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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 309 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ontario, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
8 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Every time we are in Toronto, we have to visit here. I love the space as well as the collection of European porcelain. I just wander, stop, stand there and smile; the items are so beautiful. The museum is not big, so one to two hours of time is sufficient. (Unless you are like my mother who reads every note... More

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It has a small,but comprehensive ceramics collection. Their special exhidbition for World Gay Pride was provocative as well as complex and exciting. Lovely dining area on the top floor.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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178 reviews 178 reviews
13 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely museum to spend 1 to 2 hours. It has a great collection of pottery and porcelain. It is air conditioned. It is not crowded. The restaurant was a nice place to have lunch. Look on line for half price coupons

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My visit to the Gardiner Museum was wonderful! I only regret that I did not have more time to just stand and gaze. Originally, I was not overly excited about going to a ceramics museum, despite my friend's glowing praise of it. The words "a ceramics museum" certainly does not inspire an urgent need to see what it has to... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Easy accessible location, small, intimate museum. Works are well researched, nice floor plan. Great collection of European porcelains. Great bistro.

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Toronto, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This should be on your Christmas List. We go every year to see the lavishly decorated Christmas Trees, done by local designers. Always amazing! The museum, itself, is interesting and not over whelming. It's possible to take everything in an hour or two and if you visit mid week, in the morning, no crowds. The displays are lovely, as is... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Lovely museum. V varied, well laid out exhibits and one of the best museum eateries I've come across. Service really good our waiter was really friendly and welcoming. Service here is generally SO much better than in the UK!

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Sarnia, Canada
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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16 helpful votes 16 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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