Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art is world renowned for its collection of artifacts representing world cultures and natural history

Modernist Architecture of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Modernist Architecture of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art cc licensed photo by Aviad2001

The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art was first opened in 1984 by founders George and Helen Gardiner to showcase their growing collection of of pottery and porcelain and ceramic artifacts from Europe, China and Ancient America. The collection now consists of over 3,000 historical as well as contemporary pieces from around the world. Temporary exhibitions showcase new works of art, so there is always something new to see here as well.

You can visit the Gardiner Museum between 4 and 9pm on the third Friday of every month for free. You can also visit during the same time period for half-price on any other Friday.

The museum is located directly across from the Royal Ontario Museum and is housed in a building featuring modernist architecture. The museum also has a retail shop, a restaurant and 'clay classes' (additional charge).

If you have and interest in ceramic collectables and art you will definitely enjoy the Gardiner Museum. For additional information about the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art see their official website above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Special Rates available on Fridays (see article)

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7, Canada

Phone: (416) 586-8080

Official Website: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating I had the pleasure of creating a flower installation for a wedding client with my business The Moody Blooms last summer. The operations staff were super helpful and loading in was relatively easy. The spaces available for a private function are filled with natural light and the decor/ furniture has a contemporary feel. This was my favorite venue to flower in the city. Thanks for having us! There is a elevator to access the restaurant space on the second floor. I also had a vendor meal during this lovely wedding and it was delicious.
Katie Flohr - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating It’s a great museum to visit in the center of the city! Very well presented. You can discover the history of ceramics.
Ziya Tabassian - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating I enjoyed the second floor more than the first floor. The exhibits on the first floor was a bit all over the place. The exhibits in the middle of the room had all the items' description on the left hand side, so you'd be breaking your neck looking back and forth to see the item being described. Some displays are placed waaaay too low on the bottom. The second floor was better organized, better lit, and more interesting (imo). Their website wouldn't let me buy a ticket (clicking on I agree to the terms wouldn't register), so had to go and buy it in person but at least I can get a Presto discount. The floors could've been cleaner and I saw the occasional fingerprints on the glass displays (this was during a working day so not much foot traffic). All that said, it was fun and informative to take in the historical tidbits about Chinese/Japanese/European ceramics/porcelains. You can easily spend above 2 hours if you take your time reading.
Prince Kabab - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating Wonderful museum with a variety of exhibits. Excellent explanation of the works in all areas. We spent 2 hours and could easily spent two more enjoying this facility. Please don't skip the basement level as the pictures I included are of an absolutely beautiful piece worth taking some time to examine closely.
Dee - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is really a fascinating place to visit specially if you appreciate ceramics and pottery. The collections is a wide array of items from eastern to western cultures. A must try for every Torontonian and tourist.
Bernie N - 2 months ago

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