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 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating Very nice museum. In a nice area of the city. Definitely stop in if you're in the area. Many great permanent displays and check the internet 4 they're featured shows

Giovanni Petitti - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating I am sitting right now in its cafeteria next to the bookstore and gift shop, which also has convenient restrooms and free WIFI. I came last week, after a long absence since my first time long time ago. The gallery is in medium size. There are some limited precious famous paintings here, plus some by local Canadian artists.

Chick Lam - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating The Art Gallery of Ontario is a beautiful collection of human creativity, from the architecture of the spiral staircase to the artwork displayed in the various galleries. The staff was always present but never imposing. Highly recommended.... leave yourself at least half a day to enjoy.

JJ Bea - 17 days ago

3 Star Rating I was there today with a friend. Very disappointing. Rude staff. Too many halls with no exhibits. Art that was a total waste of space. I expected more Canadian Art like the Inuit art. What was there of the Inuit art was the best at the AGO. Also the art from the first Nations was very good, but not enough. I have visited Art Galleries all over the world . This one was the biggest and the most disappointing. Come on Canada. We want to be proud of you. This embarrasses me.

Anthony Bernstein - 1 month ago

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 - 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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