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
Currently ClosedHours 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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Ratedout of 5
Interesting collections from all over the world. This is quite new building, modern. Recommended to visit. Best time is on Wednesday after 6pm till 9pm free entrance. Central down town location, accessible by walk or public transportation. Discount for seniors and youths. Yearly membership available.
Dmitry Polyakov - 2 days ago
I went with the kids for the Family Day long weekend and there are not too many activities for them, included in the family membership. Also I see some exhibitions that have been there for a while...it needs more diversity, more variety, it gets boring...not much modern art. We'll go back for the March Break and also we are excited for the Infinity Mirrors expo that we've managed to get tickets to. Please get inspired by the European art galleries and bring that mesmerizing diversity to AGO. Not a fan of conservative stuff.
Alina Bugeag - 4 days ago
Gorgeous exhibit of the arts from most of the modern period from 1400 and onward. The variety of studies on display is inspirational. However with much of the gallery dedicated to European artworks, it leaves little for the post modern and other hemispheres. The Group of Seven is a noteworthy exhibit for any visual artist but the photography exhibit does need improvement. For the cost of entry, it is worth seeing. The location makes for a great date location as its located to Chinatown. The gallery also offers a fine dining establishment. Some exhibits are not kid friendly as they contain mature subject matter. The AGO goes offer a programme for kids and schools.
Eric Kwan - 5 days ago
An amazing selection of artworks and mediums. I was astonished by some of the historical pieces. We were not able to make it to the museum, but this satisfied my interest in seeing some ancient pieces. They had on a special exhibit that was amazing and the staff are friendly and we'll organized. Give yourself a whole day to explore as we had about 4 hours and maybe got through 75% of the galleries, and we were rushing to try and see it all! I recommend exploring the basement where they have all of the models boats from 17th century onwards, and the Christian themed collection, I am not religious in the least bit, but the detail put into these pieces was incredible.
Cameron Robertson - 22 days ago