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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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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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One of those places that people question you about going to, but love it when they get there. It has been freshened up since my last visit several years ago and remains a great... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Saskatoon, Canada
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of those places that people question you about going to, but love it when they get there. It has been freshened up since my last visit several years ago and remains a great attraction, especially the second floor.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small musuem with very unworthy collections. Do not be fooled by the smart looking web photos. Tours are mismanaged and staffs all acts like they are English loyalties who operate MET in New York City. Terrible services! Too bad they have to work to earn a living and serve the general public.

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Thank Alexandra S
Toronto, Canada
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134 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is very small in comparison to the ROM (across the street) or the AGO (just couple of subway stops away). Yet, the exhibits are really interesting, tastefully selected and have great detail that you can really admire. Throughout the year, the museum hosts different events, workshops and family days. The cafe is not always open. As a result,... More 

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Thank Antonia S
Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Visited recently while in Toronto on holiday. We were taken for lunch and a trip round the museum, the food was excellent if a bit pricey. The museum was actually very interesting which was a bonus and quieter than the ROM, no bus parties of school children! Would certainly go again.

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Thank Fiona B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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105 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Unless you really like ceramics, this museum is enjoyable for a quick spin - especially of the tea sets upstairs. Very nice staff throughout the museum, and very helpful, but this felt like a niche collection that didn't have as much popular appeal as the shoe museum down the street.

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Thank Tina T
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

thoroughly enjoyed my hours spent perusing the displays, will visit again. My interest was the Blue and Whites, mostly Ching Dynasty, Mesisen was as enjoyable noting the pair I treasure

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Thank huocj
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We went to the pottery class. They have the most complicated system in the world! You need to come 2 hours early, each person separately, to take your number. You can't take the number for your partner. Than you have to come back and wait until they called your number. Now you can finally pay. Unbelievable! During your class they... More 

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Thank Evka R
Toronto, Canada
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325 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Christmas visit...lovely tree's and decorations , but the essence of the museum was very interesting and appealing to all. Smallish but most unique.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

On Tuesdays it's free for students, which helped me go, however I wouldn't go again. Nothing special, but it was really cool to see how obsessed the royals were with porcelain. I found the trees more interest though. But overall lovely.

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Toronto, Canada
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670 reviews
420 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Toronto is a bit lacking in museums and thus not really surprising that a niche museum line the Gardiner has such a big profile. The collection is nice, but it much in particular stands out. There are some good temporary exhibits from time to time, but a visit here is not a highlight for Toronto .

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