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“The Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Spadina Museum

Spadina Museum
Ranked #55 of 501 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.
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“The Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Casa Loma gets all the attention but if you want a real treat go next door to the Spadina (spadeena) House. The experience is more authentic and personalized since you are on a guided tour.

The house is larger than it appears. There are a few stairs to climb but if Doug is guiding you then you almost don't notice them.

The story of this house/family is quite different than the one at the castle. It really helps put Toronto history in perspective.

The garden is much simpler but feels more alive. The staff are more than happy to answer questions about what they grow and what they do with what they grow.

Two more things. The homemade chocolate chip cookies are yummy and Doug really likes it if you know how to play a piano.

Visited June 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Had been several years ago and wanted to visit again. You get taken round by a guide and are told all about the house and family. It is very interesting and the lady who took us was lovely and very informative and made it so interesting. She listened to us as well which was nice. It was like being taken by a friend. It is a beautiful house and would recommend a visit.

Visited May 2014
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“An afternoon at Aunt Jo's house!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

Okay, if you're a fan of Canada's favorite red head, Anne Shirley, then you HAVE to make Spadina House on your list of must-see Toronto locations! Spadina House was used in the 1980's Anne of Green Gables movies as the setting of Diana's wealthy Aunt Jo's house. I knew this home was in Toronto but had completely forgotten when my friends and I were vacationing in Toronto in March. We'd decided to see Casa Loma, which is right across the street, and I just happened to turn around at there this beauty was! I was ecstatic. Not only is it an iconic home from the movies, but it's a charming Victorian home that is worth a stroll through the garden to see.

Visited March 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Worth a visit after casa loma”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

I went to see the house as I was passing after visiting casa loma, I wouldn't go especially to see it. I got in for free as it was Open Doors.

Visited May 2014
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“Next-door to Casa Loma”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Casa Loma (next door) is a bit over-rated and way over-priced. Do yourself a favor and make a visit to Spadina House during the annual "Doors Open" event and tour this gorgeous place for the price of the parking lot.

Visited May 2014
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