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 4.3 out of 5

5 Star Rating Welcome To The Gardiner Museum Out In Toronto, Ontario Canada! The Gardiner Museum is one that I Never visited when I was growing up in Toronto, however, I heard about it, but just Never got around to checking it out. This museum represents Fantastic Ceramic Artistry and has three (3) main floors to browse around. The Lower Floor has their Ann Mortimer Clay Studio, Helen McMinn Clay Studio, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Clay Studio and Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library and Archives. The Fun actually starts from the Ground Floor where they have their Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, Ancient Americas, Italian Renaissance Maiolica and English Delftware. The Second Floor contains their European Porcelain Galleries, Japanese Porcelain and Its' Influence and Chinese Porcelain. The Third Floor contains their George R. Gardiner Special Exhibition Gallery and when I was there they had the "Steven Heinemann" exhibit showing his Fantastic Collection. I want to personally Thank the Staff Members for putting on a Very Nice Ceramic Presentation And Display throughout the Gardiner Museum that I finally visited back on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Visitor Executive, Volunteer Writer For Google And Tripadvisor Websites /HPS

HOWARD SHORE - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating This review is for the shop. Perfect service, very friendly staff who go out of the way to help me choose my favourite piece. they also wrapped up my purchase very well when i told them i was taking back home on a plane. thank you!

may c - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Canada's National ceramics museum. Three floors of very interesting and beautiful ceramics and porcelain that's not just plates and cups!

Christine Custodio - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Best 15$ spent on a museum. The tremendous amount of porcelain and ceramic collections, and all the knowledge shared makes this visit appealling for both ignorants and experts on pottery.

Ariane Caron-Lacoste - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Nice small museum located not far from the ROM. Went on a friday after 4pm and admission is 50% off 4-9 pm on fridays which is a bonus. Although small it takes time as lots of beautiful things to look at and read about. Was not crowed and was able to take our time at a relaxed pace.

coco gen - 4 months ago


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

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