Spadina Museum is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Since being opened as a public museum by the City of Toronto in 1984; Spadina Museum has become a celebrated landmark. Visitors can view the changing exhibits, artifacts, furnishings and original materials or explore the estate's Victorian-Edwardian garden.
Beginning in 1866 and for over a century, Spadina was home to three generations of the Austin family. It was a time when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for women, the stock market crash, prohibition, public health and the introduction of welfare. It was also a time of the Charleston, tabloid journalism, the industrial era, 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 !
Spadina Museum's Interior Restoration 2010: An Introductory Tour
Spadina Museum reopened as a museum to the public on October 24, 2010 after ten months of extensive interior renovations . The revitalized Spadina Museum thoughtfully depicts how the Austins lived during the 1920s and 1930s. The interior of the museum, from draperies and wallpapers to furniture and lighting, represents this era with original family artifacts and authentically reproduced materials. The museum also educates visitors about how Torontonians and the Austins lived through the social, political and economic upheavals of this transformative era that dramatically changed Toronto.