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Gardiner Museum

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Address: 111 Queen's Park | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
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+1 416-586-8080
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from...

This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.

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Interesting, but not a must go.

On Tuesdays it's free for students, which helped me go, however I wouldn't go again. Nothing special, but it was really cool to see how obsessed the royals were with porcelain. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 7, 2017
Chelle_Therese
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

On Tuesdays it's free for students, which helped me go, however I wouldn't go again. Nothing special, but it was really cool to see how obsessed the royals were with porcelain. I found the trees more interest though. But overall lovely.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Toronto is a bit lacking in museums and thus not really surprising that a niche museum line the Gardiner has such a big profile. The collection is nice, but it much in particular stands out. There are some good temporary exhibits from time to time, but a visit here is not a highlight for Toronto .

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Nice small museum. Was there for a design exhibit about Scandinavian influence. Apart from special exhibits, you have to like porcelain otherwise you don't want to go there!

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Thank Golfin2006
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

We had a couple of hours to fill so my daughter suggested going to the Gardiner Museum. I'm not particularly interested in ceramics, porcelain or pottery, but we found it to be very interesting and worthwhile. They have a great collection covering most periods of history. A digression from pots, plates and jars is a special exhibit of Scandinavian influence... More 

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Thank MVH1951
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We bought a gift certificate to the Gardiner restaurant at a silent auction. We had heard great things about it and we were supporting a charity as well. The food was extremely average and as such over priced. The service was very good, and the ambiance was elegant yet comfortable. I asked for an iced tea. They don't usually carry... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Sometimes the special exhibits are not very good but I found this one particularly interesting. It deals with the Scandinavian influence in Canada. It covers many mediums. Who knew how much we were influenced. Of course the rest of the museum is worth a visit as well.

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Thank FuzzyBeaver
Markham, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We booked a clay class as part of team building for our office retreat. We had some instruction but most was left to our imagination and creativity. We also enjoyed some of the exhibits on the way in and the way out. Beautiful spot.

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Thank Valerie F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

This museum is enjoyable and has a variety of porcelans and historic ceramic objects. The area of the museum is also intresting

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Thank Oren Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

The museum has a great collection of ceramics. I was particularly interested in the maiolica. There was also an impressive collection of commedia dell'arte figurines. A great morning.

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Newcastle, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

We probably wouldn't have chosen to visit but we had a special ticket - see below. Well curated but somewhat specialist and definitely had an 'exclusive' feel, unlike the friendly Textile and Shoe Museum, TOP TIP - buy the triple pass for this with the Shoe Museum and the Textile Museum for 20$ and make a big saving

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