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

Regular 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

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

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 - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Very large museum, but manageable in a few hours. It had a good variety of exhibits and artworks, from a range of cultures and styles. It is big enough to handle a large amount of people at any one time so you don’t feel crowded when inside. Additionally, under 25s go free which is wonderful for any younger people who wish to visit- no worries about cost! Also, the restaurant is good :)
Ash Lassallette-Desnault - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating Now that I live very close to the AGO. I figured I would become a member. Love going here when it's not busy and sitting in a few areas. (Mainly Group of Seven Section) it's typically very quiet, even when there's a lot of people walking around. I wish they would have more classical art work or exhibits and have better hours. It's still a great place to visit, even if you are just visiting. Be prepared to spend 3 hours or more if you want to see and enjoy all the AGO has to offer.
KG82 - 4 months ago

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4 Star Rating Friday evening visit. I had stuggled getting tickets from the website but had no issues getting them at the front desk. They were nice and friendly staff. Got an annual pass instead. Kaws and Kieth Haring were on display. The guides are also helpful. Lots of other art to see. Beautiful setup inside and out. Photos allowed only for personal use.
Tobi Amodu - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating The Art Gallery of Ontario is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. The collection is impressive, covering everything from classic European masterpieces to contemporary installations. The building itself is a work of art, with a modern design that blends seamlessly with the historical sections. The layout is spacious and well-organized, creating an inviting atmosphere to explore the artworks. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, always ready to assist. The AGO offers educational programs and activities for all ages. While it can get crowded, it's worth it for the incredible art on display. Don't miss the café, restaurant, and gift shop. Overall, the AGO is a remarkable art destination that shouldn't be missed.
Luisa Tam - 4 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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