Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, also known as Spadina House (), is a historic mansion at 285 Spadina Road in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that is now a historic house museum operated by the City of Toronto's Economic Development & Culture division. The museum preserves the house much as it existed and developed historically. The art, decor and architecture of the house used to reflect the contemporary styles of the 1860s through the 1930s, including Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Colonial Revival styles. The museum closed for a year for extensive interior and exterior renovations. When it re-opened to the public on October 24, 2010, it was decorated in the style of the inter-war era of the 1920s and 1930s. The estate's gardens reflect the landscape during the Austin family's occupation of the house.
The first house constructed on the site was built in 1818 by Dr. William Warren Baldwin. He named his 200-acre (0.81 km2) property and estate Spadina, which derived from the Ojibwe word espadinong, which translates as "hill" or "sudden rise of land"; it is located at the top of an escarpment. Baldwin himself designed the two storey wood frame house. The house burnt down in 1835, and owing to the three mile (5 km) trek from the estate into York, he moved to a house on Front Street. He built a smaller country estate on the property in 1836.
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Laurel McBrine | Dec 24, 2017
This more modest yet still grand dwelling, placed in the shadow of the palatial Casa Loma, is a wonderful place to visit on a beautiful day when the gardens are in full bloom. The interior is also worth a visit, but there is a fee to enter. It is fun to see how people lived in the recent past, with the interior reflecting the era of the early 1900's. They seem to have some fun events periodically as well. The gardens are breathtaking (and free on the day we were there, although I think you can also pay for tours of the grounds) to wander around, with flowers and a vegetable garden. So beautiful! Great for photographers!
Mark Hurlburt | Feb 4, 2018
Don't go on Mondays. ..it's closed. It's beautiful on the outside lol. Very helpful staff...even off shift.lol Looking foward to going when open. Looks beautiful through the windows looking in. I have been before, and it's wonderful, just wanted to take the kids this time.
Mary | Dec 27, 2017
A beautiful house that is a wonderful slice of Toronto history lovingly restored to the 1920s with original furnishings, decorations and memorabilia. Toronto's slightly more modest 'Downtown Abbey'.
Pam Aggelakos | Nov 26, 2017
Visited this historic landmark for the first time. Beautiful grounds, great tour and a sugar cookie with apple cider. I loved it!
Maziar Mehrabi | Dec 16, 2017
The guided tour was very informative and the content was well presented. This place is full of well preserved history. I personally prefer places like this over e.g. Casa Loma. The shop has a lot of high quality souvenirs and NOT the common kitsch you find in other places. Oh, and make sure you try their homemade cookies on your way out (picture attached), it's only 2$.
James Pang | Mar 17, 2018
Never know that there was such a building until I visited. The guided tour was very detailed. Although it is located in the city, I managed to park for free in the street, legally. Otherwise, it would have costed me at least $10
N Salgo | Mar 19, 2018
This is a museum of quite manageable size. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to give us a real feel for what life was like for the family in this house
Elizabeth MacLeod | Mar 18, 2018
$9 entry and very good tour. Lovely house and older than Casa Loma.
Greg Passarella | Mar 20, 2018
A must see! A great look into Toronto life of the rich at the turn of the century.
Lila Kotaki | Apr 25, 2018
Great historic place right across Casa Loma. A must-see for visitors who would like to know more about the history of Toronto!
Ria L | May 28, 2018
This place is a must visit if you are visiting or even if you reside in Toronto. The gardens are beautiful during the summer months and you can take a leisurely stroll through them. This is also my favourite spot to visit during Nuit Blanche every year! A lovely gem right in the heart of Toronto. Definitely recommended for all history lovers and Jane Austen aficionados.
P. D. | May 30, 2018
A small, but interesting museum. Great for people interested in local history and interior design. The tour is very informative and not rushed, so there's time to have a good look at the house. Restored with great attention to detail. And the garden is lovely.
Dawn Sinclair | May 30, 2018
Fascinating to see the displays and reproduction of how this beautiful house was laid out. A lovely walk through time.
Christine Mae Lamarca | Jun 21, 2018
I've always heard of the Spadina Museum, but never had a chance to go until I stumbled upon it during Open Doors. Though I only had a small amount of time to explore, I did enjoy what it had to offer. It was nice to learn about local history and get a sense of what it was like to live in Toronto, during that time frame. I found the staff to be very friendly and quite knowledgeable, and happy to answer any questions I had. I was quite impressed that they had a good chunk of the original decor from the Austin Family. The house is restored to the 1920s time period, which make it great for an morning, or early afternoon stroll. The gardens in the spring/summer is also great to check out.
Amanda Groulx | Jun 28, 2018
I was really happy with how well run a recent event at this museum was! An outdoor event in the rain could spell a nightmare but the team were well prepared and made sure most attractions were in tents. The gardens were stunning! The museum itself is beautiful and our tour guide exceeded all expectations with his knowledge base! I would go again for sure!!!
Michael Kennedy | Jun 15, 2018
This was my first time visiting the Spadina Museum, on Spadina street. and I Just recently visited this place and noticed it was such a nice place to go to. Would want to visit again, this is a must visit to see the beautiful gardens during the summer months thank you so much for the good scenery.
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