This summer, the Gardiner Museum is breaking down barriers and moving beyond traditional museum spaces to increase access and meet our communities where you feel safe. Join us now for pop-up window exhibitions, outdoor dining, and public art projects, followed by family clay activities, wellness workshops, performances, and more.
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!
On Thursday June 24 at 1 pm, Chief Curator and Deputy Director Sequoia Miller will be live online with artist Kahlil Robert Irving. Kahlil has received critical acclaim for his gritty ceramics and internet collages that examine contemporary life. Register for free 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!
With the Museum closed temporarily, we need your support to continue to offer innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects online, as well as plan for the future. Please consider making a donation to help us build community with clay.
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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