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. We look forward to welcoming you!
Enter a world at once familiar and uncanny. The exhibition hall has been transformed into an immersive reimagining of Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo's home. Brought to life by over 500 miniature polymer clay figures, this is no ordinary house. The figures tell stories that reflect our most urgent social issues, from the pandemic and climate crisis to food insecurity and housing instability. Get tickets!
A new season of clay classes is open for registration! Sign up for stoneware, hand building, wheel throwing, and special exhibition courses. Winter is the perfect time to stay warm in the studio and learn a new skill. Register now!
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
Limited time offer! Purchase or renew a Gardiner Friendship before January 1, 2023 and receive a free Get Acquainted pass (valued at $30) to gift to the art lover of your choice. Become a Gardiner Friend today!
Our school programs, designed by professional educators, engage with the Ontario Curriculum in fun and creative ways using clay. All school workshops are led by experienced artist-educators who specialize in ceramics. Schools can choose between a tour, a hands-on activity, or a combination of both. See the list of program themes below.
Tour only: $6 per student
Clay activity only: $12 per student
Half-Day Program (Tour and Activity): $15 per student
Firing Fee: $3 per student
We require a two-week minimum notice to book a school workshop. In the booking form, please provide as much detail as possible, including whether you wish to have your works fired.
Payment is due on the date of the visit. Schools paying by Purchase Order are recommended bring a copy of the PO on the day of the visit.
A $5 processing fee is charged for all bookings.
Myths and Symbols
Discover the Gardiner’s collection of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, which features a variety of real and mythological creatures. Students will learn about the symbolic meaning behind these creatures and consider the symbols we all encounter in our daily lives. Using this imagery as inspiration, students will then make their own creatures and discuss what these creatures symbolize to them.
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, History, Social Studies
Animals and Habitats
Students will discover the many representations of animals in the Gardiner Collection, from Ancient Americas to contemporary ceramics. We’ll discuss how different animals have cohabitated with humans and how artists have represented them in pottery across time and geographies. For their hands-on activity, students will create their own pinch-pot animals.
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Geography
This program begins by engaging students in a close-looking exercise of the Gardiner’s collection of contemporary ceramics, which features Canadian and international artists. Students will discuss how contemporary artists have used the ceramic medium in novel ways and critically analyze selected works. The class will then create their own works in clay inspired by the contemporary collection.
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Canadian and World Studies
Students will begin by exploring the Gardiner’s world-renowned Ancient Americas collection, learning about the diversity of cultures by region. This is followed by a hands-on workshop in which students create objects influenced by their own social and cultural experiences and inspired by the visuals they encounter in the galleries.
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts, History, Geography, Social Studies
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