The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. Please read our new health and safety policies before you 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 firing up the kilns again! Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
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. Starting after Labour Day, we will be closed from Monday – Wednesday (excluding holiday Mondays) and free on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays throughout the summer and fall.
On September 5, 6, and 7, we’re offering free admission and outdoor family art activities. Join us for clay making and chalk drawing from 11 am – 3 pm, and take home a free kids art kit (while they last!) complete with clay, sculpting tools, and colouring sheets featuring beloved objects from the collection.
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)
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. 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’s rooftop terraces and indoor dining room are now open. Please note their new hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am -4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Make a reservation
Are clay classes running?
Clay classes, including drop in workshops, will resume in the fall with a reduced schedule and smaller class sizes to allow for proper physical distancing in our studios.
As a thank you for your ongoing support, we’re excited to announce that Gardiner Friends* will now get front-of-the-line access to sessional classes. Not a Gardiner Friend yet? Join now to enjoy priority enrollment and secure one of our limited studio spots.
Are you holding Family Days?
Yes. Join us for family clay activities on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm, taking place on our outdoor plaza, weather permitting. All tools, tables, and stools are sterilized after each use.
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.
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 November 8, 2020.
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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