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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Culture Days at the Gardiner Museum | Free Admission and Clay Activities

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Gardiner Museum

Toronto, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Enjoy a weekend of free admission as part of Culture Days, Canada’s national celebration of community arts. Explore the Gardiner’s world-renowned collection of ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Europe, China, Japan, and contemporary pottery. Guided tours will take place daily at 2 pm.


10 am – 4 pm | Raku firing on the Plaza

Join us for live Raku firing! An exciting pottery technique that has its origins in 16th-century Japan, Raku ware is placed in a container with combustible material such as sawdust and leaves and allowed to smoke outdoors.

11 am – 3 pm | Family Day Clay Activity

Use all kinds of moulds and clay cut-out shapes to create one-of-a-kind bowls, cups, and plates.



Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum is a centre for creativity and community inspired by the history and potential of clay.

The Gardiner is among the few museum in the world focused on ceramics, and one of the world’s most notable specialty museums. We’re committed to making a contribution to the medium we celebrate, as well as the communities we serve. We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.

Discover the Gardiner’s exceptional collection of more than 4,000 objects from the Ancient Americas, Europe, Japan, and China, as well as contemporary works with an emphasis on leading Canadian artists. See fascinating special exhibitions on display throughout the year and deepen your engagement by attending one of our many lectures, special events, and clay classes. The Gardiner is a leader in presenting innovative programming that connects ceramics to the broader world, stimulates discussion, and builds community.