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!
Please note: Visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors who buy advance tickets online are not guaranteed front-of-the-line entry and will need to be checked in at the Front Desk. Visitors will continue to be admitted and have the opportunity to participate after the 500 boxes have been distributed.
Visitors are invited to commemorate the closing of YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED by participating in a new work created especially for the Gardiner. Yoko Ono’s CLEANING PIECE FOR GARDINER is a set of instructions that offers visitors the opportunity to take home parts of Line Piece and Mend Piece in small white boxes that will be provided by the Museum to the first 500 visitors (after which visitors will still be admitted into the exhibition and able to participate). They will also be given colourful materials to decorate the boxes, bringing vibrancy to the all-white space.
Since February, thousands of visitors have added to THE RIVERBED, using broken ceramic shards, tape, glue, string, nails, and other materials to leave their mark on the installation. CLEANING PIECE FOR GARDINER is a communal gesture that allows this creative energy to be preserved and shared beyond the exhibition’s run. For the first time, visitors will also be permitted to take photos in the space to document their experiences.
Join us in bringing Yoko Ono’s instructions to life and sharing the process with a global online audience.
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