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

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 4.3 out of 5Gardiner Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating The museum was very interesting, it had many interesting sculptures in it. It also had lots of different pieces of ceramics in it, Don't let the size of the building its located in fool you on how packed it is. The only reason I gave it a four star insted of a five is because I felt that the price of adult admission was a bit to expensive. Admission for people aged 18 and under was for free, which was nice though.

The Prince of Acre - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating A truly unique museum where you can learn about the history of ceramics. Not sure how well known the upstairs restaurant is but food looks amazing. You can also book a wedding here. A nice quiet place to go if you are in the area and have about an hour to spare. Cute gift shop in front! P.s. can you please "like" this so I can become a level 7 local guide?

Sara Fung - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Makes ceramics interesting even if you don’t know much about the subject. The contemporary section is intellectually challenging in a good way. Pre-Colombian ceramics are incredibly moving. The rest is, if less surprising, first class quality.

Jean-Paul Audouy - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Lovely little museum focused entirely on ceramics. The collection the beautiful. I especially loved the Japanese porcelain exhibit.

Emily G - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating I have been meaning to check this museum out for awhile. We were only there for a couple of hours but it was a fascinating experience. From the central and mesoamerica pottery on the first floor to the detailed history and evolution of European porcelain on the second floor. I may return to try out some of the hands on workshops another time as well.

Philip Edmondson - 4 months ago


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

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