Choose From Three Options
- C$7.50 for one general admission pass (C$15 value)
- C$15 for two general admission passes (C$30 value)
- C$28 for four general admission passes (C$60 value)
Children under 12 receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Current exhibitions include A Tribute to George and Helen Gardiner & the Joy of Collecting, a 30th anniversary celebration of the museum’s founders, as well as Clare Twomey: Piece by Piece, an installation by the internationally renowned artist about making and collecting art. Though both of these exhibitions end January 11, they’re to be followed by Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, which opens February 5.
When Toronto businessman and philanthropist George R. Gardiner began collecting ceramics in 1976, he was only interested in decorating his home. But soon his passion for pottery and porcelain grew as well as his collection and he co-founded the Gardiner Museum in 1984 with his wife, Helen. Today, the museum's collection has ballooned to include more than 4,000 pieces, encompassing everything from Japanese sake pots and Italian Renaissance maiolica plates, to Canadian contemporary ceramic sculptures.
Objects from the core collection share space in the museum with special exhibitions. The museum supplements its showings with lectures, special workshops, and clay classes for children and adults. Visitors can take home a souvenir from the Gardiner Shop, which sells Canadian ceramics as well as international jewelry, scarves, and glasswork, or stop-by for a lovely lunch at the third floor Terrace Room with stunning views overlooking the city, catered by à la Carte Kitchen Inc.