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Spadina Historic House and Gardens

285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
+1 416-392-6910
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Ranked #21 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: It's the time when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for women, the stock market...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: It's the time when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for women, the stock market crash, prohibition and the introduction of public health and welfare. It's also the time of the Charleston craze, tabloid journalism, new technology and more. And it can all be seen, heard, felt and lived at Spadina Museum - Toronto's only museum to represent the 1920s and 30s, a transformative period that dramatically changed the City. For over a century, Spadina was home to three generations of the Austin family. Opened in 1984, it is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. Spadina Museum completed an extensive interior restoration in 2010, bringing the house back into the twentieth century. Visitors may view what the house looked like during those years through artifacts, furnishings and reproduced and original decor or explore the estate's six acres of restored 1905 gardens. Today, Spadina Museum interprets the interwar period through a rich slate of guided tours, school programs, special events, changing exhibits, lectures and workshops. Spadina Museum is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This well preserved house gives us a glimpse of what the wealthy lived like in Toronto in the early 1900's. It is situated beside Castle Loma. The grounds are amazing. It is a a great location for an afternoon to tour the house, the Castle and the grounds of both.

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Historic House and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review. Here is something else that may interest you. On Sunday Dec. 14th and 21st Spadina Museum hosts a re-creation of a 1930s radio play THE RETURN OF FLASHMAN. The cast present the voices of many characters, assisted by the creation of sound effects and the input of the audience with their decoder rings. Performances... More 

Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My friend and I were so pleasantly surprised! We went with low expectations as we wanted to check out a "smaller museum". I think it's really one of a kind in Toronto and does capture life in late 1800s- early 1900s as tours are guided and you gain so much more insight! Beautifully maintained and preserved, and excellent and knowledgable... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This museum is often overlooked compared to its grander counterpart next door, Casa Loma. However, we had a wonderful visit there. All visits are by guided tour so you should call and find out what time the tours are on your visit day. Odds are you will have the tour to yourselves - it's about 45 minutes plus a short... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Throughly enjoyed our recent tour of this house it is beautiful, the tour guide was friendly and informative with a geunine interest in the history of the house. This was one of my favourite attractions in Toronto and if you like historical houses then this is definitely worth a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Visit in good weather to take advantage of the beauty outside in the gardens & pathways. Very historical in showing our great city in the early 1920-30 era. Tours are available from very pleasant & enlightened staff. They take time to answer questions & there is no major rush to the presentation. Everything is authentic including the furniture, pictures and... More 

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GTA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The tour was both fun and informative. The staff here are extremely friendly and happily answered everybody's questions. Like most community museums the admission price is very low ($8 for adults with discounted rates for seniors and children) plus there is (apparently) a 25% discount if you have a receipt from visiting Casa Loma. In addition to the main house... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Spadina House has transformed itself into an authentic replica of Toronto in the 1920's 30's ...... because the Austin family kept such accurate records .... even the wallpaper has been meticulously reproduced based upon the photographs..... the gardens are spectacular .... a fabulous place to book for for special events.... or just to visit ....This year we went for their... More 

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I went there today after casa loma. It was much more authentic with one of the original owners donating/selling the house to Toronto. The house furniture is all original and they also have the original paperwork dating back. My tour guide Lisa was amazing,interesting,friendly and able to answer so many questions. It is truly worth the money and time. Be... More 

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Dauphin, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Once we were done with the Casa Loma tour, we headed back and noticed this house across the road. With time on our hands we went and toured this house. They are guided tours but surprisingly not many people touring. Our group was 4 people. I much enjoyed this house due to the furnishing of the house and detail to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Annual Summer Garden Party was great! Everyone was serious about dressing up in period clothing. Next year bringing a picnic lunch and enjoy the day more

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