Gardiner Museum in Toronto
The Gardiner Museum is the only museum in Canada devoted exclusively to ceramic art. It is located on Queen’s Park just south of Bloor Street in Toronto, opposite the Royal Ontario Museum. The nearest subway station is Museum.
Founded in 1984 by George R. Gardiner and his wife Helen Gardiner, designed by Keith Wagland, the museum has been described as a "jewel box of ceramic treasures". The Gardiner Museum underwent a $20 million renovation, reopening in August 2006, with KPMB Architects (Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna and Blumberg) and was awarded the Pug Award for Best Commercial Architecture in 2006.
The purpose of the recent renovation and expansion in 2006 was to improve circulation, and increase space to showcase the permanent collections.
The structure is composed of a limestone clad façade with glazing and black granite columns and extends towards the street making it more visible to people and making its presence known among the street
Its permanent collection of over 2,900 pieces, includes works from the Ancient Americas, Italian Renaissance, English Delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, European porcelain, and a Contemporary gallery. In addition to the permanent collections, the museum mounts three temporary exhibitions per year.
The museum offers programs and lectures, and, in its clay studio, clay classes for adults and children.
The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.