The Gardiner Museum is closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check our homepage for a rotating selection of online resources and digital art experiences that you can enjoy at home. Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media for your daily ceramics fix.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
We're posting family-friendly art activities inspired by our collection and the endless possibilities of clay. Visit our Family Day page for weekly crafts, colouring pages, and more fun art projects that you can enjoy at home.
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!
We’re closed until further notice, but we’re planning for the day when we can again welcome visitors. We encourage you to make a gift to the Gardiner. This will be vital for when we reopen, and is the optimistic message we all need.
We’re here to help teachers and parents engage with art and culture, and tap into kids’ creativity during this unprecedented time.
On this page you’ll find regularly updated resources and activities inspired by the Gardiner’s renowned collection of ceramics from around the world, and organized according to the themes that we normally offer as on-site field trips.
For more weekly art activities, visit our Family Days page.
Virtual Field Trips
Grade level: K – 3
Embark on a visual safari where you’ll encounter a wide range of animal figures from the collection, including a larger-than-life 18th-century soup container in the shape of a rabbit and a 1500-year-old Jaguar sculpture from Costa Rica.
Watch the videos:
Want to make your own mouse? Try using one of our recipes for homemade clay.
Match the Animal to its Environment
Animal Safari Word Search
Colour the Collection – Lying Down Cow by Joe Fafard
Grade Level: 4-6
The Gardiner is home to an important collection of pottery made by the early societies of the Ancient Americas. Learn about the distinct cultures that flourished from western Mexico to southern Peru, and discover what their ceramics reveal and their history, beliefs, and gastronomy.
Our Ancient Americas Learning Guide contains information about three of the 47 cultures represented in our Ancient Americas Gallery: the Aztec, Inca, and Maya. It also features an introduction to archaeology from a practicing archaeologist.
Ancient Americas Learning Guide
Colour the Collection – Owl Effigy Bottle
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The Gardiner Museum is temporarily closed.