Spadina Museum offers a glimpse of Toronto during the 1900-1930 period through the lens of the Austin family. It highlights the effects of transformative events on the Austins such as the First World War, the Great Depression and societal changes in Canada. The museum opened in 1984 and completed an extensive interior restoration in 2010. Spadina’s artifacts feature the family’s contributions to the financial, business and cultural development of Toronto through an intact collection and archival holdings, music, art and decorative arts.
The site includes six structures: a three-storey large house built in 1866 and enlarged several times up until 1912/1913; a two-storey garage and chauffeur’s residence built in 1909; a stable/ gardener’s cottage circa 1850; and a greenhouse built in 1913.
The museum provides visitors an opportunity to go back in time to a very unique period in Toronto’s history. The site offers guided tours of the house and garden, school programs, changing exhibits and workshops, and also hosts one-of-a-kind special events throughout the year.