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“The historic House” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spadina Museum

Spadina Museum
Ranked #54 of 500 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“The historic House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

This large home is next to Casa Loma and I like it much more.
It is Edwardian and has beautiful historic gardens. The are guides in costume who will take you through this home. There is parking at Casa Loma.

Visited September 2012
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Douglas F, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you for your comments. Being next door to Casa Loma elicits many comparisons such as Spadina's billiard table is bigger and Casa Loma has more bathrooms. Together they shine a bright light upon Toronto's past. Visitors interested in gardens, the lifestyles of 2 very different businessmen and the work of servants in Toronto before the Second World War will want to enjoy both properties. (Note: there is a discount if you visit both houses on the same day).
As to costumed staff, at the moment Spadina staff are in costume only for special events such as the Gatsby Garden Party and our live radio show in December.
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Toronto, Canada
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“Spadina House: beautiful, in a fun way”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

I was there with teens last year and we really enjoyed our visit. The house has undergone renovations to bring it back to its state in1920's. I was glad to see it still looked quite Victorian. I expected they had gone all the way "art deco" in the 20's. I had forgotten that when you have antiques in the family, you don't just throw everything away to make room for the new things. My companions really appreciated this incursion into the life of the wealthy.

Here's a fun tip: Take a photo of the old photo of the back of the house shown in the gallery and then, get outside to take the exact same shot, trying to position your family like the people on the vintage photo. (We had a blast doing this!)

Visited October 2012
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Douglas F, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Great suggestion for comparing past and present. The photograph of the south face of the house is just one view visitors can use their device to photograph and compare with the present. Did you find and access the QR labels at the front gate and bees ' nest?

Another way to enjoy Toronto then and now is at the City of Toronto archives just down the hill from us. They also have favourite photos selected by their staff on their website.
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Another architecture gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Gotta see this, it has a genuine 'live in feeling'. Fully furnished and lovely restoration. Entrance fee includes a guided tour with very knowledgeable guides.

Visited July 2013
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“A much loved treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

This is a beautiful old house - carefully and lovingly restored.
It is very well presented by the staff - Dave was an excellent guide, who quite clearly loves his work.
The gardens are beautiful, and the gardeners are very happy people. Who wouldn't be in such a lovely place?

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

Glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich, if not famous, of yesterday's Toronto. Tour was informative and highly interesting.

Visited July 2012
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