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.
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. Bring a friend (or two!) and take part in these festive activities on your next visit:
Add your touch to a holiday-inspired community installation
What are your hopes and dreams for the holiday season and the year ahead? Take part in a new festive tradition called Wish in Clay and connect with family and friends through hands-on art making. Shape your wish at the clay table in our lobby, then place it on the shelf for your fellow visitors to enjoy. Visit us throughout the holiday season to see the installation grow!
Make a gift for someone special in a Drop In Class
Warm up in our studios while making a gift for a loved one. Our weekly Drop In Clay Classes are the perfect opportunity to craft something from the heart for that special person on your holiday list. You can choose wheel throwing or hand building, and an experienced artist instructor is always on hand to help.
Take a gift-themed tour of the galleries
Discover objects in the Gardiner’s collection inspired by the theme of gift giving. Pick up a holiday tour card from the Front Desk and take a self-guided stroll through the galleries. From a Maya vessel depicting an offering of cacao to a tea and chocolate service gifted to a friend, we invite you to explore the Museum in search of these fascinating objects whose histories evoke the spirit of the season. You may even leave with some holiday gift ideas!
Find holiday food inspiration in Savour
What’s your favourite holiday dish? From pumpkin soup to roast turkey, the exhibition Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment illustrates the lasting influence of 18th-century food and dining trends. Discover a centuries-old recipe for hot chocolate and other surprisingly modern dishes that might just inspire your holiday cooking.
Connect over lunch at CLAY
After you’ve worked up an appetite in the exhibition, get cozy at CLAY Restaurant overlooking Queen’s Park. Try Chef Bianca Azupardo’s special Savour menu or warm up with a hot drink and a freshly baked dessert. Make a reservation ahead of time to secure your table.
Discover unique, hand-crafted gifts at the Gardiner Shop
Skip the malls and shop local this holiday season. The Gardiner Shop is your destination for Canadian-made, hand-crafted gifts sure to please even the pickiest person on your holiday list. From one-of-a-kind jewellery to cozy artisan-crafted mugs and show-stopping sculptures, the Shop is full of unique gift options to explore. Plus, Gardiner Friends receive 20% off their Shop purchases until the end of the year!
Get the family together for festive art activities
Join us throughout December for additional holiday-inspired family activities. Hand build a wintery mug, make a snowflake ornament, or come to our annual holiday Family Day on December 15. We’ll be making felt holiday cards, decorating sugar cookies, and crafting cut-out clay ornaments!
The Gardiner Museum will be open daily throughout December, with the exception of December 25 and 26. We will also be closing at 3 pm on December 31. Visit us on Wednesday nights for free admission between 4 – 9 pm! Plan your visit.
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7