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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
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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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Visited during Jazz Week in Toronto

We were visiting the neighboring castle and hear jazz music coming over the wall. A free concert was ongoing in the lovely apple orchard adjoining the museum. Delightful!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Neil G
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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting the neighboring castle and hear jazz music coming over the wall. A free concert was ongoing in the lovely apple orchard adjoining the museum. Delightful!

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Thank Neil G
Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spadina Museum is a BEAUTIFUL piece of Toronto, and Canadian, history. ... For lovers of Anne of Green Gables, this house is portrayed in the Anne of Green Gables movie as the home of Aunt Josephine Berry (the old, sometime cantankerous aunt of Anne's best friend, Diana Berry). The history of the this Museum, and the treasures it holds, is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there on a school trip. It was a beautifully preserved example of life in the upper classes in Toronto in the last century. I loved walking into the various rooms and seeing the detail of daily life of the family and hearing the stories of the gas VS electricity war at the time.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Visiting at Christmas was wonderful with the tour, decorations and hot cider! They had an old time radio play which was so enjoyable. The grounds were lovely and I'm sure would be wonderful for the flowers and warm weather activities. Our tour guide, Haleigh,was delightful and was able to answer all our questions.

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Thank Sue H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A great way to visit old houses and see the architecture, the furnishing and the decoration used in the house. We went at Christmas time and it was full of the smell of cookies baking and Christmas decorations true to the era. Highly recommended if you like old houses.

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Thank Jane C
Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

I love Spadina house!! Whenever I get the chance, I plan my day with Casa Loma (which is nice) and Spadin house (which is awesome)! The history is amazing and the tour guides are lovely people and always do a great job! By my understanding, a lot of them are volunteers which is amazing. One of my favourite parts is... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

It was actually closed when we went - don't go on a Monday! But we toured the grounds and it looks like a fascinating place to visit.

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Arcadia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Due to time constraints, we only visited the gardens which, in August, were magnificently in full bloom. The gardens are free (there is a charge for touring the house).

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Thank Delores J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is a great old mansion with a lot of history. It was occupied up until the 1980's and hadn't been changed a bit, even the old wood stove was left in place, even the old gas powered shaving cream heating element is still beside the sink. The basement is an archeology dig. WAY WAY cheaper than Casa Loma across... More 

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Just across the road from Casa Loma but smaller and fewer visitors. It is much more restrained and an oasis of calm. We had an excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide and really enjoyed it.

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