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Gardiner Museum

Address: 111 Queen's Park | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
Phone Number: 416-586-8080
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Ranked #22 of 269 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.

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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We rented out this space in Dec 2013 and I loved it! Great location, lots to do, service was wonderful and I really liked being able to mingle and go through the museum. I will be booking this venue again soon!

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Toronto, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Gardiner Museum is definitely a hidden gem in Toronto. Comparing to the huge Royal Ontraio Museum right across the street, its collection is small but unique. The museum focuses on ceramics. They have pieces from different cultures for different periods in the history as well as modern contemporary pieces. It's a wonderful place to visit if you are a... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Headed to China? Stop here first for elementary but inspiring lviews of the whie and blue porcelain typical of Jingdezhen over a 500 year period of serving the Emperors of China. The collection is NOT overwhelming which makes it all the more educatonal.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Large selection of beautiful ceramic pieces. Guides very knowledgable but can also read display information on your own

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Most people don't notice the Gardiner, as it is so close to the bigger Royal Ontario Museum. It is ABSOLUTELY worth a visit. I was stunned at the extent of their china collection, and fully intend to go back for another visit!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

What a great evening and a terrific reminder of what a gem the Gardiner truly presents our city. Far too overlooked, the Gardiner represents a great opportunity to escape the city noise and truly have a relaxing tour of its intriguing exhibits....Thank you for a great night in support of CANFAR and a terrific reminder of what a fun can... More 

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New York City, New York
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126 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great museum. A wonderful survey of ceramc art from all ages and parts of the world. Some works don't even look like ceramics. I spent about 1 hour, but you could easily spend more time. It is close to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum, and if you are ambitious, you could see all 3 in one... More 

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montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This is a medium size museum with an outstanding collection of ceramics from both the western and eastern world. They also have a very complete mesoamerica collection that is well worth the visit. The Meissen collection is really outstanding and well worth the visit alone; also the contemporary part has some excellent pieces.

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a wonderful small museum close to the Art Gallery of Ontario. The main collection is well worth a visit but the special exhibition, "Clay is Gay," was terrific, over-the-top and just plain fun.

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Toronto
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18 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Even if, like me, you think you have no interest in ceramics, a visit to the Gardiner will delight you. Many of the exhibits are exquisitely beautiful and most are interesting The building itself is worth visiting and the staff are charming and a pleasure to talk to. I highly recommend the restaurant for adults and will review it separately.

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