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

4 Star Rating It was a lovely experience though I wish they were more diverse with their art pieces. It was lovely to see the paintings but I believe they should show more paintings of different cultures and religions. The food was also a little over priced but the service was lovely. Overall my time at the art gallery was enjoyable.

Arisha Akhter - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic experience every time! We have had a family membership for several years. Just took my kids, husband, and out of town relatives including my 84 year-old Grandpa and everyone had a blast. My aunt commented how much more approachable and casual it is compared to the Chicago Art Institute. Both are world class but ours is so much easier for families and diverse groups like ours. With dim sum two blocks away and a lovely park to the south we spent our day around our AGO trip!!

Colleen Madden - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating The best art museum in the city. Though the collection may be somewhat limited compared to other art museums in large cities, it offers a great selection from artists of different eras, ranging from Van Gogh to Picasso alike. My favorite part is the commentary of the artworks, they are very comprehensive and offers a great insight to the history and the creative process from each of the artworks displayed.

Nicholas Poon - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating This review is for the art classes they have at the AGO. My four year old and I did the side by side spring art class with teacher Daphne. It was fun and both of us learned new techniques. Each class leaves you with a piece of artwork completed by both child and adult. Daphne is terrific with children and an excellent teacher. There were also times that we visited exhibits in the gallery as part of the lesson, which was fun and a great introduction for kids to the gallery. The building itself is beautiful with so many interesting architectural features. Highly recommend!

Carla F - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating It’s big,it’s fancy and it’s full of art..about half a day to explore if you skip the educative cinemas. Usually getting crowded on weekends (especially during a hot exhibit) so your best bet is to go on weekdays if you can. The prices are a bit steep but what’s cheap anymore..one of the nicest galleries I visited (in North America). Staff is helpful just don’t forget to turn your flash off

Balint Nagy - 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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