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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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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Wonderful ceramics and special exhibitions

I hadn't visited the Gardiner since the Ron Thom exhibition last spring, and went this time primarily for the special exhibition on the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. It was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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429 reviews 429 reviews
172 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I hadn't visited the Gardiner since the Ron Thom exhibition last spring, and went this time primarily for the special exhibition on the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. It was fascinating both from the artistic and the social point of view, and my wife and I recommend it highly. There is a nice small show on the Joy of Collecting, which features... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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
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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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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
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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