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

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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 Always interesting rotating exhibitions and an incredibly vast and varied collection. The Gehry Architecture is pretty cool. Staff are friendly and aren't stuffy at all. Some laughably bad pieces of 'art', but I'm not a critic and know little about what artistic value a square on a giant blank canvas has. Either way there were some pieces that I thought were stunning and it is likely the best gallery in Canada.

Ben Kobayashi - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating This gallery has gone from a decent but slightly hum drum institution to one of my favourite places to see art in the city. Great shows, rotating works from the collection, fabulous new director, and lovely members lounge that is quiet and serves great food.. A welcome refuge from the busy city!!!

Sarah Hunter - 22 days ago

4 Star Rating Big and enjoyable. One needs about 3hrs to see everything. However, if you only have 1hr, it's still worth it. Just pick the section that interests you and go. Paintings range from Canadian artists (Emily Carr) to Picasso. A definite must see.

Anson Li - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 5 floors to explore at will, with top 2 changing every so often. Loved walking through for first time and seeing the modern art inspired by political issues in the last decade and more. A taste of Toronto art also resides here. Then onward to the lower floors of classic sculptures and beautiful paintings and if you are into it, ships. Can't wait to visit again! Don't miss the coffee shop, situated in a crescent-shaped, bright passage created by woodbeam semi-arches and expansive windows facing Dundas St.

Stephanie Tham - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating I love the outer architecture and the inner design of this gallery. AGO always has cool exhibits (like the Mystical Landscapes exhibits). Also, while you're there, you have to go through the spiral stairwell that is designed to poke outside of the building so that you see the backyard/garden. It's an interesting design element of the building! There are various sections of art and lots to see, so make sure you reserve some time to see it all! And yes, there is coat check (they do take your bags and stuff as well - take advantage)!

Carol Fung - 4 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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