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

Art Gallery of Ontario Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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

Art Gallery of Ontario Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating Great place for the whole family. Wide variety of artists and displays. Very very spacious even though it was super busy. Staff was professional and helpful. It was clean overall and interesting architecture details were a bonus. Even the outside of the building has peak points. However, it is hard to find parking. There were quite a few persons unhomed directly surrounding the building. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Toronto.
Leah Rhodd - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Visiting the AGO was an absolute delight! The museum's diverse collection beautifully showcases both Canadian and international art, providing a comprehensive journey through artistic movements and periods. The temporary exhibitions are always thought-provoking and engaging. Plus, the museum's commitment to education and community involvement adds another layer of depth to the experience. A must-visit cultural gem in Toronto! 🖼️🖌️
Shawn Atkinson (JamSame) - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing museum. It was one of the best accessibility places I have visited. Never once did my wife's wheelchair have an issue once in the museum. Parking was bad. Would recommend not using the parking garage across the road from it if you need a wheelchair. The art collection was beautiful. A lot of Canadian collections, great impressionist works, great female artist pieces, the special exhibits were amazing. I was just overwhelmed by the experience.
Christopher Doe - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating This Art Museum is one of the best I’ve ever been to! Such diversity in their collections, would love to visit again! Love from California!
Tori Bowler - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing exhibit. Much respect for Khaws and the way he can make something so expressive and meaningful yet very simple and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. We were looking at his canvas thinking about how precise he is and what a good selection of colours for each piece. The AGO never disappoints.
Manuel Murillo - 3 months ago

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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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