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

Open Now

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

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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

5 Star Rating Anthropocene exhibit was incredible. Thoughtful and fun experience of sore subjects beautifully presented. Spent so long here only had time to revisit Group of 7 works which are always evocative. The gallery is a cool place to hang out too with unusual architectural details and coffee and food available. Wish I could go more often

Vuk Pavlovic - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating The AGO is a great place to spend a rainy day. Always something cool going on there, we came to see the Edward Burtynsky show and it was awesome! The the building itself modern, clean, and happening. The restaurant they have is also very good, a bit pricey but well worth it. Good job Toronto!

Jonathan Segal - 16 days ago

4 Star Rating I had a great time taking in some amazing photos from our past wars. It was very well done. I really liked that they had tablets setup so you could get a closer look at some of the images and perhaps even more not on display. It was nice to see such a mixed age range in visitor’s

JJ Johnson - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating This is quite possibly one of the best museums I've ever been to the world. The collection is so very expansive and stunning. The building itself is very well designed and easy to get around... Just give yourself a lot of time to see the whole place. So much to see and worth spending time in every corner. I also love it's location in the city. So much art (beautiful graffiti) in this part of the city and so many nice parks to walk around it. I can't wait to go back.

Stebs - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating I went for the free admission on Wed (6-9pm) and it was well worth the wait. The tickets are not terribly expensive, but I had gone out for a late lunch and figured why not. The line is outside, so no need to bother going inside if that's what you are there for. The shop is quite nice and well organized, much like the museum itslef it is separated by art themes. Out of the exhibits I enjoyed the Canadian artists (I'm not from Canada) and the model ship collection below the ground level. I definitely recommend the museum and if you are into art you can easily spend a few hours here. If you are just cruising through a couple of hours will be fine.

Daniel Araki - 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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