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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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As previous people have said this is a wonderful small gallery. Currently they have an Exhibition of Women, Art and Social Change - The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise (New Orleans... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Toronto
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

As previous people have said this is a wonderful small gallery. Currently they have an Exhibition of Women, Art and Social Change - The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise (New Orleans) which is there until May 18th. Every day at 2 p.m. there is a guided tour by a Docent - I had just a lovely lady. This is free with admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Ceramics can seem trapped in some nether region between art and craft. The Gardiner embraces this duality, and while shining a spotlight on the art, makes us see the beauty and artfulness of everyday objects as well. There is also a terrific history of ceramics as decorative objects and as useful objects. Do not overlook this gem of a museum!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A delightful little museum, with excellent dining on the top floor. The people who work there are helpful. The special exhibits are wonderful. It is close to the Museum subway stop. The building itself is worth taking in.

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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Make sure you find the modern ceramics section. There is wow factor there. The main collection is pretty impressive. The restaurant used to be exceptional when Jamie Kennedy ran it but now it is just a nice place to eat.

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Toronto, Canada
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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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9 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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