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Address: 285 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6910
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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History well preserved

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Karen_Giraffe
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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 

St John-in-Cornwall, United Kingdom
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155 reviews 155 reviews
37 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We visited Spadina House on 14 April. This is a beautifully preserved property which has only been owned by one family. The house is furnished with original furniture owned and purchased by the homes owners and is set out as an accurate example of 1930s life. All tours of this property are guided and the tour guide was extremely knowledgable... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience about your visit to Spadina. We appreciate your feedback and we are happy to hear that the tour was so enjoyable. More 

Toronto Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We met a group here for a private tour. It was a great look at how the those in Grand Houses lived in the last century. Much, but not all, of this house is restored and it's just lovely. The mansion is just across from Casa Loma- I wonder if it gets overshadowed by its more famous neighbour? I'd come... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit to Spadina. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour, the gardens and the gift shop. I will certainly pass on your message to our gift shop manager who works very hard to make the shop the best that it can be. More 

Connecticut, United States
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94 reviews 94 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Spadina Museum and your compliments regarding of our tour guide. It is most appreciated. I would also like to add that we have lots of upcoming events including an outdoor concert series in our orchard on the first 3 Sundays of June so if you are around on those dates, feel free... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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 

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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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