Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

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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. Plan to visit Art Gallery of Ontario and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Toronto attractions using our Toronto route tool .
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  • The collection is interesting but no more. Canadian art section deserves a visit but the information about the works is deficient. However the architecture of the building is a plus.
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  • We spent a few hours here taking-in all the multi-cultural displays and artwork. They do a good job of presenting the pieces and showcasing many of the materials. The display of the intricate model bo...  more »
  • Very nice Museum. Starting with the Interior, incorporating solar wooden Gallery and the original staircase to the upper floors, and a variety of exhibits: Breadboard models of ships, showcases paintings, sculptures, did not bother me. Some exhibits very questionably can be attributed to the works of culture (from my perspective), but the painting represented a very diverse. It is especially pleasant, that on Wednesday with 18 to 8:00 pm you can visit the Museum free of charge.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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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