Spadina Museum

Spadina Museum
Spadina Museum
285 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2V5
416-392-6910


The Spadina Museum, also known as the Spadina House, is an historic manor that is now a museum.  The museum preserves the house much as it existed and developed historically.


From a Victorian country estate to a city mansion, Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens has housed three generations of the wealthy Toronto Austin family. The art, decor and architecture of the house reflect the contemporary styles of the 1860s through the 1930s. The estate’s gardens reflect both Victorian and Edwardian styles.

In 1866, the property was purchased by businessman and financier James Austin, founder of the Dominion Bank and president of Consumers Gas. He had originally acquired 80 acres (320,000 m2), however he subdivided and sold of the property west of Spadina road, leaving only 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land and the house when he turned over the property to his son in 1892. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century the area was the wealthiest in Toronto, with a number of Toronto’s leading families having large estates in what was known as “Millionaires Row.”

Over the next 90 years, the house would be passed down 2 more generations of the Austin family. The house would change throughout the years with renovations taking place, new additions to the house being added on and a large part of the 20 acre property being sold to the City of Toronto.

The last member of the family to live in the house was Anna Kathleen Thompson, a daughter of Albert Austin, who lived there from 1942 until 1982. The aged house had outdated wiring and needed a thorough overhaul that would have been far more expensive than rebuilding it. While the house could have been sold to private interests such as the Keg Restaurant, the family decided instead to donate the house and all of its furnishings to the city.

In 1984 it opened as a museum, jointly operated by the city and the Ontario Heritage Foundation. The museum is especially known for its gardens. The family still keeps some links with the house and celebrations such as weddings are held there.

Directions and Map to The Spadina Museum

By Car

From the South-West: Take the 401 East to Allen Road (Allen Expressway). Go south on the Allen Expressway to Eglinton Avenue West. Turn left (east) on Eglinton to Spadina. At Spadina, turn right (south, which is the only way you can go.) Continue on Spadina until you reach the Spadina House. It is located right beside Casa Loma. 

From the North-East: Take the 401 West to the Don Valley Parkway. Go south on the D.V.P. to Eglinton Avenue East. Go west on Eglinton to Spadina. Turn left (south) on Spadina (which is the only way you can go) Continue on Spadina until you reach the Spadina House. It is located right beside Casa Loma, which is south of St. Clair.

From the South:  Take the Queen Elizabeth Way Eastbound into Toronto. Continue along the Q.E.W., (which turns into the Gardiner Expressway) to Spadina. Exit Northbound (which is the only way you can go) on Spadina. Continue north to Davenport Road (Spadina ends at Davenport). Turn left on Davenport, and take your first right (Walmer Road ), continue straight until you see the Spadina House. It is located right beside Casa Loma.

By Public Transit

Yonge / University subway to Dupont subway station, exit station and walk north to the Baldwin Steps at the intersection of Spadina Avenue 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 at ttc.ca.

Map of Spadina Museum Location

Contact Spadina Museum

Email: spadina at toronto.ca
Phone:  416-392-6910

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