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
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.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
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!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets 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.
Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
$25 Gardiner Friends / $30 General
Maker Break invites local makers, artists, chefs, and brewers to lead an intimate, open-dialogue forum on ceramics and its ties to social cultures. Focusing on ceramics’ historical connection to sustenance, this unique experience will offer new perspectives on the Museum’s permanent collection alongside curated drink and light fare.
September 29 | Henderson Brewing
November 3 | Secret Teatime
November 24 | Tokyo Smoke
Henderson Brewing Co. is an independent neighbourhood brewery in downtown Toronto. Since the summer, Henderson and the Gardiner have been collaborating on a special brew inspired by chicha, one of the earliest beers rooted in the Ancient Americas. Fermented in special vessels made by local ceramic artist Keenan O’Toole, beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample this exclusive small batch, as well as a variety of other beers. Access to the Gardiner’s Ancient Americas collection and hear Henderson co-founder Steve Himel discuss this ale of the ancients and local microbrewing with Gardiner Adjunct Curator of Ancient Americas Siobhan Boyd.
Please note: This is a 19+ event.
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