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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 319 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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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I never knew we had a ceramics museum, until I saw a Groupon for a ceramics class online. This is a lovely museum, if you love ceramics or art in general. My friend and I went on a Friday night, where you pay half price for admission. They had a nice collection of historical and modern/contemporary pieces displayed. It's a... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Within the context of ceramics, the Gardiner has a very broad range on display. And I learned a lot from their displays that I hadn't picked up at other museums.

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Ontario, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
9 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 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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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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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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61 helpful votes 61 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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