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Spadina Museum

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Address: 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
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+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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a place where normally you would hit, it's not one of the biggies especially with casa loma next door. but you learn about that you learn that the neighbour built his castle as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 2, 2015
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Caledon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015

a place where normally you would hit, it's not one of the biggies especially with casa loma next door. but you learn about that you learn that the neighbour built his castle as the matriarch sat and watched day in and day out for years. the first place with gas lamps i believe, the furnature the rooms, they quite almost... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to recount your experience at Spadina. We truly appreciate the feedback. More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

"Toronto's Downton Abbey" does not disappoint! My mom and I went just before Christmas and the house was completely decorated for the holidays, right down to sugar cookies and cider in the kitchen (delicious!). We were only 4 people for our tour and our guide was so funny and passionate about what she was telling us. She went along with... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Spadina.We are glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself and thank you for pointing out the fact that we decorate the museum in December for the holiday season. We were lucky enough to have a fairly detailed account of how the house was decorated for the holidays during the... More 

Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2015

It wasn't that exciting. In that area there are so many nice big houses that you wonder if in the next 100 years any of them would turn into a museum like this. You can only visit the house through a guided tour (which makes the experience more interesting) and it takes about 45 minutes. There are different rooms in... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that didn't find Spadina worth a recommendation but as a side note, the gardens are free and are open whenever the house is. More 

New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2015

It feels like visiting the history... the Royal places ... houses... gardens and the socio-cultural and style of Royal living...

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

Thank you for taking the time to relate your experience at Spadina. We appreciate the feedback and are glad to hear that you enjoyed the time you spent here. More 

East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2015

This was a lovely find. Slightly out of the way from the main attractions but well worth a visit. Really reasonable entrance fee and you watched a short DVD about the history of the family. You then had a guide show you around the house which was fascinating.

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

Thank you for reviewing your visit to Spadina. We truly appreciate the feedback and we are very pleased to hear that your enjoyed your visit . More 

Recife
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2015

Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.Visit the tunel and feel the ghosts.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

This was a great learning experience regarding the history of Toronto. Not only did we learn more about Toronto's rich history, but we also found out that we have been pronouncing Spadina wrong for our entire lives! Excellent experience for those history buffs who want to know more about our great city.

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

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our museum and at the same time learned an alternate pronunciation for Spadina. And most of all thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Spadina Museum:Historic House & Gardens. More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a great house with interesting decor and an interesting history. The man who owned this house sold the land to the owner of Casa Loma and was good friends with him. He was also quite a character. This house is an interesting parallel to Casa Loma – Casa Loma being a paragon of grand, classic, tasteful opulence and... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words and we are very glad that you enjoyed the house. At Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens we are always trying to make the house and property as interesting and relevant as possible. To that end when you visited in May, we were restoring our stables and because of this restoration project we had... More 

Fulton, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2015

Spadina House Museum is located less than a block from Casa Loma and should be part of your visit to Toronto. The entire 20,000 sq. ft. home is a museum which, uniquely, was owned from the beginning by one family, the Austins. The last Austin inhabitant, a granddaughter of the original owner, lived in the home up until it was... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your visit to Spadina. And thank you for mentioning that the house is furnished with original family pieces. In addition we were lucky enough to have detailed records of their placement so we can provide a very authentic look at how this family lived during the 1920s and 1930s. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2015

I visited the Spadina House right after Casa Loma as they are right next door. I'd recommend the Spadina House first next time. Truth be told, I confused the two and my husband noticed when we were entering to pay. Nonetheless, we came right before closing so we didn't get to have the guided tour experience but the workers were... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at Spadina. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We also have many events on our grounds for example in June we host a music series called Music in the Orchard which is well worth a visit. More 

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