There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
Reserve your table at CLAY Restaurant for January 31 - February 13 and enjoy a delicious $33 prix fixe menu featuring fresh, local fare. Choose from mushroom toast with burnt honey, Fogo Island cod fish and chips, our famous lamb burger, and more delectable dishes created by Chef Bianca Azupardo and her team.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
Since opening in 1984, The Gardiner Museum’s collection has continued to grow and flourish, mostly thanks to the generous donations of ceramics from collectors from around the globe. If you think you may have a piece or a collection that may be of interest to us, please refer to our Guide to Donations for frequently asked questions and submit the form below.
Please note: Museum staff are not able to offer object identifications, financial appraisals or valuations of objects to the general public. This policy is in accordance with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Code of Ethics for Museums. Please contact The Art Dealers Association of Canada or the Canadian Antique Dealers Association for assistance with your appraisal needs.
Collection Donation Form
The Gardiner Museum is happy to consider proposed donations of ceramic objects for its collection. We will also accept related books and non-ceramic materials. To find out if your objects are suitable for our collection, please complete and submit the form below. We will review your offer as quickly as we can, but please be advised it may take several weeks to receive a response. To learn more about the donation process and your options for donation, please consult the Guide to Donations.
Please do not send or drop off the materials you wish to donate until you have heard from a museum representative.
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