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!
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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