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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. For Gardiner Museum and beyond, use our Toronto trip planner to get the most from your Toronto vacation.
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  • A jewel box of a museum (across from the ROM). Collections from Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, England. Contemporary Canadian ceramics. Very helpful museum store staff.  more »
  • We went on a bus tour to this museum. We were very pleased with the curatorial effort and displays. Our guide was interesting and knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit. You will learn something.  more »
  • Nice Museum with a wide and varied collection of ceramics. This very well presented. The site is very nice.
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  • Nice little place with lots of items. I enjoyed the guided tour & the clay making videos.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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