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Spadina Museum

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Address: 285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6910
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: It's the time when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for...
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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A great visit but pricy if you don't have a coupon or some kind of discount. The place is a lovely snapshot in time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A great visit but pricy if you don't have a coupon or some kind of discount. The place is a lovely snapshot in time.

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Most of the tour buses head straight to Casa Loma which is directly across from this little gem. However, I urge you to take some time to see Spadina as well. The tour was extremely informative and lengthy. The tour guide was happy to field questions and provided a wonderful commentary about the family and what we were seeing. All... More 

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

Our guide Chris was very informative and patient with visitor questions. Interesting to see how the other half lived at one time.

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Elgin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

On my third try to see the Spadina Museum, I finally found it open. I got there a little after it opened, and the tour was beginning. With only two customers, the tour guide must have decided she would keep the tour to a minimum length of time. Whew, we rushed up and down the stairs and zipped through the... More 

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your visit to Spadina. To avoid any difficulties when visiting in the future however please note that Spadina is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5 PM. More 

Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

LOVLEY OLD ORIGINAL HISTORICAL HOUSE . I f you can ,,do have the " Strawberry Teas in the garden " Not the best for young kids as must not touch anything during the tour of the house NEXT TO CASA LOMA and a visit to both is worthwhile. Nice gardens and views over city.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This piece of Toronto History will take you back to a Victorian Era of spendor in Toronto. Next to Casa Loma was where the wealthy lived and still do. It is perched high on the hill in Forest Hill of course. The beauty of it is that you can explore the history of Spadina pronounced Spaa--deen-a, and then go to... More 

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Brooke-Alvinston, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Even in the rain the grounds are gorgeous. The manor house it very interesting, with so many original items within. The museum holds fun events, with money helping to support the upkeep and restoration of the the grounds and buildings. Biggest issue was sharing a parking lot with Casa Loma - there aren't a lot of spaces and it was... More 

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to recount your visit to Spadina. We are sorry to hear that you had difficulty with the parking. Casa Loma sometimes hosts large events and that of course means that less parking is available. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The best time to visit would be now, in July. The flowers in the Gardens would be blooming by now. The Museum itself is an interesting place to visit and learn about the early days of Toronto's history

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about Spadina and I would certainly agree that July is a wonderful time to visit our gardens. I would add however that our gardeners work very hard at having a variety of flowers in bloom from mid April right through to the end of October depending on the weather so our gardens are delightful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

a place where normally you would hit, it's not one of the biggies especially with casa loma next door. but you learn about that you learn that the neighbour built his castle as the matriarch sat and watched day in and day out for years. the first place with gas lamps i believe, the furnature the rooms, they quite almost... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to recount your experience at Spadina. We truly appreciate the feedback. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

"Toronto's Downton Abbey" does not disappoint! My mom and I went just before Christmas and the house was completely decorated for the holidays, right down to sugar cookies and cider in the kitchen (delicious!). We were only 4 people for our tour and our guide was so funny and passionate about what she was telling us. She went along with... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Spadina.We are glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself and thank you for pointing out the fact that we decorate the museum in December for the holiday season. We were lucky enough to have a fairly detailed account of how the house was decorated for the holidays during the... More 

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Address: 285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6910
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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