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

Currently Closed

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 4.6 out of 5Art Gallery of Ontario Star Rating

5 Star Rating AGO has so much art to offer. A paradise for the art lovers. The European paintings were very lively and gorgeous. It may seem a little pricey for some, but it has lots to offer. A full tour of the place can easily take an entire afternoon.

Richard Chang - 27 days ago

3 Star Rating First time here this week and I liked it. I'm glad majority of the part is older paintings cause modern art really confuses me. A recommended route would have been nice for anyone new. I think we managed to go the right direction to take the eras in order, but with so many rooms adjacent its hard to know if a right or a left is the smoothest way to cover it all.

Erica Danielsson - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing guest artists. Watch and see who the featured artist or artists are for the month. There is something for everyone you just have to check before you go as different people are featured at different times. Check website for prices, as there is double even triple prices to see each artist on each floor depending on how big the exhibit is. Real great for the kids and all ages if you watch for the right artist... usually a must see for anyone making a trip to this amazing city we have ☺.

john taylor - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I took my niece's here for the first time over the March Break and loved the experience. I was amazed at how huge this place was and the variety of art and sculptures there was. The architecture of the building was great for displaying the pieces and as we moved through the different areas we felt a different experience with the changing room colours and lighting. Absolutely loves the large open space at the front top most floor with the cafe and sitting area. The view of the surrounding area was nice. My favourite was the display of model ships. The level of detail was incredible!!

Sunita Pace - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Gorgeous exhibit of the arts from most of the modern period from 1400 and onward. The variety of studies on display is inspirational. However with much of the gallery dedicated to European artworks, it leaves little for the post modern and other hemispheres. The Group of Seven is a noteworthy exhibit for any visual artist but the photography exhibit does need improvement. For the cost of entry, it is worth seeing. The location makes for a great date location as its located to Chinatown. The gallery also offers a fine dining establishment. Some exhibits are not kid friendly as they contain mature subject matter. The AGO goes offer a programme for kids and schools.

Eric Kwan - 3 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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