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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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A small museum with a great collection

If you love pottery and ceramics and smaller museums that you can tour within a few hours, this is the place for you. I really enjoyed it. A collection started by a very wealthy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you love pottery and ceramics and smaller museums that you can tour within a few hours, this is the place for you. I really enjoyed it. A collection started by a very wealthy couple, now expanded and housed in an interested modern building in the museum district. Pottery and ceramics from antiquity though modern times. Fun.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Well curated, interesting, informative. Nice physical space. Worth a short visit. Interesting selection from various countries and eras.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Got a free map pass at a local library & we give this museum a try. Just beside ROM. The place is boring for my little kids but great for clay & porcelain collectors. The building is small & not much to see. Their 2nd floor has a restaurant which we didn't not eat. The entrance & locations are very... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you love ceramics, pottery and fine china, this is a must. We saw a special exhibit about a series of chinese pots decorated by different people. Best french fries in town at the cafe.... shhhh

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South Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I'm sure the European Porcelains collections are very nice, but you'll have to wait until the end of September to find out. If you must go, then go on a Friday after 4PM when it is 1/2 price admission (and open until 9 PM). Trust me, you won't be staying that late with the way things are right now. Would... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Very good collection of a wide variety of ceramics -different cultures, periods and styles. Temporary exhibits can run hot or cold. Conveniently located (across from ROM), near subway stop.

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Southern NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The fact that I have no pictures to attach to this review says it all. Caution: the European Collection is closed until some time in the fall. So the major portion of that floor and a major portion of the museum is closed.....but still they are charging the same admission fee! Fortunately for us, the Gardiner is part of the... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Be sure to stop by the cafe. It is a hidden gem and well worth the time. It's great for unwinding and the food is outstanding. We had Summerlicious menu. Not to be missed. Service was great. Gift shop was nice. Museum is interesting.

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The resident collection of ceramics is beautiful and well displayed. I have loved all of the special exhibits I've seen at the Gardiner. The gift shop is terrific, the restaurant is good and the new garden at the entrance is stunning and so original.

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West Lorne,Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A wide collection, but it gets monotonous after a while. The restaurant on the top floor is large and bright. I might go back just for that and skip the exhibits.

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