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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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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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Right next to Casa Loma - make sure you stop in.

I love this place and have been here multiple times. It really is a fun tour and if you need a cool place to visit on Hallowe-en, make this a place to stop. It is located right... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I was there because it's just next to Casa Loma; unfortunately it was closed when I was there. There is a beautiful garden there; what a pity it was raining heavily when I was visiting. Sad.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I love this place and have been here multiple times. It really is a fun tour and if you need a cool place to visit on Hallowe-en, make this a place to stop. It is located right next to Casa Loma, so you can do both at the same time, and if you do the Hop On, Hop Bus, I... More 

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

Thank you for your kinds words about Spadina. We try very hard to make our tours entertaining and we are pleased to hear that you have been here multiple times. More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This interesting century-old house and its guided tours provide a nice picture of life among the respectable rich of Toronto in the early 20th century. The house and grounds have been preserved, restored, and furnished true to the period. The guided tour of the house is good, and there is an audio tour available for the grounds and gardens. Interesting,... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your visit to Spadina. I would like to add that not only are the furnishings true to the period but they are the original furnishings used by the family during the 920s and 1930s. t. More 

St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is right next door to Casa Loma, and it was not open when we finally finished touring the beautiful Casa Loma. However, the free gardens are available to walk around in after hours, and they were beautiful to see. We would like to go back to tour the museum.

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

Sorry to hear that we were not open when you visited however we were glad to hear that you were able to view our gardens and took the time to share your thoughts. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Stopped by the Spadina House after visiting Casa Loma. I enjoyed the Spadina House much more than Casa Loma! It is very personal because the tour guide tells you the history & stories of the family who used to live there. Very interesting! I definitely recommend stopping by!

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Spadina. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour and would recommend the museum to others. More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at our museum and took the time to share your experience. More 

New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your visit to Spadina. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and would recommend visiting our museum. More 

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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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 your experience was both interesting and informative. More 

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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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Spadina and relating your impressions of our gardens. More 

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