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Spadina Museum

285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
+1 416-392-6910
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One of the best tours I have taken

Simply fabulous so informative about the city of Toronto, dwarfed by the Casale Lima neighbour but... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
T C
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Caledon, Canada
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Beautiful home and great tour

We got there a little early, coming over from Casa Loma, and sat around in the garden for half an... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2017
Susie M
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West Yorkshire
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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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285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Simply fabulous so informative about the city of Toronto, dwarfed by the Casale Lima neighbour but way cooler. The Jackson Hayes furniture was inspiring.

Thank T C
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We got there a little early, coming over from Casa Loma, and sat around in the garden for half an hour. We also had free entrance as there was some museum week promotion going on. We watched the introductory video and then in a small...More

Thank Susie M
Reviewed 13 November 2017

If you plan to go to Casa Loma, go to Spadina house. Especially if you are from Toronto it is an interesting tour.

1  Thank stevendD6925DX
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Leave the highly touristy chaos across the street at Casa Loma and enjoy the Spadina museum and grounds. The museum did not open until noon, we had 30 minutes to stroll through the grounds - very peaceful and beautiful. We then viewed the info movie...More

Thank RandiFayeC
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Spading museum was actually a home inhabited by the Austin family continuously for more than 100 years. After we toured Casa Loma, we walked next door to the Spadina museum and was impressed by the contrast of the two homes. This home is decorated in...More

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Hello, Thank you for visiting our home. Mackenzie Investments have helped us share the wonders inside the restored home by offering free general admission during the month of November. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 16 October 2017

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Upon arrival, we found out that the only way to tour is as part of a guided tour, one of which had just started. We had missed the intro video, but were escorted up to join the group that had...More

1  Thank McMarshal
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Immediate next to Casa Loma, stood this gatsbyque dwelling of one family, the Austens from 1836-1930. A much overlooked museum with an inexpensive admission of an Ontario Historical heritage upper class luxury house and its idyllic garden right in downtown. The admission included a expertly...More

Thank Connie L
SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for your praise of the museum, gardens and intelligent and charming Emily. Not everyone can go on an Emily tour, but all of our staff and docents are enthused about communicating the many delightful facets of the home. Cheers.

Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We took a casual afternoon to visit this historic site in "uptown" Toronto - next to Casa Loma. The gardens were beautiful and the inside of the house was meticulously maintained to its original 1915 era. We took a guided tour throughout the home with...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The story of the Austin family and their life at Spadina House. An extremely informative and knowledgeable guide punctuates the Austin story with plenty of facts and anecdotes. A must for anyone who likes social history and Historic buildings. Deserves to be far more popular...More

Thank Salty-seadogs
SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Thank you Salty

Reviewed 12 September 2017

Tours run on the hour, about $7 per person, not self guided. That being said we LOVED this place. we started at Casa loma- 2 houses over-- Don't go there- it's big and the guy lost his money- that's it really. Go to Spadina museum...More

Thank Ahahn063
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