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Gardiner Museum, Toronto

(4.1/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Find a permanent collection of over 2,900 pieces, ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century, at Gardiner Museum. Widely considered the leading ceramics museum in Canada, the museum was founded in 1984 and houses works from the Ancient Americas, Italian Renaissance, and English Delftware, plus more. The museum also hosts clay classes, where professional ceramists teach both children and adults how to make items from clay, which they can later take home. Plan to visit Gardiner Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Toronto attractions using our Toronto trip itinerary builder.
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  • On Tuesdays it's free for students, which helped me go, however I wouldn't go again. Nothing special, but it was really cool to see how obsessed the royals were with porcelain. I found the trees more ...  more »
  • Toronto is a bit lacking in museums and thus not really surprising that a niche museum line the Gardiner has such a big profile. The collection is nice, but it much in particular stands out. There are...  more »
  • Nice small museum. Was there for a design exhibit about Scandinavian influence. Apart from special exhibits, you have to like porcelain otherwise you don't want to go there! 
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  • I always feel so invigorated and inspired when I leave the Gardiner Museum. The museum has items on three floors, ranging from a wonderful collection of Central/South American pieces to 20th century modern pieces. The restaurant food is yummy, a bit pricey but the food is delicious. Best tip: The drop in classes on Friday and Saturday are both really popular, see their site for details. The sign up system should be going online by end of 2016, I heard (not a moment too soon!) But a great deal to see if you want to see if you're interested before signing up for an actual session. My son and I feel in love with potting with the wheel - so much fun.
  • Went to see the True Nordic exhibit, which was smaller than I expected but still full of great information and wonderful pieces, both original and contemporary. The rest of the museum is a treasure trove of pottery, and definitely worth the visit!
  • Quality food. Great service. Good atmosphere. Upscale.
  • A much more interesting museum than I had originally expected. A couple of exhibits were quite amazing I found beautiful and unique pieces throughout.
  • The museum itself is kind of lacklustre. Some interesting pieces, but nothing grandiose. The best is the drop in programs. I did a clay making class and it was so much fun and the instructor was really helpful. I'd go again if only for that.