In accordance with the announcement by the provincial government, the Gardiner Museum has closed temporarily, effective Monday November 23. While this news is difficult, the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the wider community remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide you with engaging digital content to keep us connected while the galleries are closed.
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!
In accordance with instructions from the provincial government, the Museum closed to the public on Monday November 28 and we have cancelled all clay classes. We regret the inconvenience this may cause, but are hopeful that these actions will help maintain the health and safety of our communities. We will automatically be crediting students with a refund for remaining sessions.
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.
An update from Executive Director & CEO Kelvin Browne and Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the Gardiner’s ongoing equity and anti-racism work.
As we continue to refine our health and safety protocols for staff and visitors, and adjust to reduced weekday admissions, the Gardiner will be adopting new hours to coincide with the periods of highest demand. We will continue to offer free weekend admission into the fall.
This moment of temporary retreat into the private sphere offers us the chance to think about the relationship between the inside and the outside worlds, and the things we consider central to our ways of life. Ceramics from the past highlight the social function of domestic objects and exemplify the ways in which they contribute to identity.
In anticipation of Clay Date on August 25, we talked to featured artist Habiba El-Sayed about her early experiences with ceramics and how she sees raw clay as the perfect medium to express some of the complex emotions we’re all experiencing right now.
Discover the behind-the-scenes transformation of a damaged Chinese porcelain figure, donated to the Gardiner in 2015. Conservator Marlene Wilson’s photo diary takes you through the entire restoration process.
A message from Executive Director & CEO Kelvin Browne on the actions the Gardiner will take toward becoming a more equitable and anti-racist institution.
A message from Chief Curator Sequoia Miller on the colonial roots of the collection and the Gardiner’s commitment to bringing greater representation to the Museum.
Like many of you, we have been closely following the developments of COVID-19. The safety of our visitors, campers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority.
Upon the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, the Gardiner Museum will close temporarily effective Saturday March 14, 2020. Dr. Williams has ordered the immediate suspension of all gatherings over 250 people because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For many of us, all it takes is a trip to the grocery store to access fruits and vegetables from around the world, but before the advent of refrigeration and faster transportation, creative solutions were required to achieve the flavours of out-of-season and tropical produce.
In a digital age dominated by distractions, practicing mindfulness with clay can be an effective way to find calm and presence.
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