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).
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
111 Queens Park
Our Rating Neighborhood East side of Avenue Road, south of Bloor, across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum Hours Mon–Thurs 10am–6pm, Fri 10am–9pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm Transportation Subway: Museum, exit on the east side Phone 416/586-8080 Prices $12 adults, $8 students (Tues free post-secondary students w/ID), $6 seniors, free children and members; half-price Fri 4–9pm; free every third Fri of month Web site Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Map111 Queens Park Toronto
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