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“Small but perfectly formed”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum
Ranked #69 of 501 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.
Sarnia, Canada
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“Small but perfectly formed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Gardiner is a niche museum focusing just on pottery /ceramics, but it does house some exquisite work, and if you like this sort of thing, you'll love the Gardiner. The building is easy to navigate, well lit, spotless and inviting, plus it shows of the pieces very well to boot.

My only reservation is that there isn't more of it to wander around, because you can easily be in & out within an hour. But given its location opposite the ROM, why not double up?

Visited March 2014
1 Thank EdwardJAllen
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Brampton, Canada
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“What a Marvellous Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

While I'm a regular visitor to it's much larger cousin across the street (the ROM), it's been close to 20 years since I last paid a visit to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Shame on me for not going back sooner. What a marvellous institution situated in Toronto. The wonderfully displayed collections are augmented by an excellent array of informative interpretive panels. The Pre-Columbian ceramic collection from Central & South America is worth the admission price alone.

A bonus surprise was to discover a temporary exhibit that had been mounted highlighting the work of well known Canadian architect, Ron Thom, who had designed much of my alma mater, Trent University in Peterborough Ontario.

For those of you looking to escape for a couple of hours and enjoy the wonderful world of ceramic arts, this visual treat to your eyes and your mind, is a must see. The in-house restaurant, A la Carte, offers a great selection of items on their menu, and is the perfect place to dine in style.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Greg P
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“Unexpectedly Interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

This museum is larger and far more comprehensive than one may guess. Pre-Columbia artifacts. Modern Art. Hand-painted Renaissance work.18th-Century Royal Tea sets. This entire museum is devoted to ceramics and quite unique. This museum has a relatively low admission cost, plus there are frequent price specials, discount coupons available and even free days. Also if you save your receipt you can get two-for-one admission to the Bata Museum, Design Exchange and Museum of Inuit Art for the next week.

Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Worth Discovering”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

The Gardiner Museum is a small museum located across the side street from the ROM. It offers a nice contrast to the unwieldy and massive ROM collection by focusing exclusively on pottery. If you like pottery, whether ancient artifacts or more recent dishes, you will find it here.

The service at the desk is very helpful. I was frustrated to read another review of this place (which must be bogus) that claims the staff were rude and people were in every room telling you not to touch things.

First of all, most everything is behind glass, so you couldn't touch it if you wanted to. Second, unless you sign up for a tour, the place is so small, you won't likely encounter staff telling you anything. Finally, the guy at the entrance (Ray?) might have been one of the nicest people I have encountered at any museum.

The Gardiner offers special exhibits and hands-on experiences that cater to children and adults. An unguided experience does not take a long time, but it is well worth the effort.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank mbc421
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Falmouth, MA
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“Perfect Museum for Us”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

My wife and I have collected pottery for years and the Gardiner is devoted to the history of pottery. The collection is outstanding and beautifully displayed. If you have any interest in the decorative arts, this museum is worth several hours of your time.

Visited October 2013
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