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.
The Gardiner Museum houses many interesting and unique treasures but none more valuable than its volunteers.
The Gardiner Museum is proud to be supported by the Gardiner Volunteer Committee (GVC) with volunteers taking on roles as Archivists, Docents, Family Day Ambassadors, Front Desk Volunteers, Librarians, Information Ambassadors, and Shop Volunteers. For more information on each of these seven volunteer roles please continue reading.
There are many benefits to volunteering at the Gardiner Museum including:
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Click here to access the application form. Please note, at this time we are not accepting volunteers who are younger than 18.
Archives Volunteers help to preserve the history of the Gardiner Museum and the Gardiner Volunteer Committee. Prior archival training is required for this role. At this time, Archives Volunteers typically work shifts together on Wednesdays from 10 am – 1 pm, and we ask for a commitment of a minimum of one year.
Gardiner Museum Docents are responsible for leading daily guided tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as privately booked tours as requested. Intakes for docent training occur less frequently as the training is more extensive and takes roughly six months to complete. Volunteers interested in taking on the docent role should be prepared to commit to a minimum of two years after training. We encourage Gardiner Museum Volunteers in other volunteer roles to apply for docent training (when it is offered) if they are interested in transitioning to a docent position. We are currently planning to offer our next docent training program in late spring/early summer 2019.
Family Day Volunteers facilitate our weekly family-oriented workshops that are included in admission every Sunday. Volunteer duties include assisting staff in leading clay-based activities for children, helping families complete scavenger hunts, and more! Volunteers interested in volunteering for Family Days should be willing to commit to a minimum of two Sundays a month for six months, and have an interest in working with children.
Front Desk Volunteers welcome visitors, process admissions and memberships using a point of sale (POS) system, and provide general information to visitors both in person and over the phone. Prior POS experience is an asset but is not required for this position. We ask Front Desk Volunteers to commit to two four-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year.
Library Volunteers work in the Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library located in the basement of the Gardiner Museum, which houses over 2,500 volumes. Prior experience working in a library is an asset. Please note: We are not currently accepting any new volunteers for the Library Committee.
Meet & Greet
Meet & Greet Volunteers act as information ambassadors for the Museum. They provide visitors with information including tour times, hours, accessibility information, and details about the Museum’s collections and history. This is a great starter role for anyone who is interested in taking part in the docent training program at a later date. We ask Meet & Greet Volunteers to commit to two four-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year.
Shop Volunteers provide customers with information about Gardiner Shop artists and pieces, process sales and memberships using a point of sale (POS) system, and assist staff with inventory. Prior POS and retail experience is an asset but is not required for this position. We ask Shop Volunteers to commit to two four-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year.
We also offer additional volunteer opportunities only available to volunteers active in one of the above seven committees. Participation in these “mini-committees” is entirely voluntary and is not a requirement of volunteering at the Gardiner Museum; however many volunteers find these experiences rewarding and enjoyable.
Thank you for considering volunteering at the Gardiner Museum.
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