Free Summer Fun for Families at the Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum, one of the world's most celebrated specialty museum and one of the only museums specializing in ceramics, has reopened. And, the Toronto museum has just announced it is offering Free admission on weekends, along with fun outdoor activities for families.

If your kids are missing that feeling of getting hands-on, they can now take part in family clay activities at the Gardiner's outdoor plaza. Clay tables will be set up for guests to enjoy some tactile fun and creativity. Social distancing is in effect and all tools, tables, and stools will be sterilized after each use. The clay tables will be open every weekend from 11 am - 3 pm, and activities are weather dependent.

If you choose to stay at home, you can still connect with the Museum! Visit their 'Family Days' page to find a wide variety of 'at-home' activities and crafts for kids — create with Salt Clay, learn how to make a Seed Bomb, make your own Goofus (a deer-like creature artifact found at the museum that also looks like a llama), and much more. Kids can also go on a Ceramic Scavenger Hunt and access colouring pages that highlight some of the museum's art collections.

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Visiting the Museum

As with all attractions that have reopened, Gardiner Museum has implemented the strictest practices and policies to make your visit enjoyable and safe. The number of people in the Museum and individual gallery spaces will be limited to allow for social distancing. Guests are reminded to wear a mask, to maintain proper distancing and to observe all the new signage posted throughout the Museum. Cleaning schedules and disinfecting protocols have been increased, with particular attention paid to high touch and high traffic areas. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout the building. The Gardiner will continue to offer general admission tickets online and on site for weekday visits, without specific timed entry. While every effort will be made to reduce line ups, any delays will be communicated through their social media channels. For more info on safety guidelines, visit their Welcome Back page.

The Museum has slightly modified hours as follows:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 9 pm (Free admission from 4 – 9 pm)
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm (Free admission)
Holiday Mondays: 10 am – 5 pm

Get fired up about everything clay and ceramics this summer, with a family visit to the Gardiner Museum! 

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Photo Credit: Lisa Sakulensky
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