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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
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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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Nice Museum

If you are interested in pottery, china etc, this is the place to be, the exhibits are interesting and you can easily spend several hours here. There is a restaurant upstairs but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
dotty16
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Crawley, United Kingdom

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in pottery, china etc, this is the place to be, the exhibits are interesting and you can easily spend several hours here. There is a restaurant upstairs but did look quite expensive. You can purchase a combined ticket for the Bata Shoe Museum and Textile Museum for $20.

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Thank dotty16
Thornhill, Canada
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Didn't know there was a museum here. If you appreciate pottery and sculptures, you should visit this place. They try to spice up the museum by displaying contemporary art. Visited during Nuit Blanche, not sure what the regular display looks like.

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Thank catcherintherai
Toronto, Canada
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70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We recently saw the Kent Moneyman installation--awesome, and the Twelve Trees of Christmas which was finally an interesting and innovative display. The gift shop is filled with the work of excellent potters, glass, jewellery and textile artists.

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Thank Holly G
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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 

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Thank Helen Mara
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

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 

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Thank Steve P
Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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.

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Thank FuzzyBeaver
Newmarket, Canada
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158 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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 

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Thank anonymous873
Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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 

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Thank Roma Z
Toronto, Canada
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165 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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 

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Thank John V
Alberta, Canada
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84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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 

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