Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum is a popular attraction in Toronto, Canada and the only museum in the country dedicated expressly to ceramic art. The museum was opened in 1984 and the building itself remains one of the best examples of modernist architecture in the whole city. The vast collection of over 3,000 individual works of ceramic art began with a generous personal donation of artifacts from George and Helen Gardiner, and was designed by an architect named Keith Wagland. Since first being constructed, the Gardiner Museum has undergone over $20 million in renovations, and is a fantastic place to spend a morning or afternoon exploring the world’s ceramic treasures.

The Gardiner Museum exhibitions include the best of this genre from the Ancient Americas, Asia, Europe, and there is a Contemporary Collection, and always rotating exhibits to complement the permanent displays. Gardiner Museum Toronto admission is free for kids 12 and under and a modest fee for adults. School field trips are hugely popular at the Gardiner and groups of ten people or more can receive discounted admission and special options for guided tours.

The Gardiner Museum exhibitions celebrate and preserve one of the world’s oldest art forms: ceramics. The techniques involved with firing clay to make pottery date back thousands of years. Various cultures that refined these techniques relied heavily on the practical value of the items and the artistic side of the process began to take shape along the way, especially in the Far East. Gardiner Museum Toronto admission takes you into a world where you can see how cultures that span the globe weaved the practice of making ceramics into not only their daily lives in a functional sense, but also their artistic lives. The Gardiner Museum exhibition display just how important a role ceramics played in the development of civil society across the continents.

There are a lot of things to do at this popular attraction in Toronto. It is located right across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum on Queen’s Park. This is a popular area of Toronto where you will also find plenty of suitable accommodations, a range of wonderful restaurants, and all kinds of shopping and other forms of entertainment. The museum scene is just one of the engaging aspects of cultural life in the city of Toronto. There is also a restaurant and gift shop on the premises for those who want to buy lunch, a postcard, a replica of a favorite piece of pottery you saw, how-to books for home clay firing, and much more. The Gardiner Museum also hold a wide variety of functions from workshops on how to make poetry, to film screenings and lectures on related subjects.

Gardiner Museum Toronto admission is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There are also free, guided tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. If you are planning a trip to Toronto, making a visit to the Gardiner Museum is well worth the time.

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