Archaeologists examine ancient pottery to identify a culture's preferred cooking methods and to determine which of its members was the World's Greatest Dad. View timeless memories with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $6 for admission for one (up to a $12 value)
- $11 for admission for two (up to a $24 value)
- $20 for admission for four (up to a $48 value)
- $75 a contributing membership (a $150 value)
Children receive free admission. Contributing membership benefits include one year of unlimited free admission, invitation to museum events, and discounts on clay classes.
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.