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Gardiner Museum, Toronto

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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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  • One of those places that people question you about going to, but love it when they get there. It has been freshened up since my last visit several years ago and remains a great attraction, especially ...  more »
  • This is a small musuem with very unworthy collections. Do not be fooled by the smart looking web photos. Tours are mismanaged and staffs all acts like they are English loyalties who operate MET in New...  more »
  • This museum is very small in comparison to the ROM (across the street) or the AGO (just couple of subway stops away). Yet, the exhibits are really interesting, tastefully selected and have great detai...  more »
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  • Love going to this place for drop-in clay classes! They offer both hand-building and wheel throwing options, though the latter is more popular so you have to get there early to get seats! The museum is great too, although I wish they had more frequent special exhibits
  • They offer very good courses in the history of ceramics but undercut their scientific credibility with a new-age spirituality preface.
  • I stopped in here on a whim while I was visiting Toronto. It's a cool little museum dedicated to the ceramic arts ranging from ancient indigenous American pottery to the modern. Unfortunately, they did not have a special exhibit going on while I was there, but there was plenty of things to see in permanent exhibits. Definitely worth checking out if you have a few hours to spare.
  • Very friendly staffs! Ceramic workshop is fun, although the way to get ticket is not... Come early to get your ticket, the line is pretty long.
  • It's an open secret that the Gardiner is a great alternative to the ROM, especially if you're into ceramics, or not into crowds. Right across from the ROM, it's a smaller, more focused museum that offers great exhibits year round. Top floor is a rotating exhibit, 2nd floor is European/Asian and 1st floor is ancient/contemporary. Saw their 10 different new age Christmas trees last week for the first time which was cute. Definitely worth a visit for locals and tourists alike!