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“Quaint and Quiet Outdoor Relaxation”
4 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Quaint and Quiet Outdoor Relaxation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

We visit Spadina House at least once a year to tour mainly the exterior: the 5 acres of carefully tended gardens and orchards, and let the kids run across the rolling grassy hills overlooking the city. Going up those million stairs is good exercise! This is the perfect place for a picnic - entirely deserted in late summer/early fall (except probably not on Saturdays, when people are getting married there). Just a wonderful place to poke around and show kids how things grow, wander amid wildflowers with the city far below you, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists flooding Casa Loma across the way.

Visited September 2013
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“Authentic Family Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Spadina House is the home of a wealthy Toronto family from the late 19th century. Large and comfortable it has elements that are both elegant and homey at the same time. Very Victorian in its furnishings (Jakes and Hayes in the drawing room), as well as many other late 19th century items. A good glimpse into the life of a Victorian Canadian family and next door to Casa Loma.

Visited August 2014
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“An interesting historic mansion with 32 rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Our tour guide was excellent and managed to get the 20 of us through without knocking over the furniture. I love the two ferocious stuffed wolves at the entrance keeping the burglars away.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Pretty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Wonderful place to visit, tour guides so very informative and helpful. Definitely a great place to visit for a fair price and lovely place to walk during summer as gardens are delightful :)

Visited October 2013
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Thornhill, Canada
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“History of Toronto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

Are you looking for history of Toronto? Then go to the Spadina House right next door to Castle Loma. Beautiful house with interesting and beautiful gardens. Our tour guide Lisa was excellent, energetic & full of spunk.

Visited August 2014
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