Decorative arts museums in Toronto

Gardiner Museum

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The Gardiner Museum is the only museum in Canada devoted exclusively to ceramic art. It is located on Queen’s Park just south of Bloor Street in Toronto, opposite the Royal Ontario Museum. The nearest subway station is Museum.

History

Founded in 1984 by George R. Gardiner and his wife Helen Gardiner, designed by Keith Wagland, the museum has been described as a "jewel box of ceramic treasures" . The Gardiner Museum underwent a $20 million renovation, reopening in August 2006, with KPMB Architects (Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna and Blumberg) and was awarded the Pug Award for Best Commercial Architecture in 2006 .

Collection

Its permanent collection of over 2,900 pieces, includes works from the Ancient Americas, Italian Renaissance, English Delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, European porcelain, and a Contemporary gallery. In addition to the permanent collections, the museum mounts three temporary exhibitions per year.

Programs

The museum offers programs and lectures, and, in its clay studio, clay classes for adults and children.

Affiliations

The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

References

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Hina
21 February 2016
The second floor Renaissance and European ceramics were my favourite! There's a video on how many of the beautiful pieces are created, would highly suggest that everyone watch that too.
Cameron Maddux
17 April 2016
Drop in pottery class. Show up early to stand in line to get a number to wait to buy a ticket to wait to get in.
Doors Open Toronto
2 April 2013
Did you know that the Gardiner Museum is dedicated to ceramic art and was originally designed by Keith Wagland in 1984? Come visit us during Doors Open on May 25-26, 2013!!
Evka Rodinová
10 March 2017
I was little disappointed with the pottery class. Instructors are great, but they have no time for everyone there. The instructions are brief so you have no idea you are doing something wrong ????
Ettractions
3 November 2010
Groups of 10 or more have the option of a private tour. Your tour can focus on a specific gallery, the current special exhibition, or take you through the entire collection.
Patrick Delongchamp
12 January 2016
Take the free tour at 2PM. It's pottery after all. You'll need some help to fully appreciate it.
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111 Queens Park, University of Toronto - St. George Campus, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7, Canada

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Mon-Thu 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sat-Sun 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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