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Gardiner Museum

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Address: 111 Queen's Park | 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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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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Nice collection of hisorical porcelains, but short on modern ceramics.

First let me say that there is a deal going on where you can get admission to the Batta Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, and the Museum for Textiles for $20 and it is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 July 2016
Sue K
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Orchard Park, New York
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Orchard Park, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

First let me say that there is a deal going on where you can get admission to the Batta Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, and the Museum for Textiles for $20 and it is valid for a month or two. Best bargain around for tourists. This is a mid-size museum with very well designed exhibits. I loved reading... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I went to the Gardiner Museum specifically to see the displays of early Meissen porcelain and was not disappointed. Additionally to that were the other European and British examples of porcelain, china and earthen ware. I didn't go further than this, although there were items from the Americas and Asia. Time was against me, so I'd suggest spending at least... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

The Gardiner is or was a private collection. Although referred to in guide books as the Ceramics Museum I'd describe it as a museum of mostly fine porcelain. There are many pieces from some of the finest European manufactories in Germany, France & England plus some Delft and original Chinese 'Willow Pattern' ware. The outstanding items are from Meissen and,... More 

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Avebury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Our guide was such a source of knowledge and, over an hour, provided us with facts we wouldn't have picked up by 'going it alone'. The collection is fantastic; although I personally enjoyed the primitive ceramics on the ground floor. Plan to spend extra time to go around alone once the guided tour is over.

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Thank AlMel27
Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

The Gardiner Museum specializes in ceramics. It is in downtown Toronto just across the street from its much bigger counterpart, the ROM. Despite its smaller size there is enough to see at the Gardiner to warrant at least two visits of around 90 minutes each, and of course more for closer observation and study. I recommend the Gardiner as being... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

A gem for anyone with an interest in art! A small museum but a winner. Worth your time. We loved the history of ceramics and the wars fought because of them. Who knew about the ceramics craze, which had some of the same characteristics as the tulip mania. Visit this museum if you are interested in the stock market and... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

The museum and drop in program is very interesting.However ...What a sick and twisted disrespect for peoples time! To get to program of 2 hours you have to spend 2h 15m on time of a program! Not to mention extra you are paying for parking if you happen to come by car. Recently I had guest out of town with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a good place to come with a group of kids, they get to learn about art and technique and go away with something they've made themselves. A great learning experience

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

We visited to see a special exhibition of Panamanian artifacts from 100 years ago. Very interesting. We also perused their porcelain collection - fabulous. While there we had an enjoyable lunch in their restaurant. Highly recommended.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

I always enjoy a visit to the Gardiner. Went specifically to see a special exhibit on Panama which was so well-curated and interesting. It's a small museum but the building is light and airy and the permanent exhibits beautifully displayed. The restaurant is excellent.

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