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 VisitFee: Yes Free on Wednesday evenings after 6pm
Open Now: NoHours 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
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Ratedout of 5
Free on Wednesday nights from 6pm-9pm. I love going there and taking my time with the art. There are also walking tours that give you amazing context for some of the pieces. I always feel refreshed after a visit! Thank you! ❤️
rebekah guanlao - 9 hours ago
Give yourself a day, it still won't be enough. We did the contemporary session with some highlights being Emily Carr and group of seven. They also have African masks, European renaissance works. Don't skip the first floor section of prayer beads and miniature carvings, this intricate work is mind-blowing
Karyn Pugliese - 8 days ago
Spectacular gallery. The European collection is nice, but the Canadian collection on the second floor is very impressive. Prominent placement of the group of seven and Tom Thomson along with good descriptions make for an enjoyable experience through Canadian art history. The architecture is also beautiful, the atrium, main hall and the level two cafe are highlights. Make sure you stop for a coffee on the second floor, just to sit and enjoy.
David Tsoulis - 17 days ago
Fun place to take the kids. The learning centre located downstairs on level C ( a bit of a maze with their elevators and staircase) was a great hit for my 4 and 7 years old. The centre has everything from crafts to puppets to dress up. Find out when the centre is open and closed as it differs from Gallery hours. On PA days, they may extend the hours. The pieces of art were fun to look at for the kids even though they probably don't have the full appreciation. The AGO allows for in and out privileges as long as you present your tickets to be scanned again upon going in. This gives you the option of taking the kids out to any of the eateries in the area. They do have a cafe but we didn't get a chance to try it this time. If the kids get super rambunctious, take them out the back of the gallery and you'll find yourself in Grange park😊
goosey chen - 18 days ago
My only complaint about the AGO is that there's always so much to see that it's almost impossible to fit into one trip. I can't even fault them on giving me sore feet, though, as they have little racks of folding stools you can bring with you into the galleries. There are always at least a few special exhibits that change every few months or so, which means there are always new and exciting things to see as well, and I'm always pleasantly surprised to find out when my membership card grants me entrance into the EXTRA special exhibits that wpuld otherwise cost an additional fee. The staff are all incredibly polite and VERY knowledgeable, too. If I could give it six stars I would!!
Charlie - 20 days ago