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Gardiner Museum

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Address: 111 Queen's Park | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
Phone Number: 416-586-8080
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 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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Clay and pottery

A rather large exhibition of clay and pottery art figures from all over the globe. Good layout with adequate explanations. Overall an enjoyable and educational visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
May L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A rather large exhibition of clay and pottery art figures from all over the globe. Good layout with adequate explanations. Overall an enjoyable and educational visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so surprised by the size of this museum - there were 2 floors of amazing exhibits and we wish we could have stayed for longer. There was a restaurant and also pottery classes. There were worksheets for the children to find certain items. The earthenware suitcase was a highlight. The gift shop sold high quality products and the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

amazing collection of pre-hispanic artifacts, along with a wide range of china from around the world. very interesting.

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Thank R G
Orchard Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First let me say that there is a deal going on where you can get admission to the Batta Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, and the Museum for Textiles for $20 and it is valid for a month or two. Best bargain around for tourists. This is a mid-size museum with very well designed exhibits. I loved reading... More 

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Thank Sue K
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to the Gardiner Museum specifically to see the displays of early Meissen porcelain and was not disappointed. Additionally to that were the other European and British examples of porcelain, china and earthen ware. I didn't go further than this, although there were items from the Americas and Asia. Time was against me, so I'd suggest spending at least... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The Gardiner is or was a private collection. Although referred to in guide books as the Ceramics Museum I'd describe it as a museum of mostly fine porcelain. There are many pieces from some of the finest European manufactories in Germany, France & England plus some Delft and original Chinese 'Willow Pattern' ware. The outstanding items are from Meissen and,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Our guide was such a source of knowledge and, over an hour, provided us with facts we wouldn't have picked up by 'going it alone'. The collection is fantastic; although I personally enjoyed the primitive ceramics on the ground floor. Plan to spend extra time to go around alone once the guided tour is over.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

The Gardiner Museum specializes in ceramics. It is in downtown Toronto just across the street from its much bigger counterpart, the ROM. Despite its smaller size there is enough to see at the Gardiner to warrant at least two visits of around 90 minutes each, and of course more for closer observation and study. I recommend the Gardiner as being... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

A gem for anyone with an interest in art! A small museum but a winner. Worth your time. We loved the history of ceramics and the wars fought because of them. Who knew about the ceramics craze, which had some of the same characteristics as the tulip mania. Visit this museum if you are interested in the stock market and... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

The museum and drop in program is very interesting.However ...What a sick and twisted disrespect for peoples time! To get to program of 2 hours you have to spend 2h 15m on time of a program! Not to mention extra you are paying for parking if you happen to come by car. Recently I had guest out of town with... More 

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