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Gardiner Museum

111 Queen's Park | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
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Ranked #32 of 297 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Description: This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.
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Sherwood Park
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Gardiner is a niche museum focusing just on pottery /ceramics, but it does house some exquisite work, and if you like this sort of thing, you'll love the Gardiner. The building is easy to navigate, well lit, spotless and inviting, plus it shows of the pieces very well to boot. My only reservation is that there isn't more of... More

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Brampton, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

While I'm a regular visitor to it's much larger cousin across the street (the ROM), it's been close to 20 years since I last paid a visit to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Shame on me for not going back sooner. What a marvellous institution situated in Toronto. The wonderfully displayed collections are augmented by an excellent array of... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This museum is larger and far more comprehensive than one may guess. Pre-Columbia artifacts. Modern Art. Hand-painted Renaissance work.18th-Century Royal Tea sets. This entire museum is devoted to ceramics and quite unique. This museum has a relatively low admission cost, plus there are frequent price specials, discount coupons available and even free days. Also if you save your receipt you... More

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Toronto, Canada
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94 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

The Gardiner Museum is a small museum located across the side street from the ROM. It offers a nice contrast to the unwieldy and massive ROM collection by focusing exclusively on pottery. If you like pottery, whether ancient artifacts or more recent dishes, you will find it here. The service at the desk is very helpful. I was frustrated to... More

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Falmouth, MA
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My wife and I have collected pottery for years and the Gardiner is devoted to the history of pottery. The collection is outstanding and beautifully displayed. If you have any interest in the decorative arts, this museum is worth several hours of your time.

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Montreal, Canada
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81 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Having never been to the museum, I did not know what to expect. It turned out to be surprisingly good and we spent about three hours and did not see all the exhibits. There was a docent-led tour of the special animal exhibit that lasted an hour which was especially interesting. She had great stories and knowledge which added greatly... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Gardiner give a fantastic overview of ceramics, their history, and geographic diversity. The rooms are small but have quite enough material to provide great information and many treats for the eye. The exhibit of modern styles on the main floor is stupendous -- great variety, some are totally weird, all are interesting and worth a look. The Animal Exhibit... More

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Chicago, IL
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

On a recent visit to Toronto we visited the Gardiner museum of ceramics which is right across from the ROM. On Saturdays they have a drop in clay class for kids and adults where you can try wheel thrown pottery or just mold the clay yourself. You then have the opportunity to have it fired and pick up your creation... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had my daughter's wedding there last week end and we ere more than pleased. The service itself was tasteful and personal. The cocktail hour was well organized. The canapés were delicious and plentiful and the champagne was readily available. The wait staff were always present but unobtrusive. The dinner venue was set up exactly as my daughter and her... More

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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Did not know what to expect when entering. The staff was very helpful. The collection is great. The sculptures on the third floor are interesting. The downside is not much explanations about the pieces, other than the title. It is more of what we see is what we get.

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