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 Lovely , big museum at the heart of Toronto. Its spacious and contains a lot of great art pieces. They have a lot of section so prepare at a day alone if you want to visit everything in this museum. I really like the Jean Paul Riopelle art. If you want a calm and peaceful evening this is the perfect occasion to visit!

Sang Phan - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Wonderful exhibits of both classical and contemporary Art. Changing exhibits so always something new to see. This gallery is huge do don't try to see everything in one day or you'll burn out quickly. The gift shop is not cheesy. High end reproductions, books and gifts make it a great place to shop.

Wayne Hogg - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to come to learn about lots of history and art. It is also free on Wednesdays, so I would recommend going then if you are up for saving. The place is also really big and has lots of different rooms/floors so be sure to bring a pair of shoes you are comfortable in.

Anthony Guarino - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating AGO is my favourite place to go in Toronto. I have been a member for several years and attended all the major Exhibitions. Gallery has a great "aura" and staff works hard to expose us to a better things in life. I recommend to take a guided tour to see Highlights of the collection, it is quite informative and led by the passionate guides. The Member's Lounge is a nice place to take a break or enjoy afternoon tea. I am a fan.

Natalia Ourban - 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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