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 for the Santa Claus Parade Brunch. Enjoy a delicious buffet with one of the best views of the parade in the city. Space is limited so book your spot early!
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
Join us on November 21 for the opening of the International Ceramic Art Fair and be the first to see and purchase exceptional ceramics by women-identified artists. Proceeds from the event support the Gardiner's clay education and outreach programs. Buy your ticket 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!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
Did you know that a visit to a museum can boost your levels of serotonin, aka the “happiness hormone?” Toronto is full of museums and art galleries that can provide an instant dose of art and enjoyment. To get the most out of your next visit to the Gardiner, we’ve compiled a list of objects and experiences you don’t want to miss while you’re here.
Discover fascinating objects in the galleries
Spread over two floors, our permanent collection galleries house over 2,000 ceramic objects that date from 3500 B.C. to the present. Uncover the fascinating stories behind our world-renowned collection, and marvel at all the different forms and functions clay has taken on throughout history.
Highlight: The new Rosalie Wise Sharp Gallery, where you can discover a wide range of historical and contemporary objects from our collections storage displayed side by side.
Deepen your knowledge with a docent-led tour
Delve deeper into the rich (and often surprising) histories behind the objects in our collection with a tour led by one of our docents. Docent-led tours are included with admission and take place daily at 2 pm. Our knowledgeable docents’ passion for ceramics is infectious and you’re sure to come away with a new appreciation for this age-old art form.
Explore our award-winning building
The beautiful light and angles throughout the Museum are a photographer’s dream. The Gardiner re-opened its doors in 2006 after a massive expansion in 2004 led by architecture firm KPMB, and is often cited as one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Take a self-guided tour of our beautiful exterior and interior, and share you photos with us by using the hashtag #GardinerMuseum!
Enjoy innovative local fare at CLAY
Inspired by our collection of ceramics, the design of CLAY alone makes it worth a visit. Feast on chef Bianca Azupardo’s seasonal menu and bask in the light of our floor-to-ceiling windows, or dine out on the patio to enjoy some of the city’s best views.
Highlight: Try their renowned CLAY burger, or treat yourself to an afternoon mimosa with your choice of freshly pressed orange or grapefruit juice. Make a reservation
Get hands-on in the pottery studio
Unplug, unwind, and exercise your creative muscles by signing up for a drop-in clay class! Choose from wheel throwing or hand building, and experiment with your choice of over 100 glazes. Our Drop In Clay Classes are held in our professional pottery studios, and there’s always a potter on hand to help bring out your inner artist. Clay amateurs and pottery professionals of all ages are welcome! Just be sure to register right at 10 am—our drop ins are notorious for selling out.
Shop the latest in Canadian craft
End your visit to the Museum with a visit to the renowned Gardiner Shop! Explore our wide selection of hand-crafted ceramics, jewellery, and textiles by local emerging and established artists.
Plan your visit to the Gardiner today! We’re open late on Wednesday nights, with half-price admission from 4 – 9 pm, and admission is always free for youth 18 and under.
Images:  Left: Gustavo Perez (Mexican, born 1950), Vase, 2012. Stoneware. The Diana Reitberger Collection. Right: Fujino Sachiko (Japanese, born 1950), Untitled, 2016. Stoneware with white, yellow, and grey matte glaze. The Diana Reitberger Collection  The Monkey Orchestra (detail), Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, c.1753-1775. Hard-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels, gilding. Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.675.1-.18  Flatbread from CLAY Restaurant  Drop-in clay class at the Gardiner Museum  Mugs by Michelle Mendlowitz
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