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Address: 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6910
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The years between the two Great Wars, when Toronto experienced increased...

The years between the two Great Wars, 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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Spadina House

An excellent restoration recently completed makes you feel as if you're right in the midst of the family's home. If you're visiting Casa Loma, make sure you stop in.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Mississauga, Canada
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An excellent restoration recently completed makes you feel as if you're right in the midst of the family's home. If you're visiting Casa Loma, make sure you stop in.

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Middletown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a positive contrast to the uncontrolled crowding at Casa Loma, plus Spadina Museum is much more affordable. Enjoyed the introductory video, and had a docent who was very knowledgeable about the home and its inhabitants.

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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A relaxing place with a floral garden very nice to sit and rest there. Interesting architectural structure. Worth seeing.

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

Thank you for comments Marta, our nearly 6 acres of grounds are here for the public to enjoy Tues - Sunday until 5 PM, 4:30 PM on Mondays. More 

Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Although classed as a museum I found Spadina to be quite homely and set with furniture and fine art as it was left by the last owner. You have an introductory film about the Austin family which helps you appreciate the background to the period of the late 1800's to early 1900's then you are given a guided tour which... More 

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SpadinaMuseum, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Hello Sally, We are pleased you enjoyed the house and grounds. Another reviewer used a term that would also fit in your description. They enjoyed "lawn lounging" on the property. Nice ways to enjoy our 5.6 acre oasis. More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

The tour of Spadina Museum was fantastic. We did the Etiquette of Downton Abbey and it was very interesting and educational. Our tour guide was fantastic! She was friendly, fun, and very knowledgable. The house is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful look into the past. I would highly recommend both the museum and the Downton Abbey tour.

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SpadinaMuseum, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your nicely worded recommendation. I will make sure to pass on your praise of our "fantastic"staff to those leading the tours that day. Since you enjoyed yourself so much, you may wish to check out our website or Facebook page for our next event "Hello Dali" - a collage making workshop on Friday August 7th. All... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Hottest day this year. 15 of us arrived early for Music in the Orchard with picnic lunches and blankets... Little did we know that the visit in the Museum would become the hilight -- thanks to CHRIS who guided us through the building and gave us a real sense of what it was like to be an Austin living in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Had a very interesting visit to Spadina Musuem today. The gardens were in full bloom and we had a relaxing cup of coffee there before our tour. The house has been restored to how it was in the 1920s and 30s when the Austin family lived here. The furniture is beautiful and the attention to detail was remarkable thanks to... More 

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

Thanks Tarita You have provided a wonderful profile of our ideal visitor; an appreciator of beauty, detail and fine food. More 

Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I was here during the Open Doors Toronto. This museum is an old building owned by the Simcoe family (the first Governor of Upper Canada) with supposedly a beautiful garden. I came here with a very high expectation and was very much disappointed. The inside of the home is extremely hot and humid; thus making me feeling very exhausted and... More 

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

Hello thank you for providing details of your experience of the museum during Doors Open Toronto. We encourage you to come back to the home during our regular operating hours when visitors are provided with an intimate experience of the home (check out the Trip Advisor reviews for descriptions of these tours). The positive aspect of the heat of last... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

This is the really Casa. The home of the first governor of Upper Canada.Lord Simcoe and Lady Simcoe You get to see a true early Edwardian home that was far from the city at the time of its building. Very Knowledgeable staff

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Fort Worth, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

While the Casa Loma was grand and opulent with lots of tourists, right next door is the Spadina Museum that was equally interesting in a more understated way perhaps. Apparently not a lot of tourists make the 100 yard walk from Casa Loma to the Spadina as I was the only tourist on the 1:15pm tour. The Spadina is a... More 

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

Hello thank you for your review. We like to keep our tours from being too crowded (max. 15 at a time), you were able to enjoy one of the rare but pleasant 1 on 1 tours. If you are still in town, you may wish to come back as our orchard and gardens are blooming even more than yesterday. Grounds... More 

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