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The Gardiner is the only museum in Canada dedicated to ceramic art, and perhaps because of that singular focus, it does its job impressively. Among the permanent 3,000-piece collection are works created over a span of 11,000 years, from ancient vessels to contemporary creations. Usually three special exhibits—bringing in even more ceramics—are presented each year in its third-floor exhibition hall. Another treat on the third floor: the excellent Gardiner Bistro by à la Carte Kitchen Inc. It's open for lunch, Friday dinners, and weekend brunches. For those who prefer to make rather than just look, there are drop-in clay classes with a professional potter, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 8pm and Sunday 1 to 3pm. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior ($15 adults, $12 students and seniors, plus a $5 firing fee per object). The first-floor gift shop offers a high-quality selection of ceramics, jewelry, and so forth. Museum staff provide erudite guided tours every day at 2pm (free with admission).