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Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Is a beautiful art museum, both the collection and the architecture. There are sections of European art, Canadian, African, indigenous and modern Canadian. Among the main are: * Massacre of the innocents, of Rubens * Floor Burger, a huge canvas Burger. * The West wind of Tom Thomson; It is assumed that this painting inspired the Group of seven, an important Canadian cultural movement. Has several guided tours. On Wednesday, the 18 to 21 hours, admission is free. Tip: visit the cafeteria on the second floor, at least to meet the architecture.
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  • AGO has an amazing international, historical and modern collections with lots of opportunities to interact with the exhibits. Great gift shop and food options as well. Try a guided tour or explore on ...  read more »
  • Well worth visiting this gallery. With a beautiful building outside and internally, the collection is huge and very diverse. You can also view local artists producing works live while you touring the various lounges. It's good to keep in mind that every Wednesday, after 6:00 pm, they release free entry. Is, of course, full, mainly students, but it's worth taking advantage of.
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  • I have been to the AGO, multiple times and have been treated with respect or have not been bothered. However, my visit today is one that I will never forget. My friends and I (we are teenagers, by the way) decided to pay a visit to the gallery. We were treated nicely when we first entered the building, however, we started looking at some paintings in the European section, and the stupid "no backpack policy" came into play. My friend was carrying her backpack on the side, and a security guard went up to her as she was taking photos, and told her "she had bumped into him" and "that her backpack was blocking other's paths". Of course, he had to say it in the rudest tone ever after noticing that we were of the younger generation. Another incident occurred when another security yelled at us for being "too close" to a painting. Because of this, the rest of the trip consisted of a cat and mouse race; everywhere we went, security guards followed us. This kind of treatment made my friends and I feeling pressured to leave the building; which is quite contradictory to how the AGO encourages the youth's involvement within the arts. Please don't treat younger people with disrespect; you cannot judge by one's appearance.
  • I visited the AGO for the first time Friday expressly to view the Lauren Harris paintings which have been highly advertised. I loved the art. I was surprised that the video discussion by Steve Martin was so low that it sounded as if he was mumbling and since it was well attended it was not that easy to view the subtitles. I learned a lot from the wall placards next to each drawing and painting. As I went to other exhibits I realized that this is not something that is present in every area and am really not sure why. I was especially disappointed that in the Group of Seven exhibit, there was zero labels. The name of the painting, the artist and the year would be the minimum that should be displayed since labels are very inexpensive and would add to the enjoyment of those that visit. The pride in our national treasures would be perhaps more evident if this information could be proudly displayed. Aside from that I was very impressed.
  • My favorite museum in the city. Updated galleries, façade and circulation areas by Frank Gehry are beautiful and filled with light. The model ship gallery is breathtaking and worth the trip alone. Throw in a comprehensive Group of Seven collection, the parlour gallery and exceptionally curated rotating exhibits and you have an ideal way to spend a day of quiet contemplation in downtown Toronto.
  • Great Canadian art. If you want all European then you will need to open your mind. Paul Peel's The Young Gleaner - Butterflies is here and is a masterpiece. Ghery's redesign is wonderful and there are excellent programs for kids. I love it.
  • Take advantage of Wednesday night 6~9 PM FREE general admission!! Make sure to climb the spiral stairs designed by Frank Gehry. It is a very comfortable environment. There are also a lot of Canadian and European paintings and sculptures. The guided tours are a good way to learn more about the paintings.
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