Gardiner Goes Outside

June 30, 2021

September 6, 2021


Gardiner Museum 111 Queen's Park Toronto


Events Description


This summer, the Gardiner Museum is breaking down barriers and moving beyond traditional museum spaces to increase access and meet our communities where you feel safe. Join us now for pop-up window exhibitions, outdoor dining, and public art projects, followed by family clay activities, wellness workshops, performances, and more.

When the doors to the Museum do reopen in Step 3, admission will be free until Labour Day.

Discover art on the plaza

On now, visitors are invited to the Gardiner’s plaza to safely view a series of mini exhibitions through the windows of the Museum’s glass entryway (Portico Gallery) and the repurposed Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney Community Clay Studio (Window Gallery). An audio tour, which also features the Museum’s garden and public sculptures by Shary Boyle and Jun Kaneko, provides visitors with an outdoor art experience that can be enjoyed right on their smart phones.

The artworks in Window Gallery and Portico Gallery will rotate three times over the course of the summer, beginning with works from the Gardiner’s European Porcelain and Modern and Contemporary collections, including new acquisitions by Montreal-based Indigenous artist Nadia Myre and Bangkok-born Canadian artist Linda Sormin.

The Museum’s street level light box signs will also be animated by art. The Gardiner has partnered with No.9 Contemporary Art + Environment to encourage action on important social and environmental issues, and amplify the work of prominent and emerging BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ identifying artists. The first participant to be featured is Stratford, Ontario-based multidisciplinary artist Kellen Hatanaka, whose work is centered on heritage, tradition, identity, and representation.

Join us on the Gardiner Plaza, Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm, for a free family-friendly colouring activity inspired by Pillars of Change, our collaboration with No.9 Contemporary Art + Environment. Kids can put their own spin on original drawings by local artists that speak to important social and environmental issues.


Who is it for?

All ages




How to get tickets?

No Tickets required


Date & Time:

Until Labour Day

Play Date
Wednesday – Saturday from July 07, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Clay Bird Making
Wednesday – Friday from July 07, 2021 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Pillars of Change
Mon Jun 14 to Sep 05, 2021, All Day

Family Day
Sundays from July 11, 2021 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Wednesday July 21, 2021 to Monday September 6, 2021

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario

Wheelchair accessible

No parking

Accessible by Public Transport

Located right next to Museum subway station.

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