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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: 416-586-8080
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

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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This ceramics museum is small but there is plenty to see. Because it is not overwhelming you can look at every unique and exquisite piece at a relaxed pace in a very pleasant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Roma Z
Toronto, Canada

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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friends and I visited the museum in late October. We had such a cool and arrogant greeting at the reception desk (older female) that we almost didn't stay. We did stay and were intrigued with the Gardner's personal collection of china and porcelain and had a delicious lunch at A La Carte. When we left the "guard" had changed... More 

Thank Helen Mara
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to see the 12 Trees of Christmas. It was a huge disappointment. Could not see a third of the trees as they were on the third floor and apparently when the restaurant is open you can't view them ( personnel at the restaurant not much of a people person), it would have been nice to have this information prior... More 

Thank Steve P
Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The special exhibit is really lame. It is just one piece in a really huge room. 5 minutes and your are done. It was really disappointing compared to the special exhibit on our last visit. We did a tour with on of the volunteers which was really interesting and worthwhile.

Thank FuzzyBeaver
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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the 12 trees of Christmas. Not what I expected. A little too creative. Taking too much artistic liberties. The ceramics are interesting if you have an interest in history and culture. I would have liked to have known who were the previous owners.The Bistro looked like a nice place to have a meal.It would make a good... More 

Thank anonymous873
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ceramics museum is small but there is plenty to see. Because it is not overwhelming you can look at every unique and exquisite piece at a relaxed pace in a very pleasant atmosphere. We were there during the Christmas tree displays. This is a fun and unique temporary exhibit. There is also a nice bistro upstairs with a limited... More 

Thank Roma Z
Toronto, Canada
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155 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right opposite one of the more odd architectural extravaganzas in the city is the very tastefully executed and understated Gardiner Museum. it is one of Toronto's concentrated theme museums, like the Textile Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum, each occupying an intriguing niche. The Gardiner is all about pottery, ceramics, china, you name it in the world of clay. The... More 

Thank John V
Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the Meso American (prehistory) display as well as the British 17th to 19th century and & European (16th -18th century) displays. The Asian collection was, I thought, a little less comprehensive than the others. The museum was endowed by the Gardner's and features mostly their own collections which were tasteful and the right range of pieces for each... More 

Thank EsoxL
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum's bistro is a must try after looking at the museum's collection. Food is excellent and served promptly.

Thank luv_eire
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I recently went to the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, which has a very good collection of ceramics from various places around the world including Europe and Japan. We found the collection to be very interesting and beautiful. This museum is right across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum and seems to have fewer visitors. This made... More 

Thank irawine
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The museum has a diverse collection that spans significant historical periods. The guided tour, conduced by Margaret, was precise and entertaining.

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