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Gardiner Museum

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Address: 111 Queen's Pk | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada
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+1 416-586-8080
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10:00 - 18:00
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from...

This famous museum houses a wide variety of works ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.

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We recently saw the Kent Moneyman installation--awesome, and the Twelve Trees of Christmas which was finally an interesting and innovative display. The gift shop is filled with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

We recently saw the Kent Moneyman installation--awesome, and the Twelve Trees of Christmas which was finally an interesting and innovative display. The gift shop is filled with the work of excellent potters, glass, jewellery and textile artists.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

My friends and I visited the museum in late October. We had such a cool and arrogant greeting at the reception desk (older female) that we almost didn't stay. We did stay and were intrigued with the Gardner's personal collection of china and porcelain and had a delicious lunch at A La Carte. When we left the "guard" had changed... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

Went to see the 12 Trees of Christmas. It was a huge disappointment. Could not see a third of the trees as they were on the third floor and apparently when the restaurant is open you can't view them ( personnel at the restaurant not much of a people person), it would have been nice to have this information prior... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

The special exhibit is really lame. It is just one piece in a really huge room. 5 minutes and your are done. It was really disappointing compared to the special exhibit on our last visit. We did a tour with on of the volunteers which was really interesting and worthwhile.

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Newmarket, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Went to see the 12 trees of Christmas. Not what I expected. A little too creative. Taking too much artistic liberties. The ceramics are interesting if you have an interest in history and culture. I would have liked to have known who were the previous owners.The Bistro looked like a nice place to have a meal.It would make a good... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

This ceramics museum is small but there is plenty to see. Because it is not overwhelming you can look at every unique and exquisite piece at a relaxed pace in a very pleasant atmosphere. We were there during the Christmas tree displays. This is a fun and unique temporary exhibit. There is also a nice bistro upstairs with a limited... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Right opposite one of the more odd architectural extravaganzas in the city is the very tastefully executed and understated Gardiner Museum. it is one of Toronto's concentrated theme museums, like the Textile Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum, each occupying an intriguing niche. The Gardiner is all about pottery, ceramics, china, you name it in the world of clay. The... More 

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Thank John V
Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

I enjoyed the Meso American (prehistory) display as well as the British 17th to 19th century and & European (16th -18th century) displays. The Asian collection was, I thought, a little less comprehensive than the others. The museum was endowed by the Gardner's and features mostly their own collections which were tasteful and the right range of pieces for each... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

The museum's bistro is a must try after looking at the museum's collection. Food is excellent and served promptly.

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

My wife and I recently went to the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, which has a very good collection of ceramics from various places around the world including Europe and Japan. We found the collection to be very interesting and beautiful. This museum is right across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum and seems to have fewer visitors. This made... More 

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