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 OntarioFee: Yes Free on Wednesday evenings after 6pm
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.
- 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
Category: Art Museums
317 Dundas Street W
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Phone: +1 416-979-6688
Ivana L. Nov-24-2022
Writing my review for my visit during July 2019 and November 2022. During the peak of pandemic, the AGO was providing free admission for essential service... Read More
Shelby D. Oct-10-2022
If you're 25 or younger, don't miss out on your free annual pass to this amazing gallery. My group, having visited a majority of "big city" art museums... Read More
Wynne L. Sep-01-2022
Finally, back for another visit and this time for free on Wednesday evening between 6-9 pm. Be sure to book your free ticket (up to four tickets) on the... Read More
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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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