Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America

The Newly Renovated Art Gallery of Ontario
The Newly Renovated Art Gallery of Ontario cc licensed photo by Glogger

The Art Gallery of Ontario or AGO contains in excess of 80,000 works of art, some from as far back as the year 100 AD.

Originally founded in the year 1900, the Art Gallery of Ontario became somewhat 'disjointed' after numerous expansions and major renovations over many years. Finally in 2008 the gallery reopened after an expansion project, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, that masterfully brought all of the existing spaces together. This expansion increased the space available for viewing art by nearly one-half. The overall facility is an impressive 583,000 square feet.

Canadian art makes up more that half of the gallery's collection. The AGO also features a large collection of European art, with a very significant collection of Medieval and Renaissance decorative arts. The gallery exhibits major works of art by many renowned artists, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Tintoretto, Frans Hals, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, Auguste Rodin, and Edgar Degas.

Your admission to the gallery includes a 60 minute highlights tour that explores not only the art, but also the architecture of the AGO. This tour runs daily at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm and also on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

On Wednesday evenings after 6 pm you can visit the gallery for free! The AGO is baby friendly and fun for the whole family. They also have a restaurant, cafe, bar and Gift shop. For additional information about the AGO see the official site below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes Free on Wednesday evenings after 6pm

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

Phone: (416) 979-6648

Official Website: Art Gallery of Ontario

Directions

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Yonge-University-Spadina LineSt. Patrick Station5 MInutes

How to get to Art Gallery of Ontario by TTC Subway

No bus needed. Exit the station and walk west along Dundas Street West for 3½ blocks or 5 minutes. The AGO is on your left.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating We visited the Mystical Landscapes- Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more on January the 8th and was a very nice experience. Well done AGO. Exhibition was rich and organizing paintings by themes was very good idea. We also saw the Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures. Amazing stuff. Regret that we live north and cannot come more often.

Sazan Bimo - 18 hours ago

5 Star Rating One of the best art galleries to visit when in Toronto! They always showcase new exhibits and movies; their gift shop is also so cool!

Nikita Jiandani - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Went for the mystical landscapes exhibit. It was stunning; very well curated and arranged in a meaningful order that showcased the evolution of the genre. The electronic guide talker had meaningful and informative commentary and occasional music pieces the listen to while looking at the pieces. All in all a wonderful and profound experience.

Kate Kuehn - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating Love the architecture of this place more than the art here! It's a nice gallery. Wednesday evenings are free, come after 6:30pm so you can park right in front of the building!

Jumana Ch - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating I love the Art Gallery of Toronto. It's one of my favourite places in the city. I love the permanent art collection but the visiting exhibitions are nice to see. Admission fee isn't too expensive but they also have free hours every Wednesday night, 6-9pm (I've never experienced long lines during their free nights).

Jessica Hoang - 2 months ago

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Enjoy this tour showing, not only the great architecture, but also the many exhibits you can view at the newly refurbished AGO

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