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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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"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... read more

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

"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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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It wasn't that exciting. In that area there are so many nice big houses that you wonder if in the next 100 years any of them would turn into a museum like this. You can only visit the house through a guided tour (which makes the experience more interesting) and it takes about 45 minutes. There are different rooms in... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

It feels like visiting the history... the Royal places ... houses... gardens and the socio-cultural and style of Royal living...

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This was a lovely find. Slightly out of the way from the main attractions but well worth a visit. Really reasonable entrance fee and you watched a short DVD about the history of the family. You then had a guide show you around the house which was fascinating.

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Recife
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.

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

This was a great learning experience regarding the history of Toronto. Not only did we learn more about Toronto's rich history, but we also found out that we have been pronouncing Spadina wrong for our entire lives! Excellent experience for those history buffs who want to know more about our great city.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a great house with interesting decor and an interesting history. The man who owned this house sold the land to the owner of Casa Loma and was good friends with him. He was also quite a character. This house is an interesting parallel to Casa Loma – Casa Loma being a paragon of grand, classic, tasteful opulence and... More 

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Fulton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Spadina House Museum is located less than a block from Casa Loma and should be part of your visit to Toronto. The entire 20,000 sq. ft. home is a museum which, uniquely, was owned from the beginning by one family, the Austins. The last Austin inhabitant, a granddaughter of the original owner, lived in the home up until it was... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your visit to Spadina. And thank you for mentioning that the house is furnished with original family pieces. In addition we were lucky enough to have detailed records of their placement so we can provide a very authentic look at how this family lived during the 1920s and 1930s. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I visited the Spadina House right after Casa Loma as they are right next door. I'd recommend the Spadina House first next time. Truth be told, I confused the two and my husband noticed when we were entering to pay. Nonetheless, we came right before closing so we didn't get to have the guided tour experience but the workers were... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Spadina. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We also have many events on our grounds for example in June we host a music series called Music in the Orchard which is well worth a visit. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A gorgeous historical mansion with beautiful gardens, is has been well-maintained. The rooms stay true to the period and you can almost picture people in appropriate clothing wandering through the house. The guides are well-versed in the history of Spadina House.

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

Thank you for sharing your experience at Spadina and we are glad to hear that you were able to find the time to enjoy both the house and the gardens. More 

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Address: Address: 285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6910
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto
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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