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The Gardiner Museum

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The Gardiner Museum is located in Queens Park South of Bloor street just across from the Royal Ontario Museum (nearest metro station is "Museum"). It is the only Museum in Canada devoted exclusively to ceramic art, and one of the leading museums of its kind in the world.

The Museum was founded in 1984 by George Gardiner and his wife Helen Gardiner. The basis of the Museum collection was formed by a unique private collection of ceramics collected by the spouses Gardiner. Home for the unique collection of ceramics and porcelain has become a very original architectural structure, designed by a talented architect Keith Jaglandom. In 2004, for the modernization and expansion of exhibition space, the Museum was closed for renovation. Although the architectural appearance of the Museum after the reconstruction somewhat modified, the basis still remains the original design. In 2006, the Gardiner Museum reopened its doors to visitors. In 2007, the Gardiner Museum has received a prestigious architectural award "Pug Award" as the best commercial project of the year in architecture.

Today, the Gardiner Museum is one of the most interesting sights of Toronto. Its permanent collection includes about 3,000 exhibits. The main directions of the collection is the pottery of ancient America (including the exhibits relevant to the culture of tribes such as the Mayans, Incas, Olmecs and Aztecs), ceramics of the Renaissance, English delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, European porcelain and contemporary ceramics.

In addition to the permanent exhibition every year the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions. The Museum regularly hosts various thematic lectures and seminars. There in the Museum and "Studio clay", where there are interesting master classes on working with clay, for both adults and children, as well as a small cosy restaurant and shop.