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: No

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

4 Star Rating A peaceful little gem. Always worth a visit and a sweet shop and cafe too.

Mary Jane Braide - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing ceramics collection! Classes and drop-in times are offered here with highly qualified teachers for people who want to try. Beautiful gift-shop and excellent lecturers.

Cassandra Griffin - 5 days 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 - 30 days ago

5 Star Rating I always feel so invigorated and inspired when I leave the Gardiner Museum. The museum has items on three floors, ranging from a wonderful collection of Central/South American pieces to 20th century modern pieces. The restaurant food is yummy, a bit pricey but the food is delicious. Best tip: The drop in classes on Friday and Saturday are both really popular, see their site for details. The sign up system should be going online by end of 2016, I heard (not a moment too soon!) But a great deal to see if you want to see if you're interested before signing up for an actual session. My son and I feel in love with potting with the wheel - so much fun.

Charlotte Elder - 2 months ago


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

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