We're delighted to announce that the Gardiner Museum will reopen to the public with two days of free admission on Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12. From July 13 onward, we'll resume our regular hours and admission rates. It seems we've been gone so long—we miss you and can't wait to welcome you back! Please read about our new health and safety protocols before your visit.
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 excited to present a new live series hosted by Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in which an artist will share three of their artworks and speak about them in connection to a larger theme. On Thursday July 9 at 1 pm, Azza El Siddique, a Sudanese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and film, will discuss three of her artworks in the context of the theme “Absence”. Registration is free!
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 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.
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.
Archaeology Crossword Puzzle
Maya Counting Game
Colour the Collection – Owl Effigy Bottle
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