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)

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 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


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Rated 4.2 out of 5

2 Star Rating They offer very good courses in the history of ceramics but undercut their scientific credibility with a new-age spirituality preface.

Percy Toop - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating Lovely Space for drop-in classes. This area is a little challenging for parking, if you can, I would avoid bringing a car - totally manageable, still.

Santiago Vega - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Love going to this place for drop-in clay classes! They offer both hand-building and wheel throwing options, though the latter is more popular so you have to get there early to get seats! The museum is great too, although I wish they had more frequent special exhibits

Julianna Yang - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating I stopped in here on a whim while I was visiting Toronto. It's a cool little museum dedicated to the ceramic arts ranging from ancient indigenous American pottery to the modern. Unfortunately, they did not have a special exhibit going on while I was there, but there was plenty of things to see in permanent exhibits. Definitely worth checking out if you have a few hours to spare.

Richard Dayton - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating It's an open secret that the Gardiner is a great alternative to the ROM, especially if you're into ceramics, or not into crowds. Right across from the ROM, it's a smaller, more focused museum that offers great exhibits year round. Top floor is a rotating exhibit, 2nd floor is European/Asian and 1st floor is ancient/contemporary. Saw their 10 different new age Christmas trees last week for the first time which was cute. Definitely worth a visit for locals and tourists alike!

Morgan F - 6 months ago


The curator of the Gardiner Museum introduces some modern works of art from four young Canadian artists

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