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

Official Website: Art Gallery of Ontario

Fee: Yes Free on Wednesday evenings after 6pm

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Regular Hours:

  • Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Category: Art Museums

Address: 317 Dundas Street W
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Canada

Phone: +1 416-979-6688

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5 Star Rating The Art Gallery of Ontario had been on my list of places to visit for several years, but when I noticed it was free for people aged 25 or under who signed... Read More

Josh S. Dec-09-2019

4 Star Rating It was the first time visiting AGO and it was a pleasant experience. The admission fee was $25 per adult (over 25 years old), and they were promoting their... Read More

Amber K. Dec-01-2019

5 Star Rating I had an absolutely fantastic time at the AGO a couple weeks ago. I'd been wanting to visit, and with the Kusama Infinity Room here, how could I not make... Read More

Joley B. Oct-14-2019

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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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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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