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An internationally renowned collection that ranges from 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian artifacts to 20th-century works from around the world makes Gardiner Museum one-of-a-kind in North America. The museum, located across from the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto campus, also features a boutique. Check out the Gardiner Shop, with contemporary Canadian works including books on ceramics to jewelery and bowls. Guided tours for groups can also be arranged.
The Toronto Dominion Bank has been collecting artwork from Canada's Inuit people from the Arctic region since the mid-1960s. That collection has grown considerably over time and is now housed in its own gallery in the Aetna Tower of the Toronto Dominion Centre, which opened in 1987. The permanent collection now consists of more than 200 pieces, encompassing artistic styles from all over Canada's vast Arctic territory. There are an estimated 10,000 visitors each year. Admission is free.
The Corkin Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that participates in several significant art fairs and events around the globe on behalf of Toronto. Inspite of this, the gallery is a bit of a hidden gem, and features beautiful paintings and photography exhibits from local as well as foreign artists. The gallery has transformed an old tank house into a hotbed of creative expression, while still retaining the industrial interiors of its premises. Artists such as Nicola Katsuras, Barbara Astman, Sharon Switzer, Ramón Serrano and Lori Newdick have displayed their works here.
Clint Roenisch Gallery Inc is one of the lesser known galleries of Toronto, and features a mixture of paintings, photographs, sculptures and art installations from not only local artists, but even some from other corners of the world. The gallery was established in 2003 and featured the works of artists such as Jason de Haan, Harold Klunder, Richard Serra, Seth Scriver and Marcel van Eeden among many others.
The Christopher Cutts Gallery displays artworks of the cream of the crowd in the world of fine art, not only from Canada, but also the United States and Europe. Displaying works of acclaimed artists and emerging talent, this gallery has hosted exhibitions of the work of Murray Favro, Sherri Hay, Gordon Lebredt, Cristina Lama, Sorel Etrog and many others. In spite of this, the gallery is a bit of a hidden gem that few know about.