The Gardiner Museum is open seven days a week. Explore our permanent collection, discover special exhibitions, get hands-on with clay in our studios, dine, shop, and more.
Enter an immersive world created by Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo, brought to life by over 500 miniature polymer clay figures that tell stories about our most urgent social issues, from the pandemic to the climate crisis. It will delight visitors of all ages!
Registration for our popular March Break camps opens to Gardiner Friends on January 23 and to the general public on January 25. From March 13 - 17, kids and teens can explore the Museum and get creative with clay in our pottery studios!
Experience the Gardiner's world-renowned collection, in person and online. From Chinese porcelain to contemporary Canadian ceramics, discover the people and histories behind the objects.
Everyone can love clay! Become a Gardiner Friend and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, advanced clay class registration, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and classes, and more.
December is our favourite month at the Gardiner Museum and the perfect time for a visit with friends and family. And this year, more than ever, the museum offers a safe space to reconnect and share in some holiday cheer. So we’ve compiled a list of our Museum must-dos.
See the special exhibition
Take a trip to Italy this holiday season without leaving the city! Visitors are raving about our special exhibition Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads, a sensory world of more than 110 objects, including Chinese porcelain, Islamic metalware, Venetian ceramics and glass, and contemporary art.
At the forefront is the story of Venice’s maiolica industry as it developed throughout the 1500s and the role of ceramics in encapsulating cultural exchanges and intersections.
Objects from the Gardiner’s world-renowned collection are on display alongside loans from The Met, V&A, Corning Museum of Glass, AGO, ROM, Bata Shoe Museum, Textile Museum of Canada, and more—all brought together in one sumptuous exhibition. It’s a truly unmissable art experience.
Discover what’s new in the galleries
Explore our permanent collection galleries to discover new works and revisit beloved favourites. Our Modern and Contemporary Gallery was recently reinstalled with objects representing a diversity of cultures and geographies, including recent acquisitions like the Harmsen Collection of African village pottery and work by Indigenous artist Nadia Myre.
In the Joan Courtois Gallery, you’ll encounter Garniture Remix, an unexpected assemblage of objects from the permanent collection spanning three floors of the Museum’s soaring staircase. The installation brings together works from all areas of the collection, unified by colour and design. A 17th-century Ming dynasty vase mingles with a series of vessels by Edmund de Waal, and a Meissen jar looks at home alongside works by contemporary Canadian artist Grey Payce. It’s also spectacular backdrop for that perfect holiday photo.
Join in some festive clay fun
After taking in the collection and special exhibition, it’s time to get hands-on! Our lobby clay table is open every day from 11 am – 3 pm, with special family activities on Sundays. Pull up a chair and mould your wish or hope for the season out of clay and display it for your fellow visitors to enjoy. As more clay creations begin to populate our lobby, our community installation will take shape. A visit to the Museum isn’t complete without getting your hands into some clay.
Enjoy lunch at Clay Restaurant
Turn your museum visit into an unforgettable holiday outing with lunch at Clay Restaurant. Reflect on your experience in the galleries and reconnect with friends and family in the light-filled Terrace Room overlooking Queen’s Park. Chef Bianca Azupardo’s seasonal menu features new dishes like pain perdu with challah bread and berry compote, and charred aubergine with squash and garlic tahini, as well as classics like the Clay burger and Fogo Island fish and chips.
Find the perfect gift in the Shop
No visit to the museum is complete without a trip to the Gardiner Shop. Treat yourself or find the perfect gift for the art lover on your list. Browse our curated selection of ceramics, jewellery, glass, books, textiles, and gifts for the home made by top local artists. Plus, Gardiner Friends get 20% off on all Shop purchases throughout December!
From exhibitions and clay making to dining and shopping, a visit to the Gardiner is your perfect holiday plan. Visit gardinermuseum.com to book your visit today!
111 Queen's Park
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