an interest in art! A small museum but a winner. Worth your time. We loved the history of ceramics and the wars fought because of them. Who knew about the ceramics craze, which had some of the same characteristics as the tulip mania. Visit this museum if you are interested in the stock market and... More 

Thank Harvey H
Mississauga, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The museum and drop in program is very interesting.However ...What a sick and twisted disrespect for peoples time! To get to program of 2 hours you have to spend 2h 15m on time of a program! Not to mention extra you are paying for parking if you happen to come by car. Recently I had guest out of town with... More 

Thank m2go2016
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a good place to come with a group of kids, they get to learn about art and technique and go away with something they've made themselves. A great learning experience

Thank Karen_SB6344FF
London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

We visited to see a special exhibition of Panamanian artifacts from 100 years ago. Very interesting. We also perused their porcelain collection - fabulous. While there we had an enjoyable lunch in their restaurant. Highly recommended.

Thank sworoams
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

I always enjoy a visit to the Gardiner. Went specifically to see a special exhibit on Panama which was so well-curated and interesting. It's a small museum but the building is light and airy and the permanent exhibits beautifully displayed. The restaurant is excellent.

Thank Ruthie101
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

One of the best and most affordable ceramic classes in the city. They have adult and kids clay classes on week days and weekends. You have a choice of using earthenware or stoneware clay. The weekend classes are very popular and fills up very fast. The museum is a great place to get inspirations for your work.

Thank Eily L
Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a small museum across the street from the ROM. It's main focus is on ceramics collections both antique and modern from around the world. it is well worth an afternoon visit, but do check out the current special exhibit before going.

Thank GAToronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Interesting collection of unique ceramics from all over the world. I've been there quite a while ago, but Tripadvisor allows only to add ratings for April 2015. To me experience was unforgettable, I've learned about people's passion towards collecting beautiful pieces. I found intriguing the porcelain eggs, which have no other purpose than collectible... Tells you something about human nature....

Thank Curious T
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Wonderful comprehensive permanent collection of porcelain, in a well designed building Also worth exploring the visiting exhibitions

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