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Gardiner Museum

Custom Programs

Custom Programs

Available for education groups of all levels


If you have a special project or theme in mind (based on our collections), please contact us and together we can design a specialized visit.

Discover our collections:

Ancient Americas
The culture and art of the ancient peoples of Mexico, Central and South America.

Italian Renaissance Maiolica
This 15th- and 16th-century earthenware represents classical mythology, perspective, family life and other themes.

English Delftware
17th- and 18th-century earthenware. Themes include early medicine, family life, history of the monarchy, the Great Fire of London, and the plague years.

Chinese Porcelain
The history of porcelain as it developed in Asia and its remarkable influence on the West.

Japanese Porcelain
Porcelain was first made in Japan in the 17th century, following the discovery of deposits of kaolin (china clay). Three styles of porcelain were produced: blue and white, brilliant white, and multicoloured.

European Porcelain

The European response to the importation of Asian porcelain. Early scientific experiments, alchemy, the Enlightenment, centralism, baroque, and rococo. Collections include work from Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. 

Scent Bottles
A wonderful collection of tiny 18th-century scent receptacles, which leads to a discussion of their themes, owners, makers and collectors.

English Porcelain
Work from 18th-century England and the continent. Themes include the influence of France and French style, the importance of nature and its influence on embellishment.

Commedia dell’Arte
Character figures from the popular 16th-century Italian theatrical productions featuring Harlequin, Columbine, and Pierrot to name a few. This collection represents themes of theatre, dining, politics and dance.

If you would like us to develop a program based on any one of these collections, please call 416.408.5064.

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