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“Gardens always a pleasure and free too”
Review of Spadina Museum

Spadina Museum
Ranked #55 of 513 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: 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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“Gardens always a pleasure and free too”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I've just been to the gardens of Spadina House, and its already beautiful. Small, but packed with surprizes and eye candy. As a photographer, there are plenty options - the beautiful cherry(?) blossoms, the lillies, blue bells (Longwart and other), new ferns, tulips, daffodils with endless mixing and interweaving of colors. In the front are beautiful old chestnut trees with forget-me-nots and benches to sit on. I've never been inside, but the gardens are enough for me.
There is no charge for visiting the gardens (although there is a charge to visit inside the House) and I got the best shot of the Casa Loma from here - a slightly softer version than pictures taken from right in front of the castle. (see pictures included)

Visited May 2013
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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“A Beautiful, Well Preserved Historic Home”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

If you are visiting nearby Casa Loma, please considering visiting this gem of a museum. My father took me to see this house when I was a teen and I loved it so much, I got married here in 2011 in the back garden. Unlike Casa Loma, which had its contents auctioned off and therefore has little original furnishings, Spadina was lived in and well cared for by one family until it was donated to the city. Most of the decor belonged to the family so the house feels complete and lived in. The inner house is lovely (they just renovated the house to how it would have looked in the 1920s) and the gardens are nice for a stroll as well. I cannot say how much I like this 'little' yellow house. Please do not pass it by when in the neighborhood!

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Jessica F
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Los Angeles
Level 5 Contributor
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“Time travelling”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a great historical villa with original furniture. It once belonged to James Austin and was built in 1866. It has 35 rooms and you can visit 10 rooms with a guided tour. To this house belongs a beautiful garden. I liked it even more then Casa Loma which is right next to it. When I visited in 2008 I felt like a time traveler in these original rooms. It is easy to imagine how the owners lived there. I can highly recommend a visit.

Visited May 2012
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“Nice, but too small to really matter”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Historically nice- and lovingly preserved. Though it is far too limited in scale to be worth any extraordinary effort to see. In many ways, watching an historically accurate period drama would give you as much information, and feel of the time.

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Windsor, Canada
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“An elegant lifestyle preserved”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

You might call this lifestyles of the rich and famous of Toronto from 1914 to 1934. Growing up in Toronto I often passed this place and wondered about its history and occupants. In 1984, the house was passed on to the city with many of its rooms and furnishings intact. Taking the mandatory tour took about a little more than an hour and visitors can get more than a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich of Toronto of that time. Our guide was pleasant and well-informed. In some ways Spadina House is better than a visit to Casa Loma because more has been preserved and the place is less shop worn and less commercial and much less ostentatious although certainly showy enough. Casa Loma may have had style and pretension but lacks the grace and finesse of its neighbour.

Visited March 2013
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