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“Must-visit.. a step back in time!”
Review of Spadina Museum

Spadina Museum
Ranked #55 of 513 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: 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.
Tasmania, Australia
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“Must-visit.. a step back in time!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Our afternoon at Spadina Historic House was fantastic! It definitely exceeded our expectations and we left having learnt a lot!

Our tour guide was fantastic - enthusiastic, energetic, funny and highly knowledgeable about Spadina and Toronto itself. We truly felt transported back to the 1920s and that we personally knew the Austin family. The tour at 45 mins to 1 hour was excellent value for money (only $9!). The house itself has been beautifully restored and the gardens spectacular (especially during warmer months). The entire experience was a great example of how tourism should be done.

A must-visit when in Toronto, especially for fans of Downtown Abbey and that time period. Having visited impressive neighbour, Casa Loma (and thoroughly enjoyed it), I have to say that Spadina House was actually better value. Make sure you drop by!

Visited May 2014
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Ottawa, Ontario
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“Gem of a museum”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

I had never heard of the Spadina Historic House, but with the recent Downton Abbey exhibit, we spent a wonderful 2 hours here. It is a gem of a museum, the history that they have is amazing. The tour guide was quite knowledgeable of the history. I would love to go back when the house is not so busy so that we could wander at will.

Visited April 2014
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Van, Turkey
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“Was not expecting this!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Greatly dwarfed by its gaudy neighbour next door, the Spadina Historic House and Gardens is a delightful little museum that is definitely worth the trip. Originally, I had set out to visit Casa Loma but walked out simply because much of the castle was closed due to filming and, as such, was not a great value, even with the Toronto City Pass. So I randomly walked towards the Spadina House and am very grateful that I did. I figured it was worth a visit just by looking at the beautiful structure of this building which was once the home of the Austin's, one of Toronto's most influential families.

Inside, you are greeted by the House's friendly staff as you pay the very reasonable price of 9$. You are then assisted by a very knowledgeable guide she walks you through this very ornate Victorian mansion. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of our guide, but she was a lovely young lady who was quite passionate about the House and the Austin family. When regaling us with the many Austin family anecdotes, it was almost like as if she was talking about a dear friend. The home is so meticulously restored and is full of memorabilia and trinkets that were used by the family back in the day.

I wholeheartedly recommend this underrated attraction, especially for those who love history and are curious about how people lived during Victorian times.

Visited April 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“A Pleasant Afternoon”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We went to the House for a cider tasting event and toured the house and grounds while we were there. The layout is very good and the guides very helpful. This is a great way to learn a little about the development of Toronto in the Victorian era.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Downton amazing”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

came for Dressing for Downton but enjoyed entire experience. House is so beautiful and lived in, a wonderful trip to the past. Much better than Casa Loma! do not miss

Visited April 2014
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