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.
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. Starting after Labour Day, we will be closed from Monday – Wednesday (excluding holiday Mondays) and free on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays for the rest of the year.
Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm (Free admission)
Holiday Mondays: 10 am – 5 pm (Free admission)
The Gardiner’s free Community Building Weekends are made possible through funding from The Citrine Foundation of Canada, and additional support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the Gardiner Volunteer Committee.
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 is 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 is limited. Capacities are clearly posted and our staff will help direct the flow of traffic.
Our basement and second-floor washrooms are closed. Visitors are asked to use our third-floor washrooms, which are individual stalls with doors. This allows for better social distancing and sanitation.
The Gardiner Shop is accessible without an appointment during Museum hours, and by special appointment on Wednesdays. To make a Wednesday appointment, email Shop Manager Adeline La at email@example.com. Capacity will be limited to two (2) visitors at all times to maintain social distancing.
Shop staff are sanitizing high touch objects, such as jewellery and PIN pads, after each use. Disposable gloves and masks are available to all shoppers.
The basement is closed.
Is Clay Restaurant open?
Clay Restaurant is currently closed in accordance with new restrictions on indoor dining.
Are clay classes and Family Days running?
Sessional clay classes have resumed with reduced schedule and smaller class sizes (maximum 10 people) to allow for proper physical distancing in our studios.
As of Sunday November 15, Drop In Classes and Family Days are on hold. This is in response to the rising number of COVID cases in Toronto. While all of our classes and clay activities operate within government guidelines, we have made the decision to suspend Drop In Classes and Family Days for now in the interest of our communities. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Are you offering tours?
No. Our daily docent tours and group tours are currently on hold to avoid crowding in the galleries.
Are the elevators be operating?
Yes. Occupancy will be limited to one person or household at a time.
How will the Gardiner maintain proper health and safety measures?
Only necessary visitor service staff will be inside the galleries. They are following all health and safety procedures, including wearing masks and gloves, and staying two (2) metres apart. Any staff feeling ill are 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
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