As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, all City-operated museums are closed until further notice. Select museums are offering exterior tours and CampTO programs. Stay up-to-date on all changes to City services.
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 tell you about 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 you think 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.
The interior of Spadina Museum is closed to the public. Please refer to the open hours below or call for more information.
Outdoor HistoricTO tours at Spadina Museum are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10.
Hours of Operation
Time-ticketed HistoricTO outdoor walking tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. starting September 15.
HistoricTO interior tours will begin in October.
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.
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 (INFO) or visit the TTC website.
Please note: Paid parking is available next door at Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)
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.