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 VisitFee: Yes Free on Wednesday evenings after 6pm
Open Now: NoHours 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
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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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5 floors to explore at will, with top 2 changing every so often. Loved walking through for first time and seeing the modern art inspired by political issues in the last decade and more. A taste of Toronto art also resides here. Then onward to the lower floors of classic sculptures and beautiful paintings and if you are into it, ships. Can't wait to visit again! Don't miss the coffee shop, situated in a crescent-shaped, bright passage created by woodbeam semi-arches and expansive windows facing Dundas St.
Stephanie Tham - 12 days ago
One of the best museums in Toronto. They also have new, exciting temporary exhibitions, and their permanent collection is great too. For more traditional art fans, there are lots of old European paintings, and for contemporary art fans there's tons for you. I always feel like they try to honour the artists they are portraying. The Tannenbaum Galleries are always a favourite of mine, with tons of interesting Medieval European artifacts. Definitely worth a visit for young and old.
Amber Peters - 1 month ago
Amazing place to go for a lovely afternoon or a nice date. The gift shop is great for birthday gift ideas. Their special exhibits and art is always better than expected, I love going here as much as I can. The Google local guides event was recently hosted here and their public rooms are also very nice!
Calin Alexander - 2 months ago
I love the outer architecture and the inner design of this gallery. AGO always has cool exhibits (like the Mystical Landscapes exhibits). Also, while you're there, you have to go through the spiral stairwell that is designed to poke outside of the building so that you see the backyard/garden. It's an interesting design element of the building! There are various sections of art and lots to see, so make sure you reserve some time to see it all! And yes, there is coat check (they do take your bags and stuff as well - take advantage)!
Carol Fung - 2 months ago