We've reopened with modified summer hours and free admission on weekends! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Please read our new health and safety policies before your visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're excited to introduce Clay Date, a new online art fundraiser in support of the Gardiner Museum and inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Presented by the Young Patron Circle's SMASH Committee, Clay Date will virtually unite a community of art enthusiasts and cultural philanthropists for an evening with artist Habiba El-Sayed.
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!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. We have implemented new practices and policies to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:
Will your hours change when you reopen?
Yes. We will be closed on Mondays and free on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 9 pm (Free admission from 4 – 9 pm)
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm (Free admission)
Holiday Mondays: 10 am – 5 pm
Are there timed entry tickets?
No. The Gardiner will continue to offer general admission tickets online and on site without specific timed entry. However, the number of people allowed in the Museum and individual galleries will be limited to allow for social distancing. We will make every effort to reduce line ups and communicate any delays through social media.
Are there any changes to the galleries and public spaces?
Yes. You will notice increased signage outlining health and safety instructions, as well as hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum. The number of people in the galleries will be limited. Capacities will be clearly posted and our staff will help direct the flow of traffic.
Our basement and second-floor washrooms will be closed. Visitors will be asked to use our third-floor washrooms, which are individual stalls with doors. This will allow for better social distancing and sanitation.
The Gardiner Shop will be accessible from 10 am – 5 pm by appointment only Tuesday and Wednesday, and without an appointment Thursday – Sunday. Capacity will be limited to two (2) visitors at all times to maintain social distancing.
To make an appointment, please call 416.408.5066 or email email@example.com. Please provide 24 hours’ notice.
Shop staff will be sanitizing high touch objects, such as jewellery and PIN pads, after each use. Disposable gloves and masks will be available to all shoppers.
The basement will be closed.
Will Clay Restaurant be open?
Clay Restaurant’s rooftop terraces are now open. Please note their new hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Make a reservation
Will there be clay classes or camps?
No. Our clay classes and camps have been cancelled through August. All refunds have been automatically issued. We’re working on ways to safely open our studios, and will communicate updates when they become available. In the meantime, we’re offering family clay activities on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm, taking place on our outdoor plaza. All tools, tables, and stools are sterilized after each use.
Are you still offering tours?
No. Our daily docent tours and group tours are currently on hold to avoid crowding in the galleries.
Will the elevators be operating?
Yes. Occupancy will be limited to one person or household at a time.
Has the special exhibition been extended?
Yes. The special exhibition RAW opened a week before we closed our doors temporarily. It has been extended until at least October 2020.
How will the Gardiner maintain proper health and safety measures?
Only necessary visitor service staff will be inside the galleries. They will be following all health and safety procedures, including wearing masks and gloves, and staying two (2) metres apart. Any staff feeling ill will be asked to stay home.
We have increased our cleaning schedule and disinfecting protocols, with particular attention to high touch and high traffic areas including elevators, doors, handrails, and bathrooms.
Hand sanitizing stations have been installed on every floor of the Museum.
Will the expiry date of my Gardiner Friendship change as a result of the closure?
To ensure that you’re able to enjoy a full year of admission, your Gardiner Friendship has been extended. Please note that we will not be distributing membership cards with the new expiry date, but this change has been made in our database and will be honoured by our staff. If you have any questions about your expiry date, please contact our Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 416.408.5076.
Will the Gardiner continue to post online content?
Yes. We encourage you to follow us on social media and to check gardinermuseum.com regularly for artist videos, digital programs, at-home art activities, and more.
Header image: One of a Pair of Pug Dogs from the Royal Palace at Warsaw, Germany, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, 1741-1745, Hard-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels, gilding, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.668.1-2; Figure of dancer with ‘pastillaje’ headdress, Mexico, Veracruz, 600-900, Earthenware with red on cream slip, asphalt paint, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.69
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7