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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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Great tour guide, beautiful house!

We have toured lots of mansions and this was one of my favorite. Our tour guide was so knowledgable and lead an awesome tour. The house was beautiful and so well kept. Definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Connecticut, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We have toured lots of mansions and this was one of my favorite. Our tour guide was so knowledgable and lead an awesome tour. The house was beautiful and so well kept. Definitely worth checking out if you are in Toronto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I love touring old houses and this is one of the best. It was a cold day so there were not many people there which to me made it all the better. I was able to take all the pictures I wanted and I thank them for that. The tour guide was great. It is right next to Casa Loma... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. We always appreciate the feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the guide was able to accommodate you with your picture taking as we do strive to make every visit the best it can be. Thank you again for your feedback. More 

Toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The gardens are spectacular in the spring. If you are an artist, it is a nice place to sit and paint. The home is like many upper class homes of the period. It tells a piece of the city's history .

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Spadina. And I have to agree the gardens are spectacular in the spring. This year the flowers might be delayed because of the cold and snow but hopefully by mid April they should be starting to bloom again. More 

Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The property is set atop a hill next to Casa Loma ( also worth a visit) in what was the edge of the city 100 years ago. The Victorian mansion was built by the family that developed electricity in Toronto and was given to the city by the last residents in the 1970's (?). Anyways, it continues to be furnished... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour of the house which is restored to its 1920s splendour and thank you for mentioning our grounds and gardens. We do encourage people to take some time to visit them during our non-winter months. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although its more flambouyant neighbor (Casa Loma) gets more visitors, Spadina House has its own charm, restored to a 1920s and '30s look. For me, the gardens set it off, with beautiful grounds and a stunning garden in early 1900s style. It is free to walk around the grounds and enjoy.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are certainly glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself at Spadina. As a side note our gardens are usually in bloom from mid April to mid October and if the weather is favourable, it may even be in bloom into November. More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The guided tour was simply excellent! You will learn so much about history, art, architecture, home decor, the people of the Spadina House, etc. Overall a fun, educational and rich experience. Keep the receipt for a discount to Casa Loma tickets.

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We were glad to hear that you found the tour both fun and educational. We try very hard to make the tour an enjoyable experience without compromising the historical accuracy. So thank you again for your positive feedback. More 

Toronto
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very educational tour and the house is well worth the time to visit. It was a great experience with a very knowledgeable tour guide who made it fun. Enjoy a nice lunch somewhere close by before taking this tour, it adds to the fun. This is a lovely very well preserved home representing the 1920 - 30 era. On this... More 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review. We appreciate the feedback and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Belleville
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very educational and very surprising in downtown TO.. beautiful greenery and flowers...can be a drop in visit as you pass by and

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canada
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23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 Museum, 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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