The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
Executive Chef Bianca Azupardo presents inspired seasonal menus that showcase locally-sourced ingredients, complemented by stunning views of the city.
You're invited on a journey from the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our time to the dining rooms of connoisseurs who relished their meals served on newly-invented vessels. Be transported back to the 18th century through stunning objects, decadent recipes, amusing stories, and theatrical sets. Plan your visit to Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment now!
On December 10, award-winning Cree journalist Connie Walker moderates a panel featuring exhibiting artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Kali Spitzer, as well as Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Health Association. The conversation will centre on the role of visual art in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, queer, and trans community members. Get tickets now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
With an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind ceramics, textiles, and jewellery, a visit to the Gardiner Shop is the perfect way to get into the giving spirit and support local artists. Our Shop Manager, Adeline, has rounded up a selection of unique gifts sure to please the art lover on your holiday list.
We’re bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Gardiner! From a Museum tour inspired by the unique gifts in our collection to family-friendly crafting, a visit to the Gardiner is sure to inspire some holiday cheer.
From knitted chicken wings to chairs inspired by fast food, Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment is a playful exploration of dining in the 18th century and its lasting influence on today’s food trends. Here, Opera Atelier’s resident set designer Gerard Gauci tells us about designing this delectable exhibition and walks us through some of his favourite scenes.
Who says ceramics can’t be spooky? From an ancient god wearing the skin of his victim to a porcelain goblin, these objects from our galleries are sure to serve up a scare.
A taste of Curator Emerita Meredith Chilton’s new book, The King’s Peas: Delectable Recipes and Their Stories from the Age of Enlightenment.
We chatted with Indigenous chef Jennifer Dewasha about equality in the kitchen, the importance of food and community, and what she’ll be cooking up for The Enlightened Feast on October 18.
A chat with Gardiner Shop artist Daumante Stirbyte about her familiar yet uncomfortable ceramic sculptures that mimic creatures in a natural history museum.
We chat with artists Michelle Mendlowitz and Robin Tieu about their collaborative Gardiner Shop exhibition, Causality, a fascinating exploration of impact using clay.
Originally made for export to the Netherlands in the 1630s, this extraodinary lacquerware chest mysteriously disappeared in the 19th century.
Artist and writer janet romero-leiva reflects on The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project, a Community Arts Space exhibition that brings attention to the ongoing migrant crisis and the decline of the monarch butterfly.
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