Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

4.4
#3 of 41 in Museums in Toronto
Admire the impressive range of over 80,000 artworks at Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest venues of its kind in North America. With a collection spanning the period between the 1st century CE and the present day, this architectural landmark (with a facade by noted architect Frank Gehry) houses First Nation carvings, Henry Moore sculptures, rare Quebecois religious items, and much more. Other highlights include permanent exhibits of European paintings by Tintoretto, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and many other Baroque and Renaissance masters. It's difficult to see everything in a single day, but if you're on a tight schedule, you can get a good feel for the gallery by taking a short mini tour. Art Gallery of Ontario is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Toronto Edition.
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  • August 16, 2017
    If you are in town on Wednesday evening, this gallery is free to enter from 6 to 9pm. Lots to see here and the architecture is really incredible. The highlights are the Canadian collections, specially...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    So carefully and quite time consuming. Enjoyed my ignorant of art and various works of art. Tianjin exit and sell a lot of nice things, is recommended.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Enjoyed the whole experience, especially the Rita Letendre exhibits - I've never seen her work before. The gallery is beautifully designed - clean, spacious, easy to navigate. We took the curved stair...  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    Always interesting rotating exhibitions and an incredibly vast and varied collection. The Gehry Architecture is pretty cool. Staff are friendly and aren't stuffy at all. Some laughably bad pieces of 'art', but I'm not a critic and know little about what artistic value a square on a giant blank canvas has. Either way there were some pieces that I thought were stunning and it is likely the best gallery in Canada.
  • April 17, 2017
    5 floors to explore at will, with top 2 changing every so often. Loved walking through for first time and seeing the modern art inspired by political issues in the last decade and more. A taste of Toronto art also resides here. Then onward to the lower floors of classic sculptures and beautiful paintings and if you are into it, ships. Can't wait to visit again! Don't miss the coffee shop, situated in a crescent-shaped, bright passage created by woodbeam semi-arches and expansive windows facing Dundas St.
  • July 2, 2017
    I absolutely loved this place. Everything about AGO is beautiful. My friend and I got a little tour of our own by one of the security guards who happened to know so much about the history of the English.
  • May 31, 2017
    This gallery has gone from a decent but slightly hum drum institution to one of my favourite places to see art in the city. Great shows, rotating works from the collection, fabulous new director, and lovely members lounge that is quiet and serves great food.. A welcome refuge from the busy city!!!
  • June 23, 2017
    It's always refreshing to go see a new exhibit at the AGO. And even their in-house collections are fun to explore. There's so much beauty to take-in when you immerse yourself in the art and the space that houses it. A definite place to visit if you've never been there.

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