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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
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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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Exquisite

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... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2015
Roma Z
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Toronto, Canada
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Newmarket, Canada
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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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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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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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Alberta, Canada
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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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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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Benicia, California
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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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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

The museum has a diverse collection that spans significant historical periods. The guided tour, conduced by Margaret, was precise and entertaining.

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Thank mareaj2014
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

Beautiful new porcelain galleries , and a wonderful collection of Ancient Americas, Contemporary, Majolica and English Delft. An underappreciated gem of a museum

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Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

This museum has a good variety of ceramics from around the world. Japanese, Chinese, European and contemporary.

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Scarsdale, NY
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

I visited the Gardiner Museum as part of the Nuit Blanche celebration last Saturday. The quality of the Mesoamerican ceramics on display was outstanding and I regret not allocating more time to my visit.

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