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Explore Toronto History Museums’ Fine Art and Artifact Collection featuring 150,000 artifacts and 3,000 works of art.

Spadina Museum, named from an Annishnaabemowin word ishpadina (“highland” or “ridge”), sits atop a ravine overlooking Toronto. Today this dazzling mansion is a portal into the triumphs and tribulations of Toronto from 1900 to the 1930s. Get a glimpse into this era through the perspective of the affluent Austin family and the people who worked in service within their home.

If the lush gardens, lavish furniture, and beautiful decor could talk, they would speak of a grand life of galas and garden parties, the pain of losing loved ones to sickness and war, the harsh reality of a servant’s life and the new technologies that completely transformed society during a time of great change. If the internet was a game changer, imagine being able to talk on the telephone for the first time ever.

The splendour of Spadina Museum is as much a feast for the eyes as it is an invitation to discuss how a city and its people adapted during an era of disruption and change.

Admission

HistoricTO interior tours:

  • Adults: $8.85 plus HST
  • Seniors: (65+ years) $7.08 plus HST
  • Youth: (13-18 years) $7.08 plus HST
  • Children: (6-12 years) $5.31 plus HST

Admission for children ages five and under is free. Guests can pre-register online or purchase tickets in-person.

Hours of Operation

Time-ticketed HistoricTO tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Book tickets online

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Proof of vaccination is not required for participation in indoor or outdoor museum programming (in accordance with the Reopening Ontario Act). Active screening, contact tracing, masking and physical distancing are in place to provide a safe museum experience for our guests and staff.

On-site Services and Accessibility

  • The grounds at Spadina Museum are open Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Spadina Museum and its grounds can be rented out for special occasions.
  • Paid parking next door at Casa Loma.
  • Partial accessibility, please contact the museum for full details.

By Transit

Yonge/University subway to Dupont subway station. Exit station and walk north to the Baldwin Steps at the intersection of Spadina Road and Davenport Road. Spadina Museum is located at the top of the Baldwin Steps next door to Casa Loma. For specific TTC route and schedule information call 416-393-4636 or visit the TTC website.

Please note, paid parking is available next door at Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)

Location

285 Spadina Road

For over a century, Spadina was home to three generations of the Austin family. In 1866, the property was purchased by businessman and financier James Austin, founder of the Dominion Bank and president of Consumers Gas. The Austins and their children used their 80 acres for farming until James, and later his son Albert, subdivided and sold most of the land. The remaining 5.7 acres include an orchard, a grape arbour and a kitchen garden, along with the more formal areas of lawn and display beds.

The historic house illustrates the evolution of styles from mid-Victorian to 1930s Colonial Revival and includes items from both the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic Movements, as well as items in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. The influence of new technologies such as gas lighting, central heating, electricity and the telephone can be seen here.