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

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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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Rated 4.6 out of 5Art Gallery of Ontario Star Rating

5 Star Rating As far as large art galleries go - the AGO is a good one. There is a considerable collection of the famous Group of Seven Canadian artists. It also boasts a special feature artist or group of artists. It also has a child play area and other features. Handicap accessible with elevators. Impressionism: In the Age of Industry, with Many famous French artists in including Monet. Its fabulous.

Randy McCall - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating The AGO is beautiful. They had a special exhibition over Impressionism while I was there, and it was beautiful! The wall colors complemented the artwork, and they had information about Impressionism as a movement and time period, rather than simply showcasing the art. The people who work here are very nice and helpful! I will definitely recommend this as it gallery to anyone looking for recommendations in Toronto!

Alexis Bujtas - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a gallery that has plenty to offer visitors, with both an impressive permanent collection and excellent temporary exhibits. The Impressionists in an Age of Industry exhibit is fascinating. One usually thinks of the Impressionists as painters of light, water and nature; however here we see their talents put to use in displaying some of the intrusive modern technologies that were transforming the modern environment. These paintings might not have the same idyllic qualities as garden and river scenes, but they still shimmer with life. After seeing this exhibit, next time you look at one of Monet's paintings of water lilies, perhaps the hoot of a train will imaginatively sound in the distance. Overall, I don't think many visitors who come to the AGO will be disappointed, however, one has to be prepared for crowds at popular exhibits during busy time

Steven Williams - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating A wonderful art gallery that didn't seem to end. I loved the variety and especially the letters and photos from those lost to the war. I would also love to thank the staff for being very kind and thoughtful when thought I lost my (very special) necklace there. They were very comforting and did everything in their capacity to help. If you are visiting, please check out this Art Gallery! The walk from the central of Toronto to the gallery goes through Chinatown so it is a nice walk.

Bridget Renwick - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating I love the AGO. I have been to some of Toronto's big tourist attractions, such as the ROM and the Science Centre, but the Art Gallery is still my favourite, and I'm only more confident about that each time I go there. The gallery is clean, easy to navigate, and in the times I've been there, there are always people ready to hand out maps to visitors. All of the artwork is laid out in a very neat and visually pleasing way. There are more than enough places to sit, as well as a children's play area and a lovely cafe. No matter whether you are a tourist visiting Toronto or a local bringing family, friends or a date - the AGO is perfect for any occasion.

Ema Jovanovic - 1 month 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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