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Spadina Museum

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Address: 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
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+1 416-392-6910
12:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

The years between the two Great Wars, when Toronto experienced increased...

The years between the two Great Wars, when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for women, the stock market crash, prohibition and the introduction of public health and welfare. It's also the time of the Charleston craze, tabloid journalism, new technology and more. And it can all be seen, heard, felt and lived at Spadina Museum - Toronto's only museum to represent the 1920s and 30s, a transformative period that dramatically changed the City. For over a century, Spadina was home to three generations of the Austin family. Opened in 1984, it is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. Spadina Museum completed an extensive interior restoration in 2010, bringing the house back into the twentieth century. Visitors may view what the house looked like during those years through artifacts, furnishings and reproduced and original decor or explore the estate's six acres of restored 1905 gardens. Today, Spadina Museum interprets the interwar period through a rich slate of guided tours, school programs, special events, changing exhibits, lectures and workshops. Spadina Museum is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

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Spadina is an excellent way to see how the more affluent lived in the old days

I chose a Saturday after I had been to Casa Loma,it was bucketing with rain but Kelly? the guide was fantastic and gave a very personalised tour around most of the rooms-There are... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Iona B
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

I chose a Saturday after I had been to Casa Loma,it was bucketing with rain but Kelly? the guide was fantastic and gave a very personalised tour around most of the rooms-There are some not open to the public as they haven't been decorated /restored.Interesting old kitchen.The grounds are lovely to walk around amongst the old trees when not raining.I... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

The restoration work that has gone into this property is really quite remarkable and to wander round on a guided tour is a real pleasure. Our very informative about the history of the house and the families who owned it. The guide and my girlfriend kept making comparisons to Downton Abbey and it did truly feel like a colonial version... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Spadina Museum is in/near one of the more Posh neighbourhoods in Toronto. I used to live in the area … it's very lovely. The property was home to a developer in the 1800s who built a castle! for a home … "Casa Loma" which is just around the corner from Spadina Museum. The museum is the centrepiece of the "between the wars"... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

I go at least once a year to this attraction when it hosts the annual Great Gatsby Garden Party. The house is well maintained and interesting, but the grounds are spectacular; a place to bring a picnic lunch and let the kids run. The website will tell you about the Garden Party held in the summer, people dress in costume... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2016

The most beautiful historic house I've ever seen and I've seen a few. Staff was very knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. I had a wonderful time. It's too bad that this place isn't very well known, sometimes well kept secrets are the best. The history is fascinating.

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Regina, Canada
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

As other reviews mention the Spadina House is really a hidden gem with a much smaller draw than nearby Casa Loma. The introductory video gave some good background to set up the tour which led you through alot of the main house. The authentic reproductions as well as original pieces were all very nice and our tour guide was friendly... More 

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SpadinaMuseum, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. For your next visit you may wish to register for one of our workshops. Check our website or facebook page for our newest offering "Hello Dali", during which participants get to explore the house in the evening and create a surrealist inspired collage. More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Visiting Spadina House gave an amazing glimpse of how Toronto socialites (the Austin Family) lived and entertained in the 1920s. The tour brings a part of Toronto history to life. It is a beautiful, authentic place and the gardens are breathtaking. A real gem!

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for highlighting our gardens and museum as a way to travel to the 1920s. In December we are taking people to the 1930s with performances of Flashman; a radio play with great voices and sound effects, created before your eyes. Check our website and facebook page for details. More 

Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

An excellent restoration recently completed makes you feel as if you're right in the midst of the family's home. If you're visiting Casa Loma, make sure you stop in.

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SpadinaMuseum, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to have made your visit enjoyable. More 

Middletown, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was a positive contrast to the uncontrolled crowding at Casa Loma, plus Spadina Museum is much more affordable. Enjoyed the introductory video, and had a docent who was very knowledgeable about the home and its inhabitants.

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SpadinaMuseum, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Retaining the intimacy of Spadina as a family home and place to explore is an important goal for us. It is rewarding for us to read your remarks. More 

Lodz, Poland
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

A relaxing place with a floral garden very nice to sit and rest there. Interesting architectural structure. Worth seeing.

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SpadinaMuseum, Program Officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for comments Marta, our nearly 6 acres of grounds are here for the public to enjoy Tues - Sunday until 5 PM, 4:30 PM on Mondays. More 

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