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: No

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

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating A must-see. If you can, go on a wednesday between 1-4 pm. There's a little known area in the back on the first floor open to the public that focuses on prints and drawings. You can request works from artists and if they have any the super helpful ladies will go and bring it to you so you can look at it. They are all super knowledgeable too so it really was a lovely experience.

Sam B - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Great range of exhibits. The photo competition was very interesting. Mixing in new digital ways to experience art was a great idea, they have tablets and/or an app to download that creates an augmented reality effect when viewing certain pieces of art

Andrew Westrick - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Great way to spend a day in the city. Make sure you allocate at least a good two hours if not more if you're an art lover and want to see all the collections. I spend about 3/4 hours here, wonder about the gallery at a slow pace. Make sure to check out the café which is airy and has wall to ceiling windows. Wheelchair accessible, friendly staff and daily tours available.

Anne Huang - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely fantastic gallery. So much stuff to see and always interesting new exhibits that make it worth going back to. They also have a cute cafe on the top floor with a nice view out onto the street. Only complaint I have is that some of the areas are a bit confusing to navigate and I often accidentally backtracked or had to look around to make sure I didn't miss a random side room or hallway, but this is a common problem for large galleries and easily forgivable.

Meaghan Piccolo - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a beautiful place with beautiful art. They have tour guides who take you round the place and give you information about everything there. There is a good cafe on the second floor but it doesn't offer much. They also have a bistro which has an extensive dinner menu and a tapas day menu. As a student you get a discount and pay $11 as long as you can provide a student ID. The place is quiet large so be prepared to do a lot of walking.

Tiffany Isesele - 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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