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Spadina Museum

285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
+1 416-392-6910
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This is THE hidden gem mansion you should visit in Toronto

If you have a choice of Casa Loma or this lovely property, go with this one if you're interested in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dagmar G
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Shelburne, Vermont
via mobile
A fascinating visit

The restoration of this house is exceptional. We had a guided tour by a very enthusiastic and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
GastronomeUK
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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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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285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you have a choice of Casa Loma or this lovely property, go with this one if you're interested in authenticity, learning about Toronto society, and the lives of the upstairs/downstairs divisions in the 1920s and 1930s. What is amazing is that this home remained...More

Thank Dagmar G
Reviewed 4 days ago

The restoration of this house is exceptional. We had a guided tour by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who was able to recreate the periods through which the house has lived. A fun and educational visit for both locals and visitors from abroad.

Thank GastronomeUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is just a House, but it is nicer and in better shape than Casa Loma. You should at least visit this one!

Thank ValvaMG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my visit here. You start in the basement and learn about the house and family before heading up to the main floor.. The rooms are wonderful and it is great to see an actual kitchen. In so many stately homes, the kitchens...More

Thank tocanada2
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...More

1  Thank Iona B
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...More

1  Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed 6 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...More

3  Thank Spiceboy82
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...More

1  Thank Art-Fashion-Travel
Reviewed 28 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...More

2  Thank KarolaRS
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...More

Thank Ryan E
SpadinaMuseum, program officer at Spadina Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

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...More

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Revision are always a hub of outdoor activity, and
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